The NUJ has pledged to support journalists who refuse to go to Zimbabwe to cover the cricket World Cup as a matter of conscience or for safety reasons.
The union said it does not take a view on whether or not the match on 13 February should be played, nor on whether journalists should attend it. But it insisted that any that do go must be able to work safely.
BBC cricket correspondent Pat Murphy has said he is not prepared to report England’s scheduled match in Harare and the union will give backing to any who take the same decision.
The union’s national executive has decided to write to major newspapers and broadcast stations to seek assurances on the safety of journalists travelling to Zimbabwe.