London Freelance Branch event - 26/04/21
Racism in the media
WHAT IS TO be done about racism in the UK media? Notoriously, the Society of Editors (SoE) issued a statement on 8 March claiming that the UK media "is not bigoted" and that it "has a proud record of calling out racism". That was widely condemned and was "clarified" two days later.
All that was followed on 31 March by the controversial Report on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (the Sewell Report). The New York Times reported on 20 April that a UN panel of human rights experts had said the Sewell report "repackaged racist tropes, distorted history and normalized white supremacy".
What now? London Freelance Branch presents a special meeting on racism in the media.
The event is on Monday 26 April and starts at 6:45pm.
Our speakers are:
- Haroon Siddique, Legal Affairs Correspondent at the Guardian;
- Nosheen Iqbal, news reporter at the Observer;
- freelance Saima Mohsin (@SaimaMohsin), who among many other things has been an International Correspondent for CNN International; and
- London Freelance Branch member Michelle Edwards, who is lead columnist for the Waltham Forest Echo.
The meeting will be chaired by Debbie Hobson, a member of the NUJ's Black Members' Council.
The first three speakers are signatories to the open letter from over 250 journalists of colour rejecting the SoE statement.
The meeting is open to all NUJ members. It will be held on the internet meetings platform Zoom (free download here). The Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to LFB members - and other NUJ freelance members already on LFB'S mailing list - shortly.
If you are a member of the NUJ but do not receive LFB's "Virtual Freelance" emails, and would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in plenty of time for the start of the meeting to receive the Zoom link for it.
Watch this space for more details, including details of possible additional speakers and the Chair.