Wednesday, 31 August 2011

NUJ guide

Letter by Mark Walker to The Northern Echo about NUJ censorship. Rather proving his point, the part about NUJ censorship was censored when published. Censored section in red.

Submitted version:

On Thursday 18th August The Northern Echo printed two pro-British National Party letters in Hear All Sides. Well done, because I doubt that readers are aware of NUJ (National Union of Journalists) guidelines which stipulate that when actually covering stories about the British National Party, journalists must not do so in a positive light.

This rule doesn’t apply to other political parties, therefore, is it any wonder that the public give the party such a wide berth? We don’t ask for favours, though a level playing field would be a start. The controlled media is a powerful tool and has turned ‘BNP’ into a swear word in the public arena. Party members work extremely hard to prove otherwise, with varying degrees of success.

Again, well done to the Northern Echo and HAS for the aforementioned impartiality. As for the other parties which have been instrumental in creating the mess we find our beloved country in, the British National Party repeats, ‘Stop telling lies about us and we will stop telling the truth about you!’

Mark Walker
British National Party

Printed version:

THE Northern Echo recently printed two pro-British National Party letters in Hear All Sides (Aug 18).

We don’t ask for favours, though a level playing field would be a start.

The controlled media is a powerful tool and has turned the letters BNP into a swear word in the public arena.

Party members work extremely hard to prove otherwise, with varying degrees of success.

Well done to The Northern Echo and HAS for the aforementioned impartiality.

As for the other parties, which have all been instrumental in creating the mess we find our beloved country in, the British National Party repeats: “Stop telling lies about us and we will stop telling the truth about you.”

Mark Walker, British National Party.


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