Miranda, the Arctic 30, Palestinians and press cards
DAVID MIRANDA - partner of a Guardian journalist working on the Edward Snowden revelations on NSA/GCHQ surveillance of absolutely everybody - was recently held and questioned under the notorious Schedule 7 Terrorism Act at Heathrow. There's a petition calling on the UK and USA governments to "stop intimidating journalists and their families" Please take a look at the petition at act.freepress.net/sign/journ_press_intimidation and consider signing it.
The NUJ is supporting an application for a judicial review, which was lodged in August, on the Schedule 7 interrogation of Miranda, an act also condemned by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ, of which the NUJ is a part.) See www.nuj.org.uk/news/whistle-blower-or-terrorist-why-the-nuj-supports-review-of - and tell firstname.lastname@example.org your Schedule 7 story, as we asked earlier this year.
There's also a campaign to get the IFJ international press card recognised in Israel and the territories it occupies. Currently, the Israeli authorities regularly turn back at their numerous checkpoints Palestinian journalists who have international press cards or other forms of press accreditation. There's an IFJ petition on this - addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon - at secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Freedom_of_Movement_for_Palestinian_Journalists
And there's a model letter at http://tinyurl.com/arctic30 to send to the Russian Embassy regarding the freelance journalists - UK national Kieron Bryan and Russian photographer Denis Sinyakov - detained in Murmansk, Russia alongside the "Arctic 30", though understood to be independent of Greenpeace.