War, peace and the media – Bruce Kent speaks to the NUJ
WhenTuesday 4 June 2013
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NUJ Head Office, Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
Peace campaigner Bruce Kent is set to give his thoughts on the media as guest speaker at the NUJ PR and Communications Branch meeting.
Bruce is vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and founder and chair of the Movement for the Abolition of War among a range of roles.
Among his concerns is how the mainstream media usually follow the government line when it comes to military matters.
In his talk, he will call on a lifetime's experience of the challenges of spreading the peace message. The talk will be followed by questions and discussion.
Bruce has been active for more than fifty years in a wide range of roles campaigning for peace, justice and human rights.
After national service in the 1950s he was ordained a Catholic priest. He joined the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1960, founded the Nigeria-Biafra committee in 1967 and campaigned against the use of torture in Brazil.
He became chairperson of War on Want in 1973 when it launched the first campaign to highlight the health risks of baby milk powder promoted in developing countries.
He later left the priesthood and gained prominence as general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1980s.