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MORE than 250 journalists of colour have signed an open letter in opposition to a Society of Editors (SoE) statement that the British media is not bigoted.
The signatories said that they “deplore and reject” the statement denying the existence of racism and bigotry in the British press, in turn a response to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It rejected the SoE’s claim that the Sussexes’ views were made without “supporting evidence,” which they contend “shows a wilful ignorance of not just the discriminatory treatment of Meghan Markle, but that of other people from an ethnic minority background.
“At a time when many industries and companies are engaged in a reckoning with race in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, we believe it would be a better use of the SoE’s time to reflect on the lack of diversity in journalism, which contributes to negative narratives in the UK media.”
The letter says that the SoE should instead have used the comments to start open and constructive discussions about the best way to prevent racist coverage.
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