NUJ Call For Change On Surveillance

    The NUJ continues to campaign against the monitoring and surveillance of trade unionists and journalists after Friday's High Court ruling that current surveillance powers are unlawful. The ruling follows David Cameron's statement to parliament yesterday in response to the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s report and Theresa May's publication of the terms of reference for the Pitchford public inquiry into undercover policing.

    Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: "Snooping on journalists and shopping their sources has made a terrible impact on the confidence potential whistleblowers have in putting vital information into the public domain. Criminalising sources and reporting has to stop.

    "Our demands are straightforward. Legislative changes on surveillance must include an independent and judicial process; journalists must receive an automatic and mandatory prior notification of requests to access their sources, materials and communications; and mechanisms need to be put in place so journalists and media organisations can challenge an application to access their sources with a robust right of appeal.

    "There is no difference between the authorities asking for a journalists’ physical contacts book or footage and their telephone and communications records. The effect is exactly the same and the same legal safeguards must cover both."

    Read the NUJ's full statement on their website - Time for change on surveillance