Kenny Archer has been nominated as the person to handle the complaint. Now that’s really going to terrify me. I don’t think I have ever met a giant of the stature of Kenny before so I tremble as I write.
Having had the earlier complaint thrown out, the chapel has come back again hoping to have me thrown out of the NUJ. I guess the prospects of that terrify me too.
In true journalistic fashion the underhand attempts at imposing censorship from the obsequious NUJ chapel at the Irish News will be shared with our readers. Letters of complaint will not be allowed to hide behind a veil of secrecy; there will be no hiding place for the Irish News or those who seek to side with its pursuit of censoring voices critical of it. They will not conduct business in kangaroo courts against me.
Below follows the laughable contents of the Irish News chapel's complaint.
Seriously – is this the sum total of the collective intellect at play in the NUJ chapel at the Irish News? Next on their agenda will be a demand for lower wages and a six day week.
Dear Belfast and District Branch/NUJ,
The Irish News chapel wishes to lodge a formal complaint under Rule 24 of the NUJ Rule Book against Anthony McIntyre.
We have nominated myself, Kenny Archer, to handle the complaint.
The chapel believes that Anthony McIntyre is in breach of the NUJ Rule Book, specifically Membership Responsibilities, (b) (i) under which members are expected
“to treat other members of the union and union staff, with consideration and respect and not to take action which threaten their livelihood or working conditions”.The chapel believes that Mr McIntyre is in breach of his responsibilities and his behaviour has been detrimental to the interest of the union and the profession of journalists.
We have set out the complaint in the attached letter, together with other documentation (as sent previously).
Irish News Chapel FoC.
(30 August 11:35am)
Irish New NUJ Chapel
113-117 Donegall Street
Belfast and District Branch
19 August 2013
Following a resolution passed at a meeting of members yesterday, the Irish News Chapel wishes to lodge a formal complaint against NUJ member Anthony McIntyre.
The complaint relates to his behaviour, which has been detrimental to the interest of the union and the profession of journalist.
Please treat the below as the substance of the complaint.
Mr McIntyre has posted a series of articles on his blog attacking and defaming one of our members, Allison Morris.
He has been doing this in the knowledge that Ms Morris finds such attacks on her character and her professionalism distressing and has made clear that the substance of his assertions are untrue.
In addition to publishing them, he has also urged others to copy the posts – thus ensuring the widest circulation possible - in the full knowledge that they are untrue and vindictive.
No contact has been made by Mr McIntyre with Ms Morris or her editor prior to publication to determine the veracity of what he or others he has published are writing about in such offensive terms.
Mr McIntyre’s continued posts reveal a pattern that illustrates a campaign of harassment against Ms Morris.
They show that he is monitoring her activities, both work-related and non-work related and posting these details publicly, along with incendiary commentary, attacking her professionalism and character.
He has been dismissive of the very real paramilitary threats to her life, which the NUJ itself has accepted as serious and offered support over.
Mr McIntyre's public attacks began when Ms Morris was required carry out an interview as part of her job as a security reporter for the Irish News.
After going through the newspaper’s own editorial procedures the piece was duly published.
Mr McIntyre was not mentioned at any stage in the article, it dealt only with claims made to Ms Morris by the interviewee, who requested the interview.
Since then, Mr McIntyre's attacks on Ms Morris have been unrelenting. She has not responded to Mr McIntyre's tirades, which have increased in vitriol and only ended briefly following the two hearings by the NUJ's Ethics Council/Appeals Tribunal.
In recent weeks they have increased to the point where Ms Morris and her chapel can no longer stand by and see her so defamed and her security continued to be put at risk due to the incitement contained in the posts.
We attach examples from Mr McIntyre's website.
The chapel makes this complaint because Mr McIntyre has been at all times aware of the distress he has caused to Ms Morris. As an NUJ member he is aware of the laws of libel and has deliberately and repeatedly flouted them.
We also object to the use of confidential NUJ proceedings as justification for his actions. We feel in doing this he is bringing the union's procedures and reputation into question.
The unrelenting pattern of his pursuit of Ms Morris, despite the dignified lack of response from her, shows clearly he is motivated by malice and shows no signs of desisting from his campaign.
Members of this chapel feel Mr McIntyre's behaviour has publicly tarnished the reputation of the NUJ, and thus their reputations as working journalists affiliated to said union.
We do not feel he is a proper person to be a member of this union and urge the NUJ to take disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
Irish News NUJ Chapel.
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