Monday, 23 April 2012

NUJ plans court protest over production orders

The NUJ and London Photographers' Branch have called a "Not FIT" protest aimed at sending a  message to the police and courts about the need for protection of sources and journalistic material. 

"Not FIT" refers to police evidence gathering units known as Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT) that use cameras, camcorders and audio recorders to conduct surveillance at demonstrations.

The protest is planned for 9.15am this Wednesday (25 April) at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand in London in support of the judicial review of the Dale Farm production orders which would force broadcasters and journalists to hand over unbroadcast film of evictions at the farm.

The NUJ argues that production orders put journalists at risk if they are seen as "agents of the state" gathering material that could be used in court cases against protesters.

The NUJ, Sky News, ITN and the BBC are supporting the call for a judicial review of the Dale Farm production orders.

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