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NUJ ethics

The union has always stood for high journalistic standards based on the NUJ code of conduct and the union backs members willing to take a stand for ethical journalism.

The ethics council deals with members' complaints, promotes ethical guidance and provides advice and support to members.

About the NUJ Ethics Council

The council meets regularly and forms part of the union's decision-making structure.

It provides advice and information on journalistic ethics.

The union campaigns in line with the spirit of the NUJ code of conduct.

Ongoing campaigning includes the protection of members' sources and materials.

Contact the ethics council

Email the Ethics Council: Please do not use this email for general queries. Any general querie, please email:

For advice and support, NUJ members can call the NUJ ethics hotline on 0845 450 0864.

Please note, the ethics hotline is for members to discuss ethical issues only.

For general queries please email or call Headland House on 020 7843 3700 or see the NUJ contacts page on this website for more information.

For work-related criminal matters, the NUJ provides support for members through Thompsons criminal law unit.

Thompsons operate a 24-hour emergency number: 0800 587 7530. Do not ring this number unless you have a genuine emergency.

All other referrals should be made through your full-time official.

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