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Media 'plays a vital role in combating racism'

17 October 2008

The media has a vital role in confronting and exposing xenophobic attitudes and cultures, Dr Doudou Diène told a meeting at City Hall in London.

He was delivering the seventh NUJ Claudia Jones annual memorial lecture, organised by the union's Black Members Council as part of London’s Black History Month celebrations.

The vice-president of the International Council of Social Sciences and Philosophy and a member of the International Council Auroville, Dr Doudou Diène, spoke on “Between understanding and misunderstanding – global media and cultural diversity”.

Having just finished six years as the UN’s special rapporteur on racism, Doudou recounted his experiences of witnessing first-hand the destructive force of racism across the world. He encouraged the audience to foster acceptance of diversity and promote coexistence in society through their work.

Lionel Morrison, chair of the Black members' council, thanked Dr Doudou Diène for his talk.

“Tonight's lecture has thrown into sharp relief the important role the media plays in our nurturing our multicultural society and fighting the injustices of racism at all levels."

The Mayor of London, The Guardian and Thompsons Solicitors supported the event. Read more about the Claudia Jones memorial lecture.

Tags: , race, claudia jones, black members, equality, doudou diène