The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

In my view, a conscience clause, which I would support, really would only become operable if you also had adequate trade union representation within the news place. We all know that the NUJ has been derecognised in many places. I'm sure that many journalists would like to be a member of the NUJ, but may feel that there's no point if my employer won't recognise me, or puts impossible conditions on recognition, as happens at News International, because after all the NUJ does have an excellent code of practice, and if a journalist could say, "Well, both the code of practice of my union and my conscience clause forbids me from doing this", and if the trade union had a reasonably strong presence in the workplace, that would be effective. But it's very, very difficult, as we all know, for individual journalists, however well meaning they may be, to stand up to harassment and bullying.

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