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The union campaigns for race equality and for fair treatment and representation of Black people in the media.

The NUJ has a proud track record of challenging racism in the media industry.

Black members council

The BMC monitors discrimination in employment practices in the media industry and works with NUJ members in chapels and branches to promote anti-racism.

The council maintains a critical relationship with Black and minority ethnic media and can act as a liaison between the NUJ and local communities. 

The BMC also shapes NUJ attitudes, strategies and action by submitting motions to be debated at NUJ delegate meeting, which decides the policy for the union as a whole.

The NUJ uses the term Black in a political sense to refer to people from a visible minority who have a shared experience of racism and oppression. The union also uses the term BME (Black and minority ethnic), but it is NUJ policy to support the use of the term Black to indicate support for structures that encourage and facilitate Black self-organisation.

The BMC consists of people elected by Black members conference and one member from each of the union's industrial councils, Irish executive council, Scottish executive council and Welsh executive council.

Every year, the council organises the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture

BMC statement on Black Lives Matter, October 2020

The black members AGM 2015 invited Samantha Asumadu of Media Diversified and NUJ organiser Dominic Bascombe (formerly Father of the Chapel at the Voice) to talk about the lack of media diversity. Listen online to the event: Why is diversity in the media so hard to achieve?

The BMC also support the work of the union's charity the George Viner Memorial Fund which offers financial assistance to Black and minority ethnic students undertaking recognised journalism courses.

The council has also produced guidelines on reporting race.

Read the news about the NUJ's Black members. 

Find out who represents you on the Black members' council (members only).


The BMC condemns the brutal murder of unarmed Black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police in America.

It rightly sent shockwaves of revulsion around the world and led to mass Black Lives Matter protests, including in Britain. The BMC sends its deepest condolences to George Floyd's family and extends its support to all those people fighting for justice as a result of this latest instance of police brutality against the Black community.

We condemn the hateful statements of President Trump and the of taking militaristic action to attack peaceful American demonstrators and call on British prime minister Boris Johnson to join us in speaking out against this.

It should be remembered, there have been 13 deaths of Black people in police custody in the UK since 2010, yet no officer has been prosecuted.

We condemn as racist and an attack on press freedom the arrest of Black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, and his crew, who were reporting live from one of the protests on May 29. We deplore the dozens of attacks against journalists and other unjust arrests and send our solidarity to sister journalist unions and The National Association of Black Journalists.

The BMC calls on the NUJ general secretary to issue a statement along the lines of this motion and for her to encourage other Federation of Entertainment unions and the TUC to do the same as well as them visibly supporting the Black Lives Matter protest events in Britain.