Many times since the London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) of the NUJ was founded three years ago, we’ve had discussions and reports of violence against and the imprisonment of media workers throughout the world. The Branch committee decided that a more full report be made to the Branch’s AGM this past January.
I sought advice from the IFJ as to how to proceed and was put in touch with Mehmet Koksal who agreed to interview a journalist recently released from a Turkish prison. A short video of the interview with Mehmet and Baris Terkoglu was made and shown to the thirty-one people at our AGM. A dossier of repression in several other countries was also compiled and forty copies were taken away at the meeting. The interview is now available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygak4w5pSKc.
We understand very well the importance of continuing informing our members of the world-wide violence used to suppress journalists from reporting, whether by writing or using cameras. Our recent International Report to the LPB AGM was part of our continuing solidarity.
Larry Herman (Secretary, LPB)