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New safety survey - what threats have you faced?


THE NATIONAL Union of Journalists is asking members to complete a survey to gather information needed to improve protection for UK-based journalists against online abuse and physical threats or danger.

This forms part of the NUJ's work with the UK's National Committee for the Safety of Journalists. The union is coordinating it jointly with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Society of Editors: it is being processed by Revealing Reality, a research agency with specialist understanding of the effects of online harms.

Please complete the survey even if you have not received abuse or threats. It will allow the researchers to map out the sectors of the industry where members are most vulnerable, the types and levels of abuse taking place, the response by the police and tech companies when members have made complaints, and the effect this intimidation is having on journalism.

This follows up a survey carried out in 2010, which found that alarming numbers of members had been on the receiving end of threats and abuse.

The new survey will take around 15 minutes to complete. All information provided will be treated confidentially, and the results will be published in a way that ensures individuals will remain anonymous.

NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet says: "I urge you all to take part in this research. We need a cultural change to stop this abuse and unacceptable behaviour from being normalised - threats of violence and harassment must not be allowed to become part of a journalist's job. The finding will help the union to work with the government and industry to protect journalists and allow them to do their job in safety."