On Monday 9 September 2008 National Union of Journalists (NUJ) General Secretary Jeremy Dear delivered a slamming attack on the erosion of UK civil liberties and press freedom at the Brighton TUC conference. The BBC video of the speech is here (59 minutes in).
Today saw the Internet release of the film Press Freedom: “Collateral Damage”.
The film highlights the increasing issues around press freedom in the UK, that has seen photographers and other journalists harrassed, intimidated,assaulted and put under surveillance by the London Metropolitan Police Forward Intelligence Team (FIT Squad).
One of the fundamental rules of a free and democratic society is a free press. If the press is no longer free to operate and document, the country is no longer democratic or free.
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