The NUJ will renew its efforts to have fascist website “Redwatch’ closed down after delegates voted in favour of a motion to investigate the possibility of legal action.
Over the years many journalists have been targeted by Redwatch, threatened, and verbally or physically attacked. Redwatch, which was described by motion proposers as “a racist organization”, has been active since the 1970’s against journalists and trade unionists who are committed against racism.
Peter Lazenby, Leeds Branch Chair, told the NUJ student blog that Redwatch extremists have declared all journalists who oppose racism as their enemy.
Yorkshire Evening Post Staff Reporter Peter Lazenby is among the targets of Redwatch. The extremists at Redwatch have named Yorkshire Evening Post’s newsroom as a ” hotbed of Marxism agitation”.
Redwatch people recently attacked campaigning journalist Peter Lazenby in court.
Teaching unions first became aware of the website, which is based in the United States, in the 1970’ s when Redwatch produced leaflets urging people to attack journalists like Peter Lazenby.
Today, the Internet has given them a sophisticated and effective way to spread their message. The website has published photos, addresses, telephone and car registration numbers of those who raise racist and fascist issues.
Peter Lazenby praised the NUJ role to campaign for the closure of Redwatch. “Journalism is a unique profession with unique responsibilities to tell the truth that people in power would not like to tell. This puts journalists in danger, but they should not stop.”