Racist attacks unleashed by Brexit top of BMC agenda
(l to r) Jim Boumelha, Simon Hinds, Marc Wadsworth (chair), Shazma Javed (Treasurer) and Tony Adams (vice Chair). - © private
8 July 2016
Brexit's shock unleashing of a wave of racist attack and xenophobia stoked up by some scaremongering politicians and sections of the media was top of the agenda at the first meeting of the Black Members' Council (BMC).
The new officers elected are chair Marc Wadsworth, vice-chair Tony Adams and treasurer Shazma Javed.
As well as setting out an ambitious programme of work for the next 12 months, the BMC will be focussing on lobbying to build on the proposed diversity change to the BBC's charter that is included in the government’s white paper and demand it brings in penalties for corporation executives who do not reach agreed targets.The BMC will work to recruit more black journalists to the union, including young people working in digital media.
In the light of the fall out from the EU referendum, particularly the big rise in racism and anti-foreigner abuse in Britain, the BMC will be pressing the NUJ leadership to organise a union-wide debate on the coverage of Brexit, looking at the pressures put on journalists and the need for a conscience clause and the reaffirmation of the union’s code of conduct and race reporting guidelines.