Archive for August, 2012

August 2012 Newsletter

22nd August, 2012

August Meeting: Digital Data Security

Technology and widespread Internet access encourage instant freedom of communication and organisation on a level previously thought impossible. But there’s a sinister, dangerous side to these technologies where companies and governments can access, use and block data to censor, spy on, follow or hurt those trying to distribute it.

Speaking will be Anna Mazzola & Athalie Matthews from Bindmans LLP as well as a Q&A on technology with photographers Edward Hirst & Jules Mattsson.

NUJ DM Delegate Election Re-Run

Unfortunately one of our LPB delegates has dropped out of representing the branch at the NUJ DM in October. Our reserve has also had  to back out. At the next branch meeting, Tuesday 28 August, we will need to re-elect a new delegate and two new reserves to fulfill our role at the DM.

We are also encouraging our student members who would like to attend to contact us. Our branch will cover the cost of one student member to attend the DM and work with other students from across the country, to report on the delegate meeting.

Payback Time!

The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) has a share of over £3 million in payback royalties for NUJ members whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines or broadcast on certain UK television channels.

Topshop Action Cancelled

In response to demands from the NUJ, Topshop have contacted the union and offered a meeting with senior representatives of Topshop and Arcadia to discuss Jess Hurd’s complaint. As a consequence the NUJ protest on Saturday 11 August has now been cancelled.

Olympics Legal Guidelines

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

Latest NUJ Council Vacancies

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.

 

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Draft Committee Minutes: 3 July 2012

Draft Branch Minutes: 26 June 2012

NUJ DM Delegate Election Re-Run

22nd August, 2012

Unfortunately one of our LPB delegates has dropped out of representing the branch at the NUJ DM in October. Our reserve has also had  to back out.

At the next branch meeting, Tuesday 28 August, we will need to re-elect a new delegate and two new reserves to fulfill our role at the DM.

The DM is where all union decisions are discussed and voted on democratically, delivering all the policy for the following years.

LPB has motions submitted on a change to the ethics code, fighting sexism in the industry and continuing to protect journalistic material and sources.

We are also encouraging our student members who would like to attend to contact us. Our branch will cover the cost of one student member to attend the DM and work with other students from across the country, to report on the delegate meeting. This is a great opportunity to work with other journalism students and meet a wide range of NUJ members from across the country.

August Meeting: Digital Data Security

21st August, 2012

6pm, 28th August 2012, NUJ, 308 Gray’s Inn Road

Technology and widespread Internet access encourage instant freedom of communication and organisation on a level previously thought impossible. We’ve seen the impact of these new ways of organising across the Middle East last year and in many situations closer to home. But there’s a sinister, dangerous side to these technologies where companies and governments can access, use and block data to censor, spy on, follow or hurt those trying to distribute it.

We’ve seen the state simply turning off communications in Egypt, the Syrian military targeting and killing journalist Marie Colvin and her colleagues after locating them through their data transmissions, and journalists having data cards, tapes and computer equipment taken or destroyed in many other countries. This meeting will cover two aspects of data security; the technological side of encryption, backup, secure transmission & ensuring data file integrity as well as the legal side of the laws relating to the state accessing and retaining your information, police surveillance and monitoring activities, your Data Protection obligations and protection from seizure of journalistic material as evidence.

Speaking will be Anna Mazzola & Athalie Matthews from Bindmans LLP as well as a Q&A on technology with photographers Edward Hirst & Jules Mattsson.

Please do RSVP on facebook here and invite interested colleagues, our panel meetings are open to all.

Payback Time!

21st August, 2012

The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) has a share of over £3 million in payback royalties for NUJ members whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines or broadcast on certain UK television channels.

Last year the average royalty payment made to an NUJ member was £655 and the highest payment was £4,150. Anyone who makes a successful Payback claim is guaranteed a minimum of £25.

Payback royalties come from revenue generated through various UK collective licensing schemes and include the photocopying of books and magazines by local government departments, universities and other businesses. DACS negotiates a share of this collective licensing revenue which we distribute to thousands of visual artists each year through Payback.

NUJ members now have until 31st October 2012 to claim their share and those who qualify for Payback will receive their royalties in December.

The easiest way to claim is to fill in a form online at  www.dacs.org.uk/for-artists/payback

Alternatively members can request a paper claim form by contacting DACS on 020 7553 9099 or payback@dacs.org.uk

Topshop Action Cancelled

10th August, 2012

Photographer Jess Hurd defies her ban from Topshop’s flagship Oxford Street store © Autumn Parkinson

 

Topshop offers to meet photographer Jess Hurd and NUJ representatives

In response to demands from the NUJ, Topshop have contacted the union and offered a meeting with senior representatives of Topshop and Arcadia to discuss Jess Hurd’s complaint. As a consequence the NUJ protest on Saturday 11 August has now been cancelled.

Jess Hurd said: “I am pleased Topshop have apologised for the delay and offered to meet with the NUJ – up until now the company had ignored my complaint. I would like to thank fellow NUJ members who organised solidarity and put pressure on Topshop via social networks. Collectively we will continue to make companies accountable when they refuse to respect press freedom and defend members who suffer abuse in this way.”

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said: “I am glad Topshop have seen sense and have responded to the complaint. Journalists play a critical public interest role in reporting on protests so the public are informed about what was happening. It is simply unacceptable that NUJ members face abuse and harassment whilst doing their jobs.”

Jess Hurd described the event in a complaint sent to Topshop in March 2012:

“Whilst attempting to photograph arrests of peaceful Uk Uncut protesters in Topshop, Oxford Circus, I was asked by a person I thought to be a security guard to leave, I said ‘ok’.

“As I was leaving I took a couple of pictures of an arrest. The man then said ‘right I’m arresting you for aggravated trespass’. He was not wearing a uniform and had not identified himself as a police officer.

“He began manhandling me, I said, ‘I’m a member of the press, I don’t understand why you are arresting me, I’m trying to leave’. He continued to use force to move me towards the back of the store and pulled my clothing up, exposing my upper body. I was sure that he didn’t have arrest powers and challenged again, he then said he was detaining me for ‘resisting arrest’. He was using quite a lot of force and I was shouting ‘you’re assaulting me, get your hands off me’.

“The security guard who ‘arrested’ me said that I couldn’t photograph and to keep my camera pointed down. The police officers held me by each wrist.

“I asked them if I was really arrested and they said yes. I asked them under what law I was arrested as I was there working as a member of the press. They quoted s68 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

“I asked if I could get my phone out because I wanted to record their details and the law they were using. They refused saying that I could make a call down at the police station. They continued to hold me and asked to take my camera which I declined.

“An inspector came into the room. I asked him why I was being held and that I was a member of the press. The male officer asked him if they were ‘continuing the original plan’, or words to that effect. The inspector said ‘hang on’ and sent the woman officer to get the security guard.

“They all came back and said I would be released but that I was ‘banned from Topshop’, I asked ‘why?’ and he said it was because I ‘trespassed’. I clarified, ‘so I’m not arrested then?’ and the inspector said, ‘not if you acknowledge that you have been banned from the store’.

Read full NUJ complaint

Drapers Online article

NUJ Press Release

We will keep you updated with developments.