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Should we be soliciting Amazon’s tainted cash?


I was interested to see the letter from Chris Wheal, chair of NUJ Extra, in the February/March issue of The Journalist. He lists several systems that involve people signing up to asking


companies or groups of companies to make donations as they shop. The point here is that the companies are the ones donating – and making useful contributions. But including AmazonSmile in that list is worrying. It means


the NUJ’s charity is soliciting donations from an organisation that has a particularly appalling employment record in various parts of the world and is in dispute with trade unions in several countries, including the US as well as the UK (see: ‘GMB calls for parliamentary inquiry into Amazon as conditions for workers worsen’: https://tinyurl. com/ryjmpxw). Amazon is quite clear that the donations made through AmazonSmile


come from Amazon itself, stating that ‘when you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price… from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases’. Are we really happy with seeking donations from an openly


anti-union company that has such a poor reputation when it comes to treating its workers? Jenny Vaughan London Freelance Branch


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A majority wanted Brexit so stop pretending otherwise I’m afraid The Journalist is still trying to present myth as fact regarding Brexit. Francis Beckett, in an otherwise


excellent article on Corbyn’s election disaster (Control freaks and Corbyn’s catastrophe, February/March), claims a ‘clear majority’ of voters did not want


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Brexit, stating that ‘more people voted for remain parties than leave parties’. However, this is palpable nonsense when Corbyn himself declared he was ‘neutral’ on the issue of Brexit. Yes, many Labour voters in the north and Midlands abandoned their party and voted Conservative for the first time to get Brexit done, but there were also


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Fascinating insights into disaster of Corbyn’s media operation by @francisbeckett in The Journalist. Beckett witht @MarkSeddon1962 wrote ‘Jeremy Corbyn and the Strange Rebirth of Labour England’ so not anti-Jezza but his media handlers – useless


many pro-Brexit Labour supporters who could not bring themselves to change. The only political party that fought their election campaign on a largely remain ticket was the Lib Dems, and look what happened to them. Antony Collins Staffordshire Life member


William French (@wtfrench76)


The times they are a-changin’? An article in @NUJofficial house mag ‘The Journalist’ ventures to suggest that Jeremy Corbyn may not possibly have been the best thing since sliced bread. #mieuxvauttardquejamais


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Email to: journalist@nuj.org.uk Post to: The Journalist 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB Tweet to: @mschrisbuckley


Political chiefs ban local media to stifle reporting too The last issue of The Journalist reported that Conservative and Labour leaders were banning journalists they see as critical from briefings. This is increasing trend and not confined to major political parties and national media outlets. After exposés on expenses abuse by


councillors and chief police officers and a paedophile ring involving the Conservative mayor of Scarborough and Jimmy Savile (who the police protected), Scarborough Borough Council (under both Labour and Conservative leaders), North Yorkshire Police and the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire all banned the local outlet that exposed these scandals. This restricts public awareness and strangles local media. The journalists who boycotted a Downing Street briefing are a credit to the profession. Tim Hicks North Yorks Enquirer


We shall fight on the beaches, not on air… I really enjoyed Jonathan Sale’s article, Radio Shack, on the birth of broadcasting (February/March). It is a sign of the myth-making


around Churchill’s speeches that it included a common error; Churchill’s words about fighting on the beaches were not broadcast. The speech was made in the House of Commons. The recording was made later for posterity. James Rodgers London


An excellent read The December-January of The Journalist was excellent and thought provoking. I read just about all of the Zwarte Piet, Irish question, Sunday supplement, alternative press and class ceiling articles. The idea of PressPad is wonderful and I would love to take part, but Montrose no longer has a newspaper office. Good work!


Chad Neighbor Montrose


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