National Union of Journalists

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The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is the trade union for journalists in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It was founded in 1907[1] and has 38,000 members. It is a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

The NUJ strives to improve the pay and conditions of our members and protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards. The NUJ provides specialist employment support and advice for members.[1] "Together we're stronger, and we can make a difference."

Member Representation

The NUJ represents members in the following sectors:[2]


The NUJ has an all-party parliamentary group which meets regularly whilst parliament is sitting.[3] The NUJ takes an interest in a range of parliamentary committees, contributes to parliamentary inquiries and public consultations on legislation.[4] The NUJ is not affiliated to any political party and organises meetings and campaigns with politicians on union priorities agreed by NUJ members. The NUJ Campaigns and Communications department is responsible for working with members of the NUJ parliamentary group.[5]

The chair of the group is Clive Lewis, a former broadcast journalist and MP for Norwich South. The vice-chairs will be from across the political spectrum and will be confirmed after the summer recess.

The NUJ also works with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group and supports TUC parliamentary campaigns.

Note to me: I failed to find any APPG which looked like it might be the one they are talking about.

Leveson Inquiry

The NUJ supported the Early Day Motion for Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry. "That this House is hugely disappointed and angered by the Government's refusal to proceed with Phase 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into the relationships between media companies and the police; believes that this is bad for politics, bad for journalism and bad for the public; further believes there is a clear need for an inquiry into whether the botched initial investigation into telephone hacking by the Metropolitan Police was due to ineptitude or because of the cosy relationship between senior executives of both organisations, with high-ranking officers being rewarded with lucrative columns in Rupert Murdoch's newspapers; believes that we need an investigation into the mass amnesia and ignorance of newspaper executives at the Leveson inquiry and at parliamentary committee hearings; and still considers that there is overwhelming public interest in an inquiry into the extent of corporate governance and management failures at newspapers organisations and the role of politicians, public servants and others in any failure to investigate wrongdoing at News International." ref

EDM 485: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS, That this House welcomes the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) campaign to end impunity for crimes against journalists; commemorates the UN international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists on Thursday 2 November 2017; notes that the UN day of action was adopted in 2013 to mark the anniversary of the killing of two French reporters in Mali, and comes ahead of another important ·anniversary on 23 November, of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines when at least 32 journalists lost their lives in the single deadliest attack on the media; further notes that the priority areas of concern this year for the IFJ are Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Ukraine and Yemen; supports the aim to hold all governments accountable for their impunity records and denounces crimes targeting journalists that remain unpunished; condemns the perpetrators who have killed the 55 journalists who have lost their lives when carrying out their duties since the beginning of 2017; deplores that only one out of every 10 killings in the media globally is investigated; and calls on the Government to use its influence around the world to bring such impunity to an end. [1]


  1. ^ Rights. Employment, Health and Safety, Equality, Parental leave, Trade Union, Employment rights in Ireland. The National Union of Journalists. Accessed Aug.02.2018.
  2. ^ About the NUJ. The National Union of Journalists. Accessed Aug.02.2018.
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  5. ^ NUJ submissions. The National Union of Journalists. Accessed Aug.03.2018. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "nuj-in-parl" defined multiple times with different content