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.
Dale Farm Motion
The Travellers who live at Dale Farm in Essex are threatened with forced eviction by Basildon Council. There have been many infringements of the NUJ Code of Conduct and the Union’s general guidelines on reporting race and the London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) is dismayed by much of the reporting of local people organising to defend their homes.
As a branch of the trade union the LPB is also disappointed by the general lack of support and involvement of the wider labour and trade union movement in showing solidarity with Dale Farm residents and call upon the NUJ to issue a statement of support the Dale Farm Traveller’s campaign defending their community.
The LPB commends all those NUJ members, including many members of the LPB, who have reported events at Dale Farm in an ethical manner.
The LPB also calls upon the NUJ to issue a statement that the Union will defend any NUJ member who refuses to obey management if told to print and/or broadcast any material which goes against the Union’s Code of Conduct.