On 26 July I spoke at a meeting on Murdoch organised by NUJ members and supported by the Defend the Right to Protest (DtRtP), at Conway Hall, London. Main speakers included Tony Benn, Michelle Stanistreet (NUJ general secretary) and Matt Foot, campaigning lawyer and DtRtP. I only had three minutes and here in full text of my contribution on behalf of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.
On 24 January 1986 Rupert Murdoch’s News International group moved production of their four newspapers (Times, Sunday Times, Sun and the News of the World) to Wapping in east London’s Docklands. Some 5,500 production and clerical workers were sacked overnight in what had been a carefully prepared exercise that was to change the face of the newspaper industry. The journalists were not sacked but more than 50 – ‘the refuseniks’ took a stand on principle and despite ‘bribes and other incentives, walked out of their jobs, refusing to move to Wapping on solidarity with their production and clerical worker colleagues. Continue reading Wapping remembered and 25 years on