Further statement in response to Society of Editors

Haroon Siddique
4 min readMar 11, 2021


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

Kaamil Ahmed, Journalist, Freelance

Lanre Bakare, Arts and culture correspondent, The Guardian

Leah Green, producer/journalist, The Guardian

Afua Adom, Journalist and broadcaster, Freelance

Sharmaine Lovegrove, Publisher, Hachette

Robert Beckford, University professor and broadcaster, Queen’s Ecumenical Foundation

Joseph Harker, Journalist, The Guardian

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Writer,

Sachin Nakrani, Editor and Writer, The Guardian

Clive Nwonka, Academic, University of York

Degna Stone, Writer, Freelancer

Nosheen Iqbal, Reporter, The Observer

Priya Elan, Editor, The Guardian

Jasmine Dotiwala, Broadcaster and Journalist, Freelancer

Lynsey Martenstyn, Producer, Freelance

Reya El-Salahi, Journalist, Freelancer

Damien Gayle, reporter, The Guardian

Diana Evans, Writer, Freelancer

Stephen S. Thompson, Novelist and Screenwriter, Freelancer

K Biswas, Critic & editor, Founder of the Race Beat & Editor of Representology — The Journal of Media & Diversity

Shaista Aziz, Journalist, Freelance

Hannah J Davies, Deputy TV editor, The Guardian

Paul Mendez, Writer

Candace Allen, Writer/Cultural Commentator, Freelance

Dianne, Director, Equilibrium Mediation Consulting Ltd

Nels Abbey, Writer

Vikram Dodd, police and crime correspondent, Guardian

Keme Nzerem, Journalist, Nzerem limited

Phillip Beckles-Raymond, Economist and Educator, University of West London

Sarah Lipton-Sidibeh, Writer, Freelancer

Victoria Ibitoye, Journalist, Writer, MLex (LexisNexis)

Sarah Shaffi, Journalist and editor, Freelance

Ayana Tyrell, Writer, Author

Ammar Kalia, Journalist, The Guardian

Tineka Smith, Author, Freelancer

Rommi Smith, Writer & Scholar, Freelancer

Sheri Reefer, Digital Media Analyst, Reach PLC

Stephanie Takyi, Journalist, Freelancer

Natalie Grover, Science Correspondent, The Guardian

Kuchenga, Journalist &. Writer, Freelancer

Sirin Kale, Journalist, Freelance

Maya Goodfellow, Author, Freelancer

Sofia Akel, Race Equity Specialist, Writer and Researcher, London Metropolitan University

Widiane Moussa, Producer, ITV News

Neelam Tailor, Journalist, The Guardian

Amandla Thomas-Johnson, Journalist, Freelance

Lou Mensah, Independent Broadcaster, Freelancer

Kuba Shand-Baptiste, Society and arts editor, The Conversation

Hugh Muir, Journalist, Guardian

Thomasina Jordan-Rhodes, Journalist, Freelancer

Mythili Rao, Journalist, The Guardian

Leigh Odimah, Media Consultant, Freelancer

Darren Lewis, Assistant Editor, Daily Mirror

Natasha Wynarczyk, Features journalist, Reach PLC

Kieran Yates, Journalist, Freelancer

Haroon Siddique, Senior Reporter, The Guardian

Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, Writer, Freelancer

Zita Holbourne, Writer/ Author/National Chair BARAC UK, BARAC UK / Freelance

Homa Khaleeli, Journalist, The Guardian

Season Butler, Writer, Freelance

Shona Ghosh, Senior editor, Insider

Victoria Spratt, Journalist, The i Paper / Refinery29

Desree Gumbs-Carty, Writer, Freelancer

Stephen Bush, Political Editor, New Statesman

Dr Omega Douglas Academic, Journalist/Editor/Writer, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Devika Bhat, Deputy Head of International News, The Guardian

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Editor gal-dem

Aditya Chakrabortty, Journalist, The Guardian

Aaron Huie, Picture Editor, The Sun

Marcus Ryder, Programme Director, Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity

Nadia Khomami, Editor, The Guardian

Sudip Roy, Journalist, Refinitiv

Nana Baah, Journalist, VICE UK

Megha Mohan, Reporter, BBC

Tania Branigan, Journalist, The Guardian

Tufayel Ahmed, Journalist/Editor/Lecturer, Freelance

Jini Reddy, Writer, Freelancer

Alex Chambers, Editor, Credit markets International Financing Review

Waseem Mirza, Journalist, TV & Corporate Presenter, Screen & Voice Actor, Freelancer

