The Forged Press Card

Dominic Cooper, General Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Journalists responds to a query regarding this Fake Press Card.

"Thank you for your message, which has been passed to me for response. I apologise for not getting back to you sooner but this kind of inquiry should normally come through our main e-mail address ( and would have received a more urgent reply.

Firstly, I must thank you for bringing this to our attention. Having checked our records I can confirm that Mr McGrath is NOT a member of this Institute and I have written to him, today, to ask that he remove any reference to membership from his website.

The photograph of what Mr McGrath calls his Press card bears no resemblance to the cards we issue to our members. It does not include the card holders name, membership number or the expiry date of the card. All of which are detailed on Press cards issued by this Institute. You may find more information on Press cards we issue by clicking the following link to our website:

Thank you, once again, for making contact and should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to get back in touch.

Yours sincerely

Dominic Cooper
General Secretary
CIoJ, 2 Dock Offices
Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU


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