Statement October 26 2001
The NUJ condemns the vicious attacks on New York,
Washington and Pennsylvania on September 11. We extend our deepest
sympathy and condolences to all those who have suffered such grievous
loss in this terrible tragedy The NUJ also condemns those who have
sought be use the atrocity to inflame racist and religious
The NUJ is concerned at attempts by the UK and other governments
to influence reporting of the British and US military campaign in
Afghanistan, particularly in the case of broadcast media. The
union welcomes the refusal of NBC, ITV and Sky News executives to
comply with attempts by Downing Street to dictate how the war is
The NEC notes with concern that several governments are attempting
to use the current political climate to push through so-called
"counter-terrorist" legislation, covering measures such
as phone tapping, police surveillance, encryption technology, the
detention of migrants, control over the Internet, and freedom of
The NEC notes that there is little agreement within the EU over
what the term "terrorism" actually means. The NEC is
alarmed that the European Commission has produced a formulation
so broad it would include anti-globalisation protesters.
The NEC affirms that the union will do everything in its power to
challenge the potential threats to press freedom and journalists'
The NEC further notes the great dangers journalists face when
reporting from war zones. It calls on media organisations to
ensure their journalists are well-prepared, equipped and insured
before being sent to a war zone. In this regard, the union
endorses guidelines on wax reporting and Journalists' safety
such as those produced by the IFJ.
The NEC resolves to promote solidarity with journalists from the
Arab and Muslim worlds, and to support their efforts to promote
professionalism and independence in the media, against the
threat of religious or governmental interference.
The NUJ calls for a considered and reflective response to the
events of September 11, which seeks to bring to trial before an
internationally recognised court those responsible for the
atrocity. We call on the TUC and all international organisations
to build alliances with journalists and trade unionists globally
for peaceful dialogue.