Browsing All Posts published on »June, 2010«

Migration Watch: Mythical challenges

June 22, 2010

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Much of the anti-immigration bias in mainstream media originates from right-wing 'think-tanks' like Migration Watch. The Civitas report below, written by an ex-member of Migration Watch's advisory council, sheds an interesting light on the group's (mis)use of statistics.

Are the PCC and NUJ doing enough to stop racist press?

June 21, 2010

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Given the amount of ongoing racism in the UK press, maybe it is time to remind the Press Complaints Commission and the National Union of Journalist, who ostensibly have strict rules against 'prejudicial' and 'pejorative' reporting, that they are not doing their job properly.

Terre’Blanche’s murder and the British media’s ‘race war’

June 19, 2010

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The murder of white supremacist Eugene Terre'Blanche sparked a racist hysteria in British media, which warned of "an impending race war" ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

On a mission to keep the Gypsy ‘scum’ out

June 19, 2010

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Tabloids routinely portray Travellers and Gypsies in ways that increase the locals' dislike and hatred towards them and their way of life.

Playing the Gypsy ‘race card’

June 16, 2010

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The Con-Dem coalition has started an offensive against the most marginal and disadvantaged of all Britain's minorities, Gypsies and Travellers.

Reflections on the media, immigration and the election

June 16, 2010

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A member of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group discusses the way that politicians and sections of the media have distorted issues around asylum and immigration.

Media fuel hate crimes against Muslims

June 16, 2010

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A new study on violence against Muslims in London found that hate-crimes against them are invariably motivated by a negative view of Muslims acquired from mainstream or right-wing media reports and commentaries that portray them as 'terrorists' and 'security threats'.

Brighton No Borders’s MailWatch series

June 12, 2010

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A series of articles by No Borders Brighton in late 2009 debunking migration-related stories (or lies, to be more accurate) in the Daily Mail, the self-styled "last bulwark against the tide of filth that is threatening to Engulf civilisation," i.e. those filthy foreigners wanting to steal our jobs, our homes and women.

Britain’s full.. of crap press

June 12, 2010

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A common argument used by right-wing, racist press against immigration and migrants is that the country is 'full' and cannot cope with the 'flood' of immigration - which's total rubbish, of course.

‘Scum of the Earth’

June 12, 2010

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An incredibly racist quote from the Dover Express in 1998, calling migrants 'scum of the earth' and 'human sewage'!

British press watchdog criticises racist blog

June 11, 2010

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For the first time it has censured a blog, the UK's Press Complaints Commission criticises right-wing Spectator columnist Rod Liddle for his racist take on crime in an online article, in which he claimed that "the overwhelming majority" of violent crime in London is committed by young Afro-Caribbean men.

Everyday racism in British newspapers

June 11, 2010

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Two pieces of research commissioned by the Commission for Racial Equality reveal widespread racism in everyday life at British newspapers. A rather superficial take on racism, but still quite shocking.

Racism and US mainstream media

June 11, 2010

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When it comes to fulfilling their 1978 pledge to integrate people of color into their staffs, most newspaper editors are moving slower than a Gutenberg press.

Terrorist plots, Londonistan and Melanie-Phillipistan

June 11, 2010

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Here we go again. Another article by right-wing Dail Mail columnist Melanie Phillips jumping on the bandwagon of an alleged 'Islamic' terrorist plot and conflating Muslim, Islamic, Islamist, terrorist, Al-Qaeda and so on, in order to convince her readers that Britain has become a 'Londonistan', or a hub for 'Muslim terrorists'.

The racist subtext of the Beirut evacuation story

June 11, 2010

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Israel has opened "windows" for the foreign powers to evacuate their terrified nationals from Lebanon. Obligingly, the foreign media have turned these "windows" into an opportunity to avert their gaze further from the death and destruction in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.

Comparing the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent

June 11, 2010

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A truly independent and honest 'quality' press would include debate on these marginalised issues, providing readers with a balance to the distorted focus of party politics. But does this happen? Matthew Randall compares articles from the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Independent and how they cover immigration and asylum issues.

First casualty of cutbacks: The truth

June 11, 2010

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To prevent the rash and inaccurate reporting about asylum seekers, we must stare into the eyes of the story, writes a journalist who has. By Paul Kenyon.

Immigration crunch? The Times’ and BBC’s anti- immigration agendas

June 10, 2010

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There is nothing new about scapegoating migrants and blaming them for the various problems of our society and the system of which they, too, are victims. But the latest comments by the new Immigration Minister and the depressing media coverage they received were too much to swallow, Shiar Youssef writes.

Let England play

June 6, 2010

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A Daily Mail reader's letter demanding that World Cup coverage is limited to England's games, instead of bothering with all those other 'meaningless' countries.

Keep Britain ‘White’

June 6, 2010

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Below are two articles by right-wing Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, claiming that the Labour government had been 'plotting' to change 'Britain's identity' by encouraging mass immigration (really?!) and implying that the country should be kept, well, white.