Described as an open forum for high level debate, the two-day event will cover the hottest issues affecting communities in the UK today. As the title of the Conference suggests, is there an on-going discrimination against Muslim communities after 9 / 11 and 7 / 7? Are Eastern Europeans misrepresented in the media and what do we make of the constant struggle to understand immigration, multi-culturism or Britishness?”
Leaving no stone unturned, the Agenda will also examine the media’s role and impact on society today while Panel and Delegate discussions over the two days will raise important issues such as the lack of ethnic minorities in the media profession and how the media is perceived by minorities. Comedian, Lenny Henry famously lambasted the BBC and other broadcasters recently for not employing enough black staff, calling on broadcasters to take “affirmative action” to remedy the situation.
Professor Noam Chomsky, author of Media Control – The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda and, more recently, Failed States, has put his full support behind this vitally important debate for positive change.
On Day One of the Conference, 28th May, Karen Chouhan, Leader of the 1990 Trust and CEO of Equanomics will make the first keynote address, discussing the relationship between the black community and the media. Later, Jam Mokrzoicki, President of The Federation of Poles in Great Britain, will look at the problems facing Eastern Europeans and
Dr. Mohammed Abdul Bari will debate the media’s representation of Muslims in Britain today following 9/11 and 7/7.
Other highlights on Day One include A Presentation of the book ‘Bad News from Israel’ by
Dr. Mike Berry, co-author and Lecturer at Nottingham University.
The role of the Press Complaints Commission will form a key focus for Professor Robert Pinker CBE, International Consultant & former ex acting Chairman of The Press Complaints Commission, on Day Two of the Conference, 29th May, while Mukti Jain Campion, Executive Producer of Culture Wise, will examine cultural diversity in Public Service Broadcasting.
The ground-breaking conference will close with a keynote speech by Lord John Taylor of Warwick.
Discrimination of Minorities in the Media will take place at London’s Business Design Centre, in the borough of Islington on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May 2008.
Delegates interested in attending the event should visit the Conference website, www.media-conference.co.uk, to obtain details about registration and costs.
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