Six NUJ members in the UK have discovered that their lawful journalistic and union activities are being monitored and recorded by the Metropolitan Police. They are now taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the British Home Secretary to challenge this ongoing police surveillance.

The surveillance was revealed as part of an ongoing campaign, which began in 2008, during which NUJ members have been encouraged to obtain data held about them by the authorities including the Metropolitan Police 'National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit' (NDEDIU). The supposed purpose of the unit is to monitor and police so called 'domestic extremism'.

In the course of the campaign, a number of NUJ members have obtained data held about them and the union fears there are many more journalists and union members being monitored.

Read full story: NUJ members under police surveillance mount collective legal challenge.

Long-overdue legislation protecting journalistic sources has now been submitted to the Dutch Lower House. Thomas Bruning, general secretary of the Dutch Union of Journalists, has reacted positively.

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For twenty-five years, the right of journalists to protect sources has been discussed in the Netherlands, but it has never been enshrined in law. This is bad for whistleblowers and the press's vital role as watchdog, agues Thomas Bruning, general scretary of the Dutch Union of Journalists, the sister union of the NUJ.

Now is the time to pass an effective source protection law in the Netherlands, he says.

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The innovative Dutch pay-per-view news site Blendle has now been online four months, and has some 100,000 users

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