BBC petition for Gaza appeal
Staff at the BBC have launched a petition campaign against director-general Mark Thompson’s decision not to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee’s humanitarian appeal for Gaza.
The petition argues that “by denying the victims of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza a chance of assistance, the BBC is actually taking sides” in the conflict.
It is supported by the NUJ’s BBC World Service branch and has already attracted hundreds of signatures.
Photographers to protest at new 'terrorism' law
Monday of next week will see Section 76 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 come into force. This will allow police to arrest anyone taking photos “likely to be useful” to a terrorist.
The NUJ together with activist Mark Thomas has organised a “media event” that day outside New Scotland Yard, central London. Just turn up with your camera at 11am.
Journalists' media ownership meeting
The NUJ Left has called a public meeting titled “Media ownership – on whose terms, in whose interests?”
It is at 7pm next Tuesday at the London Welsh Centre, Gray’s Inn Road. Speakers include former BBC industrial and political correspondent Nicholas Jones.