The NUJ has launched a website Reporting the BNP advising journalists on how to report the British National Party.
The website has a statement from NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear which says: "Our job is to scrutinise people from all parties. Our job is also to tell the truth, which is why we have provided this resource for journalists covering the BNP in the course of their work.
"It gives background information on the party, its past, its policies and its personnel; it provides information on how to follow the party’s progress in the European Parliament; it provides resources to help challenge the party’s claims on housing, immigration and race, and it explains why the BNP is not like any other party."
The site says no other party:
■was founded on the basis of a whites-only admission policy
■feels the need to remind members: ‘We are not a racist party’
■denies the Holocaust
■shelters so many convicted criminals in its ranks
■has links with a website that encourages attacks on journalists
Dear says: "This website provides you with a starting point for that research and puts the party, and its members, into a political and historical context. We hope you find it useful." Reporting the BNP highlights a quote from BBC special correspondent Gavin Hewitt: "No one I spoke to in Dagenham knew much about the BNP beyond the fact it was anti-immigration. They knew nothing of the history or the background of the party’s leaders or activists."
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