Mike Turner, Journalist, Freelancer

Anthony Goodridge-Shand, Picture Editor, Mail Online Sport

Micha Frazer-Carroll, Writer, Freelance

Zarina & Gabrielle @ The White Pube, Art critics, The White Pube

Okechukwu Nzelu, Writer, Freelance

Tara Joshi, Editor, gal-dem

Marc Deanie, Journalist, DC Thomson

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, Political correspondent, JOE.co.uk

Lola Okolosie, Writer, Freelance

Ali Usman, Journalist, The Guardian

Ade Onibada, Reporter, BuzzFeed News

Kwame MA McPherson, Writer

Khaleda Rahman, Journalist, Newsweek

Mishti Ali, Journalist, Freelancer

Anthony Goodridge-Shand, Picture Editor, Mail Online Sport

Isabel Togoh, Associate Editor, News, Forbes

Halima Ali, Journalist, The Guardian

Sakhr Al-Makhadhi, Executive Producer, AJ+

Talah Kaddourah, Journalist, Channel 4 News

Josh Toussaint-Strauss, Producer/journalist, The Guardian

Sana Ali, Journalist, Channel 4 News

Christine Ochefu, Journalist/Writer/Editor, Freelancer

Venuste Nshimiyimana, Journalist, Voice of America

Grace Ajose, Producer, ITV London

Chioma Okereke, Author, Freelancer

Maaiysa Valli, Producer, Channel 4 News

Kumba Kpakima, Journalist, Freelancer

Emmanuel Akinwotu, Journalist, The Guardian

Monisha Rajesh, Journalist and Author, Freelancer

Cllr Cleo Lake, Writer, Freelancer

Angela Foster, Journalist, The Guardian

Esther Opoku Gyeni, Podcast producer, The Guardian

Tashaneish Robinson, Journalist, ITV

David Olusoga, Historian / Broadcaster, Freelance

Michele Theil, Journalist, MyLondon / Freelancer

Grace Shutti, Journalist, The Guardian/Freelance

Burhan Wazir, Managing Editor, Coda Story

Anita Sethi, Journalist and author ‘I Belong Here’, Freelance

Randeep Ramesh, Journalist, The Guardian

Malika Booker, Poet/ writer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Arifa Akbar, Chief theatre critic of The Guardian, The Guardian

Laura Smith, Managing Editor, Speak Media

Aina J. Khan, Journalist, Freelancer

Tobi Thomas, Journalist, The Guardian

Nikhita Chulani, Journalist, The Guardian

Coco Khan, Columnist, The Guardian

Nesrine Malik, Columnist, The Guardian

Tayyab Amin, Writer, Freelance

Saima Mohsin, Journalist, F/L

Désirée Reynolds, Writer, Freelancer

Uzma Gulbahar, Journalist, Freelance

Elizabeth Pears, Newsdesk editor, FT

Urmee Khan, Journalist, Freelance

Joshua Surtees, Journalist, Freelance

Ash Sarkar, Contributing Editor, Novara Media

Mona Chalabi, Data Editor, The Guardian US

Warren Nettleford, Reporter / Presenter, ITN, 5 News

Lucy Fulford, Journalist, Freelancer

Julia Carrie Wong, Journalist, The Guardian

Marverine Cole, Freelance Journalist & Broadcaster; Academic, Freelancer

Nazia Parveen, Journalist, Guardian

Dhruva Balram, Editor, EachOther

Niellah Arboine, Writer / Journalist, gal-dem

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Writer

Deena Malcolm, Writer, The WILDE Foundation

Sheri Reefer, Digital Media Analyst, Reach PLC

Isobel Asher Hamilton, Reporter, Insider

Malik Meer, West Coast Ed, The Guardian

Jo Adetunji, Managing Editor, The Conversation UK

Layla-Roxanne Hill, Writer, Freelance

Aliya Rashid, News Designer, Freelance

Saba Salman, Journalist, Freelance

Aaron Walawalkar, Investigative Journalist, Liberty Investigates

Abbianca Makoni, Journalist, Evening Standard

Lucy Campbell, Journalist, The Guardian

Anita Chaudhuri, Associate Editor, Psychologies

Saptarshi Ray, Journalist, Freelance