In the two years since the last NUJ exhibition, the news industry in the UK and elsewhere has entered freefall, and we are in the midst of a seismic reshaping of the media sector.
Information has never been so widespread nor so widely sought as today, yet news organisations have reacted by cutting back on the very journalists who provide it. The NUJ continues to fight for quality journalism at a time when already wealthy media organisations try to squeeze even more profits through brutal job cuts.
This union is at the very forefront of campaigning against police attempts to control, suppress or harass photographers. It does not believe the news agenda should be shaped with a riot shield or a truncheon. It is not prepared to accept that the fourth estate should be treated as if it were in a third-world dictatorship.
Some believe that the measure of a society was the way that it treats its prisoners. I believe that a truer test is the freedom it gives to its press. A healthy and strong democracy is one that is not afraid that its actions be freely recorded. The NUJ is proud of the work of its members, and will continue to ensure that they have the freedom to report fully, fairly and accurately. We owe our photographers nothing less.
NUJ General Secretary