Archive for February, 2012

NUJ Appeals Dale Farm Production Order

29th February, 2012

Enter Dale Farm: A riot police officer points a taser gun

Following the case that lasted several months spanning 2011 and 2012 at Chelmsford Crown Court and the subsequent ruling against those involved, I can now report the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has submitted an appeal to challenge the production order forcing journalists, media organisations and broadcasters to submit all their footage to the police.

The legal challenge is in response to a court decision requiring those involved to comply with the production order and hand over all footage gathered over the first two days of the Dale Farm eviction to Essex police.

In today’s press release those applying for appeal in addition to myself are the BBC, ITN, BskyB, Hardcash Productions. Read the rest of this entry »

February 2012 Newsletter

21st February, 2012

February Branch Meeting: Constructing Reality

Where are all the Women? Sexism in the Media industry…

TAKING ON THE MEDIA BARONS

Audio – In the Eye of Leveson: Privacy Law in France

Audio: The Art of War

LBP Vote on UKPCA Code

NUJ Opposes Boris Byelaws

Audio: The Art of War

21st February, 2012

 

On Tuesday 29 November 2011 the London Photographers’ Branch hosted a debate with award winning photographers Simon Norfolk and Territorial Army Sgt Alison Baskerville about propaganda, embedding, censorship, objectivity and art – The Art of War.
Simon’s widely recognised work has spanned from UK fascist groups to some of the worst war zones and refugee camps in the world. In the last ten years his work has focused on the meaning of the word “battlefield”.
Alison recently switched a 13-year career in the military to become a freelance photographer. Having scooped several awards with her previous work Alison has also recently returned from Afghanistan trip embedded with the riflemen in Helmand.

February Branch Meeting: Constructing Reality

21st February, 2012

Join us on Tuesday 28 February for a joint event with the NUJ Press and Public Relations Branch to discuss photography and PR. From practical best practice in commissioning and giving briefs, to more ethical questions about “constructing reality” we’ll debate and share experiences from both PRs and photographers. Guest speakers working in PR and professional photographers will set the scene before opening up for debate and networking.

6.00-8.00pm Tuesday 28 February NUJ, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London Debate followed by networking and refreshments.

Facebook Event

Where are all the Women? Sexism in the Media industry…

21st February, 2012

The NUJ is planning an event at TUC women’s conference this year entitled Where are all the Women? Sexism in the media industry – Organising the fightback.

The event will take place on Wednesday 14 March at TUC Congress House in London starting at 7pm. The venue address and map are here

All are welcome – so please feel free to invite others and promote the event to people you know.

RSVP: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

Here is the event leaflet – download leaflet

 

TAKING ON THE MEDIA BARONS

15th February, 2012

How can we make the media fair for all?

Date Sat, 17 Mar 2012

Time to from 10:00 to 16:00

Location Congress House, London WC1B 3LS

Cost £10 registration fee, £6 unwaged, includes refreshments and a sandwich lunch.
Register online now for £10 + £1.25 booking fee, £6 + £0.80 for unwaged, or pay by cheque for £10, or £6 unwaged. Read the rest of this entry »

In the Eye of Leveson: Privacy Law in France

15th February, 2012

 

Based on a talk given to NUJ London Photographers’ Branch by Nigel Dickinson, February 2012

Article 10 of the European Convention affirms that there are human rights for the freedom of expression and public rights to receive information. But in FRANCE this right is not absolute and has to be conciliated with certain individual rights. Read the rest of this entry »

LBP Vote on UKPCA Code

5th February, 2012

Mohamed Al Fayed leaves the inquiry into the death of Princess Diana. © Carmen Valino

On Tuesday 31 January the London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) passed the following motion.

“Following hostile criticism of press photographers at the Leveson inquiry, this branch calls on the General Secretary to draw the attention of the Inquiry to the NUJ code of conduct, and recommends that a common Code of Conduct drawing from the NUJ and other codes is adopted by all holders of a UKPCA national press card.”

As the NUJ has core participant status, General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet has written to all members inviting them to confidentially put forward their views and experiences to be submitted to Leveson.

Tell Michelle your experiences for the Leveson Inquiry

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Ethics and Murdoch by Andrew Wiard

NUJ Opposes Boris Byelaws

1st February, 2012

Letter to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
cc’d Mayors Office & City Hall Press Office

Dear Sir

The National Union of Journalists, London Photographers’ Branch notes with great concern the proposed introduction of new byelaws covering Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square. We are specifically concerned with the restrictions on press photography in these areas without prior written consent:

“Acts within the Square for which written permission is required: take photographs or film or make any other recordings of visual images for the purpose of or in connection with a business, trade, profession or employment or any activity carried on by a person or body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate.” Read the rest of this entry »