International campaigns and solidarity have always been a key part of the union's work.
The NUJ is affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its aims are to strengthen the links amongst journalists' unions and the international trade union movement.
The International Federation of Journalists has 174 member organisations in 134 countries covering 600,000 journalists. The IFJ is a global voice for journalists and journalism.
This link allows the NUJ to co-operate with sister unions to take part in industrial campaigns at international level, gain access to the United Nations (UN) and the International Red Cross to lobby for better protection of journalists.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has upgraded its partnership with the IFJ to associate status – and this gives the NUJ an opportunity to work with UNESCO on policies relating to press freedom and safety of journalists.
Safety and protection of journalists
The most crucial issue at a global level continues to be the safety of journalists.
Each year the IFJ publicises a "killed list" report that shows violence against journalists the world over has now become endemic.
These reports indicate that the vast majority of journalists are killed, not in conflict zones, but locally, in situations related to their work and, most importantly, only a fraction of these murders are ever investigated, let alone anyone prosecuted, convicted and punished.
The IFJ launched a website in August 2013 dedicated to the safety and protection of journalists.