Archive for July, 2012

LPB July Newsletter

31st July, 2012

July Branch Meeting Moved to August

Due to the expected massive disruption to the capital during the Olympics the London Photographers’ Branch committee has agreed to move the 31 July branch meeting to Tuesday 28 August to discuss “Digital Data Security”, when hopefully the city will have returned to some form of normality.

Olympics Legal Guidelines

Latest NUJ Council Vacancies

Olympics Legal Guidelines

17th July, 2012

The National Union of Journalists has been assured that there will be no press freedom issues during the Olympics with security guards, police or the military. This know-your-rights guide is designed to help if things go wrong. Download pdf version

 

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July Branch Meeting Moved to August

11th July, 2012

Due to the expected massive disruption to the capital during the Olympics the London Photographers’ Branch committee has agreed to move the 31 July branch meeting to Tuesday 28 August, when hopefully the city will have returned to some form of normality.

For any queries or questions contact Jason N. Parkinson.

Latest NUJ Council Vacancies

11th July, 2012
There are a range of current vacanies on NUJ Councils and the union is urging members to take part in these NUJ decision-making bodies and share the work of advancing the aims and objectives of the NUJ.
The NUJ is a democratic, campaigning union and strives to represent all sectors of the membership.
We have 34,000 members who work throughout the industry, as freelances, casuals and in staff roles in newspapers, news agencies, magazines, online, book publishing, in public relations and as photographers.
One way members can get more involved in the union is by volunteering to take a seat on a council, if the seat is contested then you will need to stand for election.

Audio: Tackling the Crisis

6th July, 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.

Tackling the Crisis from London Photographers’ Branch on Vimeo.

Audio: Olympic Concerns

6th July, 2012

There have been several high profile incidents around the Olympic venues and throughout the capital in recent months, as laws are increased, terrorist alerts are raised to “severe” and the country comes under the biggest security operation since World War Two. As cases of photography restriction have hit the news, so more cases are coming to light, from architecture students being confronted by a group of private security officers to a photojournalist being jailed for seven days, accused for breaching a protest-ban injunction while documenting construction work for Games Monitor.

Bindmans partner, human rights and public law solicitor Chez Cotton and criminal law lawyer Laura Higgs will be discussing what our members are likely to face over the coming months – from terror laws and the imminent Protection of Freedom law, to private security and military personnel – and how we can be best prepared as the capital braces for the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Chez Cotton specialises in actions against the police and other detaining authorities, with particular expertise in complex cases involving assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, discrimination (including disability) and claims under the Human Rights Act.

Laura Higgs specialises in serious crime and has a particular interest in cases which highlight human rights and political issues. She has recently acted for campaigners who have been prosecuted under the new Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 for holding unauthorised protests in Parliament Square.