A MOTION passed at the NUJ's recent Delegate Meeting drew members' attention to an NUJ Brussels Branch list of eight questions for you to put your local candidates in the European elections on surveillance. The elections are on Thursday 22 May in the UK, on the same day as the local council elections, covered by the same polling card. They're on Friday 23 May in Ireland.
The eight question for Euro-candidates cover their policies (or the striking lack of them) on the surveillance of absolutely everybody, retention of the data that's gathered in this way, and transparency of national budgets and Euro-budgets earmarked for "security" (supposedly). They're to be found here, which links to some background material - it's a more engaging read than it might sound.
Also on the subject of surveillance, the Freelance spoke with NUJ Legal Officer Roy Mincoff at the Delegate Meeting. Roy said there would be some developments shortly in the NUJ's campaign on the blacklisting of journalists on "domestic extremist" databases held by (UK) police units such as the National Public Order Intelligence Unit and others. See here and watch www.nuj.org.uk and this space for updates.