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BBC journos told not to cover anti war protests say NUJ

Media head | 26.09.2002 13:57

NUJ press release

Don’t bang the drum of war, says NUJ

September 23 2002

Journalists should be careful about being used to crank up the pressure to attack Iraq, NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear has warned.

He said the union had been contacted by members who said they were under pressure not to report anti-war activity. Some were BBC journalists who had been told by managers that it would be politically biased to publicise anti-war events.

NUJ members and union banners will be joining the anti-war march in London on Saturday September 28. Jeremy Dear said: “We have a special interest, not just as citizens opposed to a dangerous military adventure but also as journalists concerned at the way the media are being used to crank up the pressure for war.”

The march will also be in defence of Palestinians under occupation and attack by Israel. “We will demonstrate our particular solidarity with Palestinian journalists in their struggle to work and survive,” said Jeremy Dear. In June this year he was a member of a delegation from the International Federation of Journalists that visited Israel and Palestine to investigate conditions for journalists and express solidarity for them.

The march assembles on the Victoria Embankment and moves to Hyde Park for a rally. NUJ members and banners will gather on the Embankment outside Temple underground station from 12.30pm.

For more information, go to the Media Workers Against the War website at or the Stop the War Coalition at

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  1. and... — antiwar
  2. Evidence of censoring — Little Tommy T
  3. The link works — ....but
  4. hey and.. — atheist
  5. secular and democratic contingent on the demo — martin
  6. Two nations two states — Pego
  7. What about the right to return? — No 2 zionism
  8. Media bias against "Don't attack Iraq" movem — Philipo Greig
  9. AWL=Zionists — Victor
  10. Eh? — Joss
  11. AWL — Victor
  12. Hmmm.... — Joss
  13. AWL 2 — Victor
  14. But.... — Joss
  15. AWL3 — Victor
  16. anti-zionism — Joss
  17. AWL4 — Victor
  18. Left/Right — Joss
  19. The Shocking Truth! — Braveheart
  20. Hello - I'm reading! — No 2 Zionism
  21. Rights for all nations — Martin Thomas
  22. Response to AWL lies — Victor
  23. "Defender of the AWL" — Joss
  24. Zionism: the question — Victor
  25. AWoL — Victor