Archive for September, 2011

Call for Ethical Reporting of Dale Farm

29th September, 2011

Image © Paul Mattsson

Following recent extensive reporting on the Dale Farm Irish Travellers community in Essex and the impending eviction by Basildon Council, branch member Paul Mattsson brought forward a motion to the September LPB branch meeting.

Many members of the branch had been covering Dale Farm and many raised concerns towards some of the reporting of the story, from allegations made in news reports with no basis of fact or evidence, to underhanded and unethical methods of journalism that came nothing short of downright lies. Read the rest of this entry »


21st September, 2011

Press Release from Basildon Borough Council
Number: 2720
Date: 21 September 2011
For Immediate Release


Council appeals to media for cooperation on Oak Lane and Oak Road-Dale Farm
during forthcoming operation to clear Dale Farm

In light of some practical health and safety issues that arose on Monday 19
September Basildon Council is asking all members of the media for their
cooperation in a number of important areas if the operation to Clear Dale
Farm resumes.


Due to congestion on both Oak Lane and Oak Road – Dale Farm, members of the
media are asked not to park their vehicles on these roads from now until
further notice.

Alternative parking arrangements will be provided at the council’s
operational base which is accessed from Oak Road. Many of you will already
be aware of this site.

In order to access these parking facilities you must provide photo
identification and valid media accreditation such as an NUJ pass and / or
your media company identification.

We would also ask you to contact the council’s press office 24 hours before
you wish to access the site to provide details of your vehicle. Please
email: or call 01268 294765.

Failure to comply with these requests may mean that you are refused access
to our parking facilities.

Presence on Oak Lane – Dale Farm

On this narrow laneway leading up to the entrance to Dale Farm we would ask
the media to take particular care not to do anything to obstruct the
progress of the council, our contractors or the police in carrying out what
may at times be a difficult job.

There may be times during the operation when for your own safety and the
safety of others we will ask you to move away from certain areas. When
this happens we would ask you to cooperate by complying promptly with any
requests made by the council, our contractors or the police.

Council and media working together

The council has made every effort during this operation so far to work with
the you and facilitate media coverage of the operation. We fully intend to
continue doing this but ask that you cooperate with the above important
requests which are for the health and safety of everybody present.


September Newsletter

14th September, 2011

September Branch Meeting

Public Order: Covering Volatile Situations Safely – Home & Abroad

NUJ guidelines for reporting on travellers and gypsies

TUC Motion on Safety of Journalists

LPB Condemns EDL Attacks

Anton Hammerl Benefit

Enough is Enough – No redundancies!

PHNAT Pamphlet Launch & ‘Stand your Ground’

Public Order: Covering Volatile Situations Safely – Home & Abroad

14th September, 2011

Following the recent riots across London and the UK, and the widening unrest and uprisings internationally, the September branch meeting will focus on “Public Order: Covering Volatile Situations Safely – Home and Abroad”.

An evening of photography, film and discussion with branch members experienced in covering public order situations nationally and internationally – we will look at preparation, planning, support, equipment, frontline behaviour, exit strategy and the tactics and weapons you will come into contact with.

The speakers will be Paul Mattsson, a veteran of covering international protest, Carmen Valino, local and international photographer who has covered the worst of the UK unrest in these recent years, and Jason N. Parkinson, video journalist covering protest and conflict, who was recently nominated news finalist in the 2011 Rory Peck Awards.

There will also be a slideshow of members coverage of the UK riots. Please contact to submit your images.

Facebook Event.

NUJ guidelines for reporting on travellers and gypsies

14th September, 2011

“Only mention the word gypsy or traveller if strictly relevant and accurate.

Give balanced reports, seeking travellers’ views as well as those of others, consulting the local travellers where possible.

Resist the temptation to sensationalise issues involving travellers, especially in their relations with settled communities over issues such as housing and settlement programmes and schooling.

Try to give wide coverage to travellers’ lives and the problems they face.

Strive to promote the realisation that the travellers’ community is comprised of full citizens of Great Britain and Ireland whose civil rights are seldom adequately vindicated, who often suffer much hurt and damage through misuse by the media and who have a right to have their special contributions to Irish and British life, especially in music and craft work and other cultural activities, properly acknowledged and reported.

