Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Exposing the far-right

I went to an important meeting last night, the launch of the media workers' campaign Expose. This is backed by branches of the journalists' union NUJ and broadcasting union BECTU. The aim of it is to help people working in the media to improve their coverage of the BNP (and other far-right organisations), especially in the run-up to the elections.

The BNP and the NF have been given a very soft ride by some programmes and journalists recently. (You'll only hear otherwise, of course, with the BNP painting themselves as victims of the establishment.) The campaign will provide research resources on the BNP and promote the journalists' code of conduct on how to conduct searching interviews.

Here is a reminder of just what an unpleasant crowd the BNP are: a report by a Times journalist turfed out of the BNP's recent meeting where they voted to allow black people to join.

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