NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NB.
0207843 3700.

PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0207 843 3729

Chair: John Millington

Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Auditors: Charles Harkness & Mick Holder

Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne

Membership and Recruitment/Retention Officer: Mark Whitehead

Branch Equality Officer: Carmel McHenry 0207 226 5501

Welfare Officer and DM Convenor: Debbie Cavaldoro

Sector NEC member: Sian Jones

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Future branch meetings 2017

New Venue until further notice: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.

Meetings: Wednesdays 6.30pm 11 October, 8 November.

Nuj Welcomes Prca Bell Pottinger Ban

by NUJ

The NUJ has welcomed the ruling by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) to ban Bell Pottinger from the industry trade association for five years.

The ruling came in response to a campaign led by Bell Pottinger to agitate racial tension in South Africa. The PRCA found the agency was unethical and brought the industry into disrepute.

Phil Morcom, chair of the NUJ public relations and communications industrial council, said: "The NUJ firmly endorses the ruling against Bell Pottinger. Unethical behaviour in the public relations industry brings a stain on our profession. PR companies that actively mislead the public are not only unethical, they run the risk of being seen to be contaminated by their behaviour.

“The NUJ offers valuable support and protection to PR and communications workers who are prepared to stand up to pressure to behave unprofessionally and unethically.”

Francis Ingham, director general of the PRCA, said: “Bell Pottinger has brought the PR and communications industry into disrepute with its actions and has received the harshest possible sanctions.

“The PRCA has never before passed down such a damning indictment of an agency’s behaviour.”

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Last modified: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Bell Pottinger expelled from PR trade body after South Africa racism row