Socialist Worker

TUC votes to protect journalists

by Simon Basketter, at the TUC conference in London
Issue No. 2269

Unions unanimously voted for journalists to be covered by a legally binding 'conscience clause', following the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World.

Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the NUJ, made the call for a law to protect journalists who are put under pressure to take part in unethical media practices.

She told delegates there was a clear link between 'union-busting' at News International and the 'moral vacuum' that had been allowed to exist.

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