- strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair
- differentiates between fact and opinion
- produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation
As journalists we have a responsibility to hold politicians to account.
Our job is to scrutinise people from all parties. Our job is also to tell the truth, which is why we have provided this resource for journalists covering the BNP in the course of their work.
It gives background information on the party, its past, its policies and its personnel; it provides information on how to follow the party’s progress in the European Parliament; it provides resources to help challenge the party’s claims on housing, immigration and race, and it explains why the BNP is not like any other party.
After all, no other party:
- was founded on the basis of a whites-only admission policy
- feels the need to remind members: ‘We are not a racist party’
- denies the Holocaust
- shelters so many convicted criminals in its ranks
- has links with a website that encourages attacks on journalists
The NUJ encourages its members to expose the BNP to public scrutiny and to challenge their claims.
When you do, you will find the veneer of respectability soon wears off. A few well-directed questions here, a bit of background research there, and the British National Party stands before you as it really is.
This website provides you with a starting point for that research and puts the party, and its members, into a political and historical context. We hope you find it useful.
Jeremy Dear, General Secretary, NUJ
No one I spoke to in Dagenham knew much about the BNP beyond the fact it was anti-immigration. They knew nothing of the history or the background of the party’s leaders or activists.
BBC Special Correspondent Gavin Hewitt