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Daily Mail firmly aligned with the far-right

August 20, 2010

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I first heard the news that seven HMRC employees had been sacked for racial discrimination via the BBC yesterday and I was curious to see how the Daily Mail covered the story. Not surprisingly they cover it in a way designed to invoke outrage against the ethnic minorities who were the victims of racism, rather than the seven employees sacked for being racist (a further two employees resigned immediately when the racism was discovered).

Everyday prejudice: The Nottingham Post and migration

July 3, 2010

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The Nottingham Post is, through the majority of its reporting, its embedded relationship with police and UKBA sources, and the platform it provides racist commenters, promoting an anti-migrant discourse.

Mike Buckingham: England team lost because a lack of racial purity

July 1, 2010

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Yesterday I had the misfortune of glancing at an open copy of the South Wales Argus and was met with the bearded face of someone I had never heard of: Mike Buckingham.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.