The NUJ has issued advice to members covering this week’s NATO summit in Newport.
Guidance for NUJ members and members of IFJ and EFJ affiliated trade unions when dealing with police or private security personnel.
- Immediately confirm you are working as a journalist. Show your press card and show that it can be verified by your personal identification number.
- ACPO [Association of Chief Police Officers] media guidelines confirm the police have no legal power or moral responsibility to prevent or restrict what journalists record.
- Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) the police have no power to seize journalistic material without a court order.
- Private security personnel on public property generally have no additional rights other than that of an ordinary citizen .
- You can be asked to leave whilst photographing or reporting on private property; you could be arrested and charged with trespass if you refuse.
Do NOT physically resist.
If you are involved in an incident:
- Try to film or record the conversation so that there is a record.
- Get witness names and contact details, also badge numbers of police officers.
Stop and Search – Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act 1984. You don’t have to give your details but it is best to cooperate. Show your press card and be prepared to have your card verified by its personal identification number. Under this Act, the police must:
- Provide their ID, name and police station.
- Tell you the object of proposed search.
- Provide a search record (important in case of any later legal action).
- Call Police Press Bureau number to help resolve local issues 0207 230 2171 (24h)
- Call NUJ emergency number below
You will be taken to a police station. Police are not entitled to seize journalistic material without a court order from a judge.
- Make sure the custody record logs your journalistic material (kit/phone/memory cards etc), protected under PACE as ʻSpecial Procedure Materialʼ. Make a note of the seal numbers on the evidence bags, ensure they are listed on the custody record.
- You have the right to inform someone of your arrest. Police must ensure this happens swiftly
FOR NUJ EMERGENCY LEGAL ADVICE call mobile 800 587 7530 or 07967 730038 or
landline 0800 587 7530
A police press office has been set up to deal with inquiries during the NATO summit. Lens-based journalists who have difficulty gaining access to areas that are not restricted can call one of these numbers for assistance: 01633 645 761/767/777. The office will be staffed 24 hours per day from today until 11pm on Saturday, September 6.
To file and report or for further legal advice please contact NUJ legal department on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 843 3704 or 07921 700 352
For further information about the NUJ see www.nuj.org.uk