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NUJ condemns Kelvin MacKenzie’s comments about Channel 4 reporter

Fatima Manji  -  © itn

18 July 2016

The NUJ has condemned Kelvin MacKenzie’s commentary in The Sun today claiming that Channel 4 news correspondent, Fatima Manji, should not be allowed to do her job because she is a Muslim wearing a hijab.

In his column MacKenzie attacks Channel 4 and calls for the government to sell it off, and states: "Was it appropriate for her to be on camera when there had been yet another shocking slaughter by a Muslim."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"To suggest that a journalist is incapable of reporting on a terrorist outrage because of the colour of her skin, her religion or the clothes that she wears says all you need to know about the contemptible views of Kelvin MacKenzie. His feigned moral outrage is the language of racial hatred and bigotry, and sadly just the latest incoherent ramblings of a pundit who should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. Journalism in the UK needs more diversity, not less."

Research by City University in March this year showed that journalism in the UK still remains overwhelmingly white. The same findings demonstrated that Muslims are the most under-represented religious group employed in the media in the UK and black and ethnic minority Britons still face huge barriers when trying to access any kind of media employment.

Update:

Fatima Manji: The Truth - why Kelvin MacKenzie's smears won't stop me from doing my job
Liverpool Echo 19 July 2016

Tags: , equality, diversity, racism, sexism, channel 4, channel 4 news, islamophobia, ethics, the sun, newspapers, broadcasting