Archive for June, 2012

June Newsletter

26th June, 2012

Tonight! June Branch Meeting – Tackling the Crisis

Production Order – challenging false allegations

Support The Workers at Eleftherotypia

Dale Farm Production Order Overturned

NUJ Meet With G4S


June Branch Meeting – Tackling the Crisis

13th June, 2012

We are very pleased to have had Greek journalist, Georgia Mylonaki, a member of the Eleftherotypia newspaper strike committee and Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary speaking at our LPB branch meeting on 26th June  – “Tackling the Crisis”.

Eleftherotypia employees have been on strike for the last few months because they have not been paid since August 2011. The title was established after the defeat of the military dictatorship in 1974, it means “freedom of the press” and was originally owned by its workers. It tackled corruption and had a proud history. Georgia will tell us how they are fighting to save the newspaper.

Workers are facing the same struggles across Europe. Michelle Stanistreet has been invited to talk about the current crisis in the industry, the financial situation facing the NUJ and the strategy she is proposing for the coming months.

Audio from this meeting is available online.

Production Order – challenging false allegations

7th June, 2012

It has come to the attention of the London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) committee that scurrilous rumours have been circulated about LPB branch secretary Jason Parkinson in relation to the Production Order case.

The defamatory allegations refer to the Dale Farm Production Order legal challenge mounted by the NUJ and other news organisations to defend unpublished material gathered over two days of the traveller site eviction last year.

The allegation that has been circulated states that Jason had already handed the unpublished footage to the police.

Jason categorically denies this mischievous, false allegation, and both he and the branch committee are appalled that it has been made and circulated.

The Branch Committee totally supports Jason and will investigate the source of this misinformation which potentially damages the NUJ, the Production Order campaign and Jason’s professional, journalistic reputation.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jason for his courageous stand against the production order and the hard work of our NUJ legal team in winning a landmark victory for the NUJ and press freedom.

LPB Branch Committee

(Passed unanimously)