Press Freedom: Domestic Extremist is the story of a group of six journalists that discovered their names on a police Domestic Extremist database.
For many years suspicion had grown that police Forward Intelligence Units (FIT Squads) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), formerly the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) had their cameras and eyes trained on journalists that covered protest, investigated big business and exposed police wrongdoing.
This led to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) funding two short movies to expose evidence of surveillance. In 2008 Press Freedom: Collateral Damage was released and soon followed in 2010 by Press Freedom: Hostile Reconnaissance.
In November 2014 six journalists and members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) revealed they were on a Domestic Extremist database and were launching a legal case, led by Shamik Dutta of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors and funded by the NUJ, to expose fully the extent of surveillance and challenge the legality of the police files.