On 12 March 2018 the BBC website reported on the harassment of its Persian staff. It stated that it was making an unprecedented appeal to the UN to stop Iran from harassing its Persian service staff in London and their families in Iran. It said that Iran had intensified its campaign of intimidation, including threats, arrests of relatives and travel bans. According to the broadcaster, Iran began targeting the BBC’s Persian service after the disputed 2009 presidential election, when Tehran accused foreign powers of interference. The Iranian government disputed the allegations and accused BBC Persian of spreading false information to encourage the overthrow of the regime. Continue reading Stop the harassment of BBC Persian staff
The 2018 NUJ Delegate meeting to be held in Southport on 20 – 22 April will debate a motion (104) from the Public Relations and Communications branch calling for a ballot of the members to set up a political fund, whilst reaffirming the union’s continued party political independence. The motion has attracted a debate on-line both on NUJ Facebook and in Tim Dawson’s President’s platform http://www.londonfreelance.org/fl/1804prez2.html?i=flindex&d=2018_04 ‘Say ‘no’ to handing NUJ funds to political parties’. As the person responsible for drafting the motion, I thought I would share my reasons behind it. Continue reading The NUJ political fund debate – some questions and answers
Chris was a long standing colleague and his death at the end of last October came as a great shock. I sent the following appreciation of his life to the editor of The Journalist (the NUJ magazine) in early January for possible publication in the next issue of our magazine. My thanks to colleagues who assisted in this appreciation.
Chris Bartter, socialist, journalist, trade unionist and campaigner, died on 28 October aged 64 from a heart attack. Always larger than life, I first met Chris in the 1980’s when I was a publicity field organiser for the public service union Nalgo (now UNISON) and he was a lay publicity activist and campaigner in Scotland. Scotland was his adopted home. Chris was born in North London and then moved to Dorking in Surrey before moving on to Glasgow to study at Strathclyde University. In 1975 he went to work at the Mitchell Library, now one of Europe’s largest public libraries. There he joined Nalgo and met his partner Doreen Keen. Continue reading Remembering Chris Bartter