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NUJ demands removal of conspiracy theorist’s false journalism employment claim

seamus-dooleyThe National Union of Journalists has demanded that Facebook take down a Covid-19 conspiracy theorist’s false claim that she works for the union.

Covid denier Hannah Dean was fined £200 by Hampshire Constabulary after she went to Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital and took photographs of corridors, claiming that the hospital was empty.

On her Facebook profile, she has claimed to be a freelance journalist and that she worked for the NUJ.

Seamus Dooley, the NUJ’s assistant general secretary, has now called for Facebook to remove Dean’s claims of working for the union.

According to Portsmouth daily The News, the NUJ has not yet received a response to its request.

Seamus, pictured, told The News: “Hannah Dean has no connection with the National Union of Journalists. The information on her website is incorrect and I have written to Ms Dean asking her to correct this misinformation.

“The activities engaged in by Ms Dean could not be classified as journalism and have clearly caused great upset to workers already serving in the public in the most challenging of circumstances.”

He added: “Ms Dean does not work at the NUJ and should be forced to delete her false claim. As assistant general secretary I can only say that there is no place in journalism for her type of unethical behaviour.”

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