On Thursday (15 July) the Society of Editors announced the winners of its annual awards which were postponed after widespread dismay and anger over its statement denying the existence of racism and bigotry in the UK press in its response to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
We are pleased that the nominees have finally been able to receive their awards but deplore the fact that the Society of Editors has not used the interim period or the event of the awards to show genuine commitment to atoning for its insulting and ham-fisted blanket denial of…
While Ian Murray’s resignation reflects the deep anger that the society’s statement and his interviews have caused, this has never been about one man. We now look forward to the Society of Editors withdrawing its denial of the racism which exists in our industry and explaining more fully what action it will take to address it, starting with its own awards scheme, which has consistently failed to recognise the talent and achievements of journalists of colour.
Maya Wolfe-Robinson, Journalist, The Guardian
Leone Ross, Writer, Freelancer
Nishit Morsawala, Journalist, Freelancer
Ellen E Jones, Journalist, Freelancer
Jason Okundaye, Writer, Freelance
We, the undersigned journalists of colour, working in UK media organisations, deplore and reject the statement issued by the Society of Editors, denying the existence of racism and bigotry in the UK press in its response to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
While Meghan’s comments shone a light on her own personal experiences of discriminatory treatment, they reflect the depressingly familiar reality of how people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are portrayed by the UK press on a daily basis.
The Society of Editors’ claim that the Sussexes’ views were made without “supporting…