The National Union of Journalists
has admitted that the BNP
demonstration outside its London office two weeks
has prompted them to look into the racist murder of
white teenager Gavin
On Monday 16th of February the British
held a demonstration outside the NUJs national
HQ on Grays Inn Road.
After the demonstration we reported that
The NUJ had issued a press release before the demonstration
in an attempt to cover up their own incompetence and racism
when reporting racist attacks. The report also asked
Whether the NUJ has learned anything from yesterday's
events remains to be seen. It now appears that they
may have done. In response to this BNP
question the NUJ has issued the following statement The
NUJ magazine, "The Journalist", is now investigating
Hopley story and its coverage and will report on it.
(NUJ press release 19/02/04)
This is a major step forward in the campaign
The truth about the NUJ and their lies.
The National Union of Journalists reports
surrounding the British
and the Justice for Gavin
Hopley demonstration would be laughable if they were
not so seriously inaccurate. Many of the claims in their
statement are unsubstantiated rhetoric aimed at interfering
with the democratic process in the run up to the election
Here we respond to just some of the accusations
made on the NUJ's website
The NUJ says: the BNP
does note that there were "some Asians" on the
jury that acquitted a man charged with the murder
havent commented anywhere about the composition of
the jury in the Gavin
Hopley murder trial, and we challenge the NUJ to provide
evidence that we have.
The NUJ says: No-one was given
the afternoon off [to attend the counter demo]. While most
of the NUJs officials joined the counter-demonstration,
the staff did not. It was a voluntary matter.
members of the NUJ joined the NUJs counter
demonstration in order to report back to us. While the demo
was in progress they noted that the NUJ building was virtually
empty. Furthermore after the counter demo had ended
dozens of people were seen going back into the NUJ building.
The truth is that the NUJ said that their staff were free
to join if they wished, hence the use of the phrase voluntary
The NUJ says: An Internet search
returned eight BBC articles on the murder of Gavin
Hopley. Additionally, the Asian News reported on the
case in detail.
An Internet search of the BBC website actually returns just
four articles. We give credit to the Asian News for giving
the story coverage but to say that they reported on
the case in detail is utter nonsense. The article
(published 19/12/03) is only 421 words in length. Compare
that with the millions of column inches given to Stephen
Lies about BNP
The NUJ says: The BNP
is an anti-free speech organisation
will introduce a Bill of Rights, establishing as absolute
the right of all people to effective freedom of speech,
assembly and worship. The Constitution of the British
Section 1, sub-section 2 paragraph f. The BNP
is one of the most pro-free speech organisations in the
UK, no other partys constitution calls for the establishment
of a Bill of Rights that will guarantee the fundamental
freedoms outlines above.
The NUJ say: The BNP
has falsely attempted to equate the case of Gavin
Hopley's murder with that of
THE TRUTH: There is no falsely
about it. Lets look at the facts.
Two young men, one white and one black were murdered
in separate racist attacks nearly ten years apart.
In both cases the police have failed to secure a
conviction for murder.
In the case of the black victim there has been an
Official Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his
death and the police failure to deal with it properly (the
Mac Pherson Report).
In the case of the white victim the police have announced
that the investigation is now closed. In English
law no murder investigation is ever closed.
The investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence
is still open. Please feel free to check this for yourself
A search of the Greater Manchester Police
website for Gavin
Hopley returns No Results were found.
The NUJ say: It has been reported
that, in recent years, some BNP
members have attempted to join the NUJ. Perhaps they are
attracted by our honourable record in promoting the highest
professional and ethical standards.
THE TRUTH: BNP
members have not attempted to join the NUJ,
they HAVE joined the NUJ as many other BNP
members with the appropriate union for their trade or profession,
as is their right to do. But it certainly isnt because
of the NUJs honourable record in promoting the
highest professional and ethical standards. The case
Hopley has proved that professionalism within the NUJ
is something they seriously have to work on, as they do
with their ethical standards.