Monday 12 September 2011

TUC backs NUJ's call for 'conscience clause'

The TUC annual conference in London has backed the NUJ's call for a "conscience clause" that would stop journalists being sacked if they refused to do journalism that was unethical and in breach of the Code of Conduct.

Congress called for "the introduction of a conscience clause in law to ensure that journalists standing up on a principle of journalistic ethics have protection against dismissal, and for Congress to support the broadest dissemination of the NUJ Code of Conduct."

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet told the conference: “The Code of Conduct governs all our members and is at the heart of what we stand for as a union.

"We have been long campaigning for journalists to have the right to a conscience clause, in law, so that when they stand up for a principle of journalistic ethics they have a protection against being dismissed."

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