I just have to share with you the utterly jaw-dropping media 'plan' from the forthcoming Climate Camp outside Heathrow Airport.
There are nuclear installations in Iran with more openness than this...
PROPOSALS *: MAINSTREAM MEDIA ON SITE
PROPOSAL 1: MEDIA HOUR
Media wanting access to the camp will be invited to come on site between 11 AM and 12 noon. All visits will be over and journalists off site by 1 PM at the latest. Journalists will be given a tour of the site, accompanied at all times by two (or more) members of the media team, who will carry a flag to make the journalists/photographers identifiable. Journalists will be required to stick with the tour and will not be allowed to go into marquees or meetings and workshops unless invited at the agreement of all participants.
There will be no journalists on site on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. This action period will be covered by a separate media strategy. The media hour will occur at the media team’s discretion, if it seems appropriate, on the final Tuesday.
Journalists will be encouraged to book in advance. Some journalists will not be allowed on site (eg. those with a previous record of hostile coverage of the camp/other activism). The decision to not allow these journalists on site will be made on a case by case basis – anyone involved in the camp is welcome to suggest names journalists to “black-list”.
PROPOSAL 2: GRANTING SYMPATHETIC JOURNALISTS LONGER ACCESS
We propose that up to three sympathetic journalists be given longer access to the site, up to a maximum of two days and two nights, which must end by Friday. These journalists will be from the print press or radio, not TV. They must have a proven track record of good coverage of social issues, preferably of protests/campaigns, and must present a clear plan of what they intend to produce. They will have a face-to-face meeting with one or more members of the media team before their stay on site.
These journalists will stay in neighbourhoods and be encouraged to participate in camp life as would any other participant. They will be buddied up with someone from their neighbourhood, will facilitate the journalist’s stay, supported by the media team. The journalists will be asked to wear their press pass at all times, and to introduce themselves as a journalist.
We propose that these journalists have access to neighbourhood and other communal spaces, workshop spaces and site wide meetings. For any other spaces a request will need to be made.
PROPOSAL 3: CAMP PHOTOGRAPHERS
We propose to have two camp photographers on site throughout the week, who will ensure that the camp is well documented. There are three criteria for choosing photographers: a) personally known and trusted by members of the camp collective, b) track record of covering activist events, c) good links to mainstream media.
The photographers will give the photos for free to the camp to be used in perpetuity by the camp, and the photos will be copyleft (ie. freely available to not-for-profit organisations/magazines/etc.) However, if essential, the photographers will have the option to sell photos to profit-making press outlets.
PROPOSAL 4: CAMERAS ON SITE
Anyone taking photos or video on site is asked to be sensitive to others. Please ask permission if appropriate, and do not take photos in sensitive areas, eg. the medic tent. Please be aware that some people are wary of cameras and respect their desire not to be photographed. Any difficulties surrounding cameras on site should be dealt with amongst those involved, or via the Tranquillity team if necessary, and not the Media team.
( * : at the time of writing I understood these restrictions to be proposals only, but apparently these proposals are now the Climate Camp media policy)