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Deputy GS Hustings Tonight! 29 May 2008

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Hustings For Deputy General Secretary Candidates.

Thursday 29 May


Guardian Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA

Come along tonight and meet and question the candidates for the NUJ Deputy General Secretary position – all NUJ members welcome.

Scroll down to previous postings for more info about the election or visit the main nuj website at nuj.org.uk – see you all tonight


DGS Hustings: One Day To Go 28 May 2008

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Hustings For Deputy General Secretary Candidates.

Thursday 29 May


Guardian Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA

One day to go! Further to the posting below, Philip Hunt has a website up and running at http://www.philhunt.org.uk

The union has also sent out a mailshot to all members on its e-mail database with a pdf attachment containing a 200 word statement from each candidate. Contact HQ if you have not received this and get yourself added to the database.

We are also giving London NUj members who may not be at the meeting the chance to get a question in via e-mail. Post your question to nujhustings@googlemail.com

See you all on Thursday


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Don’t forget that the hustings meeting, to enable NUJ members in London to meet and grill (sorry question) candidates for the Deputy General Secretary position in the union, takes place next Thursday – May 29th.

Scroll down to previous postings for full details or read the latest issue of Bylines.

At its May meeting the London Central branch agreed to recommend members to vote for Michelle Stanistreet. Her website can be accessed at http://www.michelle4dgs.org.uk/

Of the other candidates, John Toner has a website at http://www.votejohntoner.com/ and Philip Hunt’s is at http://www.philhunt.org.uk/

If any Chris Youett sets up a site, we will post the details on this site – so keep dropping in. Better still – come along on the 29th and make your own mind up. It’s your union, it’s your vote

Next Branch meeting… and more! 20 May 2008

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This is just advance notice of the next branch meeting of the London Central NUJ which will be taking place on Tuesday 10 June. The meeting starts at 7.00pm and takes place at the usual venue of NUJ HQ, 308-320 Gray’s Inn Rd, London WC1. More details later.

But before then don’t forget the hustings meeting for NUJ members to meet and question candidates standing for the Deputy General Secretary position. This is being organised by the NUJ branches in London and takes place on Thursday 29 May at 7.00pm at Guardian Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1.

For further info on this scroll down to the relevant item on this site.

Branch report: Journalism in Iran 20 May 2008

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Two representatives of the Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network (IWSN) came along to the April branch meeting to report on the situation facing trade unionists and labour movement activists in Iran. In particular they were at our meeting to let us know about the conditions facing journalists under the regime. What they had to say disturbed all those present. Many journalists in Iran have been subjected to repression, arrest and – for some – much worse. One case highlighted by the speakers was that of Adnan Hassanpour, a Kurdish journalist, who has been under sentence of death since last July for spurious spying charges. Arrested at the start of 2007, he has routinely been denied visits from his family or even his lawyers. An online petition can be found at the Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF) site at www.rsf.org.

Another case is that of Yaghoub Mehmahad, journalist and secretary of the Javanan Sedaye Edalat NGO. No precise details of his so-called ‘crimes’ have ever been presented and at his trial neither his family, his lawyer or, indeed, the defendant was present yet he has been sentenced to death. His family last saw him in Zahedan prison in December and noted that he showed obvious signs of having been tortured.

Sadly the IWSN representatives were present to tell us that these examples are just the tip of a terrible iceberg. The JSF report for 2007 notes the following in relation to Iran: Dozens of journalists were arrested in 2006 for criticising the authorities and some were imprisoned in secret in difficult conditions without access to a lawyer. Fewer journalists are in jail but several are the targets of endless legal procedures and daily threats in the course of their work.

‘Since coming to power in August 2005, ultra-conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his team of mainly former leaders of the Revolutionary Guards and the intelligence services have cracked down hard on journalists. In 2006, 38 journalists were arrested and a dozen media-outlets censored. …. Many journalists were also held in secret, without even basic rights. Things have not got better since then.

The IWSN was formed following an approach by exiled leaders of the Independent Workers’ Association of Iran to various opposition activists about setting up a campaign in defence of the new wave of activities and struggles taking place in the Iranian labour movement.

Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network (IWSN) formally began its activities on 15 May 2001. It has been involved in supporting various independent labour committees in Iran, including Committee for the Pursuit of the Creation of Free Labour Organisations, Co-ordination Committee for the Creation of Labour Organisations, Workers’ Cultural and Support Organisation, the Union of Labour Committees and the Co-operation Council of Labour Organisations and Activists.

They have been active in defending the workers’ right to strike, the right to form independent trade unions and labour organisations and the right to elect their genuine representatives.

IWSN’s campaigns have included defending the ‘Saghez seven,’ the Iran Khodro auto workers, the Vahed bus drivers and their leader Mansour Osanloo.

Branch members can find out more about the IWSN and their work by going to www.iwsn.org or writing to them at BM IWSN, London, WC1N 3XX.

(Article from latest issue of Bylines – branch newsletter of the London Central NUJ)