The decision by Israel’s supreme court to jail for three months nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu - who has already served a prison sentence after revealing information to the Sunday Times - for meeting a foreign national, has been condemned as an outrage by the NUJ.
Vanunu has been convicted of a ‘violation’ of the restrictions imposed on him since his release in 2004 after 18 years behind bars. Vanunu was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel's Dimona nuclear plant to the Sunday Times.
The NUJ made Mordechai Vanunu a Member of Honour in 2004, recognising his suffering in the cause of freedom of information at the hands of the Israeli authorities.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: “While protesting against this sentence in the strongest possible terms, the NUJ believes that the conditions imposed on Mordechai following his release have arbitrarily limited his rights to freedom of movement, expression and association and are therefore in breach of international law.”
The NUJ is writing to Israel’s ambassador in London, Ron Prosor, urging him to put pressure on the Israeli authorities not to implement the prison sentence and to withdraw all the draconian conditions imposed on Vanunu.