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article imageOp-Ed: NUJ issues urgent notice to members for Rochdale EDL demo

By Richard Milnes     Jun 9, 2012 in World
Rochdale - The hypocritical National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has issued an urgent notice on its website demanding “that journalists be allowed to do their job without being harassed or threatened” during the EDL Rochdale demonstration.
The demonstration by the English Defence League (EDL) will take place on Saturday, 9 June 2012.
The 'urgent notice' makes reference to a statement appearing on the Casuals United website (which appears to have now been removed). Casuals United is linked to the EDL.
The NUJ was exposed in a previous Digital Journal article for what constituted an attack on press freedom by trying to silence the reporting of events and issues that might not be politically correct.
The article highlighted the NUJ’s behaviour, including its racial discrimination against white people, dictating to the media as to which political parties they should report favourably on, hindering the reporting of any events that might portray those of a specific racial or religious background in a bad light by the threat of disciplinary action; and generally ensuring that a theme of left-wing bias was communicated to its members.
The NUJ’s General Secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, had clearly laid out in an article she wrote in the Communist Morning Star, how she expected the NUJ’s members to report on the EDL.
The NUJ supports the far-left Unite Against Fascism
The NUJ is a supporter of the far-left, ironically named Unite Against Fascism. The list of founding signatories of the UAF includes Jeremy Dear, the former General Secretary of the NUJ.
A history of violence and intimidation from the far-left and Islamic extremist controlled UAF
The officers of UAF include:
Azad Ali
Vice Chair - Azad Ali: In February 2012, The Telegraph exposed “the community affairs co-ordinator of the extremist Islamic Forum of Europe” as a “fascist”.
On his Islamic Forum of Europe blog Mr Ali described the late Anwar al-Awlaki as “one of my favourite speakers and scholars”.
In September 2011, Fox News reported “Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki and another American-born militant were killed in Yemen early Friday morning by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike…”
Later in the article, Fox News quotes President Obama as saying about Awlaki “He took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans…and he repeatedly called on individuals in the United States and around the globe to kill innocent men, women and children to advance a murderous agenda.”
An article in The Telegraph in July 2010 described Azad Ali as “An Islamic extremist who has described al-Qaeda as a “myth””. It accuses him of threatening a reporter after Channel 4’s Dispatches produced a documentary, aired in March 2010, exposing “how a fundamentalist Muslim group [IFE] has secretly infiltrated the Labour party and the broader political system”, “How it wants an Islamic State or caliphate and how it wants to live by Sharia law in the UK.”
Weyman Bennett
Joint Secretary - Weyman Bennett: Part of the leadership ‘Central Committee’ of the far-left, Marxist, Socialist Workers Party (SWP).
The BBC reported that Mr Bennett was arrested at an EDL demonstration in Bolton on 20 March 2010, “on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder, police said.” He had been the protest organiser for a UAF counter-demonstration.
The Manchester Evening News reported, “Weyman Bennett, Rhetta Moran and Paul Jenkins from Unite Against Fascism were among 74 people arrested during the March demonstration.” It goes on to say “The trio were interviewed by police on two separate occasions but the Crown Prosecution Service has advised that no further action should be taken.”
The Independent reported that police blamed the anti-fascist protesters for provoking the violence. It said that of the 74 people arrested, at least 55 were thought to be from the anti-fascist group and nine from the EDL.
It reports that Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said “We have seen groups of people, predominantly associated with the UAF, engaging in violent confrontation,” and goes on to say “It is clear to me that a large number have attended with the sole intention of committing disorder and their actions have been wholly unacceptable. They acted with, at times, extreme violence and their actions led to injuries to police officers, protesters and members of the public.”
Martin Smith
Assistant Secretary - Martin Smith: Also part of the leadership ‘Central Committee’ of the far-left, Marxist, Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP).
The Independent reported that Martin Smith was also arrested at the Bolton demonstration in March 2010.
Only five months earlier he had been found guilty of assaulting a police officer at a demonstration outside the BBC on 22 October 2009. He was sentenced to 80 hours community service and was fined £450 (£100 payment to the police officer and £350 costs).
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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