Monday, November 26, 2007

Speaking out for Karen

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Karen Reissman with NUJ President Michelle Stanistreet

The NUJ has pledged its support for Karen Reissman, a Unison rep who was sacked for speaking to the media. Karen, who worked for Manchester Mental Health Trust, gave an interview with a small community magazine about the impact of the transferral of some of the trust’s work to the voluntary sector. As a result she was sacked.

Karen was a guest speaker at our Stand up for Journalism event in Manchester because we realise how important it is to provide support to whistleblowers - they enable journalists to uncover fraud, corruption, waste and much more. They are vital to journalism. If people like Karen get sacked and lose their case fewer people will be willing to come forward as sources and/or whistleblowers.

Press Gazette have covered the story today.

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