NUJ Code of Conduct


14th September, 2011


Dale Farm Operational note for media 140911

Basildon Council press office will have a presence both on site and at the Basildon Centre from Saturday 17th September

On site media area:

A media area has been set up off of Oak Road, facing the Dale Farm unauthorised site.
Basildon Council press officers will be on site from 0715 every day. Access to the media area will be restricted to journalists with NUJ or other recognised media accreditation. We will not be restricting access to the Dale Farm site except in cases of emergency.

If you are on site, please liaise with the on site press officers with any filming/interview requests and media enquiries.

A council Media briefing will be held at midday from Monday 19 September. A police briefing will follow on from the council briefing at approximately 12.15 pm. Other briefings from both council and police will take part on merit and at times to be advised.

If you are off site and have a media enquiry, please call the press office on 01268 294765/01268 294415/01268 294526. The email address is

The off site press office will initially be staffed from 0700 Monday to Friday and from 0800 at the weekends.

Key media contacts:
Cormac Smith – Head of Communications
Fergus Sheppard – Senior Communications Officer
Adam Keating – Senior Communications Officer
Alex Ellis – Communications Officer
Angela Wilson – Publicity and Projects Officer
01268 294526
Out of hours please call 01268 286622 when you will be given the mobile number of the duty press officer

Outside Broadcast vehicles and parking:

If you have not already done so, please email with any requirements for outside broadcast vehicles. Please email your organisation and vehicle type and registration, along with a mobile contact number. We have limited space, so please do this as soon as possible.

Please note that due to space restrictions, we will not be allowing any parking within the media area for any vehicles other than allocated outside broadcast vehicles.

Parking for non-OB vehicles is at The Belvedere pub, Harding’s Elms Road, CM11 2UH – this is about a five minute walk from the Dale Farm site. OB vehicles must park only in the space allocated to them in the councils media centre.

TUC Motion on Safety of Journalists

12th September, 2011

The NUJ have tabled this emergency motion to the TUC congress, to be seconded by the RMT:

NUJ – TUC emergency motion – English Defence League

Congress is appalled at the treatment of NUJ members in East London on Saturday 3 September 2011.

Journalists were carrying out their work, reporting the EDL event, taking photographs and recording eye witness accounts on behalf of a wide range of media outlets.

Journalists were subjected to harassment, threats and abuse including physical assaults, racist abuse and bottles and fireworks being thrown at the press. One journalist was subjected to a sexual assault and another suffered burns after an EDL protestor set the journalist on fire.

Congress publically condemns the actions of the EDL and the ways in which they target media workers and Congress will continue to support all trade unionists that are targeted by the far-right. Read the rest of this entry »

LPB Condemns EDL Attacks

5th September, 2011

An EDL supporter grabs the camera of a photographer during the Tower Hamlets protest: © Jules Mattsson

On Saturday, 3rd September supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) travelled from around the country to a ‘static’ demonstration on the edge of Tower Hamlets in East London.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) has received numerous reports of harassment, threats, physical assaults, racist abuse, bottles and fireworks being thrown and photographers being punched and kicked. One journalist was subjected to a sexual assault and another NUJ member suffered minor burns and required medical attention after an EDL supporter used a flammable accelerant to set him on fire.

Branch Secretary Jason N. Parkinson said: “LPB condemns the attacks on journalists by supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) during Saturday’s protest.

“These attacks are just the latest in a long history of violence, threats and even fatwas issued on the press and there is only one reason behind them all – to intimidate and deter the media exposing the violent and racist behaviour of the far right.

“An attack on the press is an attack on press freedom and on our democracy.”

NUJ offers support and assistance to members following attacks during EDL protest

Anton Hammerl Benefit

5th September, 2011

International photographers offer their work for fallen colleague Anton Hammerl

Online benefit in aid of his children launches on September 5, 2011

 When Anton Hammerl’s family hold a memorial service for him in London on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, he will not be forgotten by fellow photographers and journalists the world over.

Some of the most renowned names in the world of photography have rallied together to donate images exclusively for sale on website – – to raise funds for Hammerl’s three children, 11-year-old Aurora, seven-year-old Neo, and 6-month-old baby Hiro. Hammerl was killed while covering the war in Libya in April 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Release Press Helpline Ahead of EDL Tower Hamlets Demo

2nd September, 2011

The Metropolitan Police Press Bureau will have the helpline for photographers and other lens-based journalists whilst covering the EDL static demo on Saturday.

The number is 07917 556 824.