National Committee for the Safety of Journalists

The National Committee for the Safety of Journalists brings together representatives from government, journalism, policing, prosecution services and civil society to work in collaboration to make sure journalists in the UK are able to operate free from threats and violence.

Role

The National Committee for the Safety of Journalists brings together representatives from government, journalism, policing, prosecution services and civil society to work in collaboration to make sure that journalists in the UK are able to operate free from threats and violence.

The Committee’s first task will be to develop a National Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists. This will set out how the safety of journalists in the UK can be protected..

Meetings

The committee meets twice a year. The first meeting was held on 13 July 2020.

Members

Rachel Maclean MP, Minister for Safeguarding, Home Office

Julia Lopez MP, Minister for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure, DCMS

Michael Agnew, Deputy Director, Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland

Sue Hemming, Director of Legal Services, Crown Prosecution Service

Kenny Donnelly, Head of Policy, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, National Police Chiefs Council

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Sam Donaldson, Police Service Northern Ireland

John Neal, Head of Newsgathering, BBC

Dawn Alford, President, Society of Editors

Owen Meredith, Chief Executive, News Media Association

Ruth Smeeth, CEO, Index on Censorship

Superintendent Hilary Sloan, Police Scotland

Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, National Union of Journalists

Rebecca Vincent, Director of International Campaigns, Reporters without Borders

Observers

Elena Consentino, Director, International News Safety Institute

Deborah Bonetti, Director, The Foreign Press Association

Prof. Ivor Gaber, UK representative, UNESCO Communications Sector

Tom Gibson, EU representative, Committee to Protect Journalists

Rozita Lofti, Head of BBC Persian, BBC World Service

Maria Ordzhonikidze, Director, Justice for Journalists

Ernest Sagaga, Head, Human Rights and Safety, International Federation of Journalists

Terms of Reference

National Committee for the Safety of Journalists Terms of Reference

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Committee Meeting minutes

13 July 2020 Minutes

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13 January 2021 Minutes

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19 July 2021 Minutes

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18 January 2022 Minutes

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Publications

National Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists

Press Releases

New plans to ensure safety of journalists.

Government publishes first ever national action plan to protect journalists.