NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NB.
PR & Communications Branch Organiser:
Fiona Swarbrick 0207 843 3729
Mark Whitehead 07906720141
Charles Harkness & Mick Holder
Membership and Recruitment/Retention Officer:
Branch Equality Officer:
Carmel McHenry 0207 226 5501
Welfare Officer and DM Convenor:
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Future branch meetings 2017
New Venue until further notice: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.
Meetings: Wednesdays 6.30pm 11 October, 8 November.
From the NEC up
Barry White NEC London region Tue, 9 Feb, 2010
United together against Section 44
It’s not just professional photographers, including NUJ members, who are angry about the use of Section 44 to prevent photographers going about their work. Many who took part in the Trafalgar Square demonstration on Saturday 23 January were, what you might, call ‘hobby photographers’ and their anger was well expressed in the current edition of Steam Railway. Writing in this month’s edition, editor Danny Hopkins notes that ‘Our right to pursue our hobby unhindered has found support in a variety of quarters, culminating at the European Court of Human Rights in January, when a ruling against Section 44 (the law which gives the police the right to stop and search) was made. If that ruling stands (the Government is to appeal against it) the next time you are approached by an overzealous official, in whatever uniform and asked to stop taking photographs or notes, without grounds for suspicion’ it will be then, not you, breaking the law. Good, eh? But frankly, it is quite extraordinary that it should have come to this. Britain and the US are the self-appointed upholders of liberty and freedom and yet are own citizens have had to take the case for liberty and freedom to Strasbourg to get a result…’
Our photographer members have blazed the way in this campaign and it’s great to see strong alliances being built with others outside our union who share a common interest in defending our liberties and hard won rights!