Asylum seekers and the media


This podcast is made up of some of the highlights from a conference organised by the British Red Cross concerning the role and responsibility of the media in understanding the conditions of refugees and asylum seekers.

Research by the the British Red Cross suggests that 72 percent of the UK public believe that newspaper reporting about asylum seekers is negative.   And a YouGov survey found that the words people most associate with media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers are ‘illegal immigrants’ (65%) and ‘scroungers’ (28%).

These findings come nine years after the Press Complaints Commission issued guidance seeking to address inaccurate reporting about asylum seekers and refugees.

It is little wonder that the Red Cross is calling for greater  fairness and a more ethical approach from journalists when talking about asylum seekers and refugees.

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