The IFJ (International Federation of Journalists) has joined the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in supporting six members who have taken legal action against the Metropolitan Police and the Home Secretary. The legal challenge concerns the monitoring and recording of their lawful journalistic and union activities by Police since 2008. Read more on this entry.

29 September 2014. NEC member Fiona O’Cleirigh reported from last week’s NUJ Information Security event that, thanks to the ever more intrusive activities of state security services, it is getting harder and harder to guarantee information sources their anonymity. Which makes whistleblowing and countering official corruption that much more difficult. Read more on this entry.

The NUJ is hosting on Monday June 30th (Headland House, 18.30) an event to mark one week since leading journalists covering Egypt were sentenced by the current government, largely on specious grounds. Confirmed speakers include Paul Mason – Channel 4, Jim Boumelha – IFJ president, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Michael Hodgkin – FoC at Al Jazeera English. Read the rest of this entry »

“We need a vision of security that is rule-of-law based and human-rights based – if we can build that vision, then I think a lot of people would want to join.” That was Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, in his address to members of the Brussels branch of the NUJ in the Brussels Press Club on 10th June 2014. Read more on this entry.

8Q - MEPs answerWith one week to go before voting in the European Parliament 2014 elections, eight questions on European surveillance issues were sent to existing MEPs on the Belgian list. Here is how they answered. Read more on this entry.

Brussels, 13 May 2014. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled that internet search engine operators are responsible for the processing of personal data from any webpages, and should respond to the legitimate requests of ordinary people to exercise their ‘right to be forgotten’. Read more on this entry.

While the US pressure is considerable, the killing of the amendment advocating protection for Snowden is not merely a matter of external forces, but the outcome of decisions taken within the major European governments and political parties. Read more on this entry.

Brussels, 12/01/2014. The European Parliament makes grand claims to be the true home of European democracy. But as one part of the established Brussels press corps has found out, sometimes these claims are honoured more in the breach than in reality. Read more on this entry.

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