Poverty Porn email Campaign


PLESE FIND LETTER TEMPLATE AND LIST OF EMAIL ADDRESSES, PLEASE UNITE AND FIGHT AGAINST THE MEDIA (THE TOOL FOR THE POWER-HUB) TO JUSTIFY THEIR ATTACKS ON THE POOR

Dear [insert name],

I am writing to complain about the number of programmes on mainstream British television and radio and in British print media at the moment which vilify, target and demonise people who are claiming welfare benefits.

People are being mocked and their struggles are being seen as entertainment when, in fact, it is day-to-day existence for many and not a fictitious variation of shows such as ‘Big Brother’. Sanctions, starvation and evictions are not ‘amusing’ or a joke, they are a reality for many and are horrifying in their brutality. People have died.

Programmes such as ‘Benefits Street’ and ‘Benefits Britain, Life on the Dole’ perpetuate the myth that claiming welfare benefits is a lifestyle choice. Vitriolic articles by so-called commentators such as Katie Hopkins incite hatred. Benefit claimants, migrants and job seekers are being portrayed as scroungers who have chosen a lifestyle of inactivity and modern-day begging. This is not the case. People claim benefits because there is nothing else they can do. People claim benefits because they were born disabled or have become sick later in life. People claim benefits because they have lost their jobs and have been unable to secure a new role. People claim benefits because employers are paying minimum, starvation wages and they cannot afford to feed and clothe their families. People claim benefits because they need help. People claim benefits because they have no choice. This is not entertainment, this is disgusting, this is frightening, this is tragedy.

Further to this, ‘Poverty Porn’ has alarming knock-on effects on the way people who have no choice but to claim benefits to survive are viewed. The result of this misinformation is the alarming increase in hate crime against those who are claiming benefits. Spying on friends and neighbours is encouraged. covert filming and recording is rife. According to the Crown Prosecution Service in 2014 there was a 213 percent increase in the number of prosecutions for hate crime against disabled people. In 2011 the report, ‘Ready Willing and Able’ highlighted the fact that 38 percent of the general public perceived disabled people to be a burden on society. On 24 April 2015 the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein compared British print media’s attitude to migrants to propaganda in 1930s Nazi Germany.

The TUC have stated that ‘The government’s austerity programme is reshaping the welfare State through cuts in benefits and the privatisation of public services, including health, education and drastically reduced state support. The impact of benefits cuts and of the associated campaign of demonisation of disabled people, the unemployed, migrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups has been catastrophic. Crimes motivated by hate have wider and deeper roots, but austerity has made the problems worse.’ This is not healthy. This is frightening. This can only lead to the further disintegration of our society.

I am asking OFCOM to look into this trend in the British media to publicise non-stop ‘poverty porn’ in print, on the radio and on television. I am asking OFCOM to do the right thing. I am asking OFCOM to have the courage to say ‘No More’. The public should be shown the true stories of the struggling majority, not the glamorisation of the extreme minority. Over many years the British press has been lauded for its fairness and unbiased reporting. Please do not allow this to change.

Yours sincerely,

[insert your name]

Please send to the following contacts:


w.e.harris@swansea.ac.uk,Mehmuda Mian, mm@lokahi.org.uk, mehmuda.mian@bbc.co.uk, tct@ohm.york.ac.uk, jonathan.oxley@ofcom.org.uk, steve.unger@ofcom.org.uk,
Bob.phillips@ofcom.org.uk, Stephen.limb@ofcom.org.uk,

Mike.goddard@ofcom.org.uk, William.webb@ofcom.org.uk,Bharat.dudhia@ofcom.org.uk,

Steve.harding@ofcom.org.uk, Debby.oliver@ofcom.org.uk, Mark.richard.rider@ofcom.org.uk, Mark.richard.rider@ofcom.org.uk, James.richardson@ofcom.org.uk, John.rogers@ofcom.org.uk, John.rogers@ofcom.org.uk, Michael.low@ofcom.org.uk, Jeannie.rees@ofcom.org.uk,Justin.moore@ofcom.org.uk,

 Anirban.roy@ofcom.org.uk, Stephen.talbot@ofcom.org.uk, Laurence.green@ofcom.org.uk, mauzima.bhamji@ofcom.org.uk, elizabeth.bardin@ipso.co.uknoakess@parliament.uk

lynne.brindley@pmb.ox.ac.uksharon.white@ofcom.org.ukstephen.unger@ofcom.org.ukGraham.Mather@epfltd.org jonathan.oxley@ofcom.org.ukalan.moses@ipso.co.uk

altmannr@parliament.ukkevin.hand@ipso.co.ukanne.lapping@lse.ac.ukcharles.mcghee@gcu.ac.uk

k.perch@derby.ac.uk

maggie.sorensen@ofcom.org.uk stuart.mcintosh@ofcom.org.uk, mike.mctighe@ofcom.org.uk, sharon.white@ofcom.gov.uk

,colette.bowe@ofcom.org.uk, geoff.brighton@ofcom.org.uk, gareth.davies@ofcom.org.uk,

clive.hillier@ofcom.org.uk, panorama@bbc.co.uk, ed.richards@ofcom.org.uk, millie.banerjee@ofcom.org.uk, tim.gardam@ofcom.org.uk, philip.graf@ofcom.org.uk, stuart.mcintosh@ofcom.org.uk, mike.mctighe@ofcom.org.uk, peter.phillips@ofcom.org.uk,

stewart.purvis@ofcom.org.uk, jill.ainscough@ofcom.org.uk, freya.guinness@ofcoml.org.uk,

julian.eccles@ofcom.org.uk, OfcomAdvisoryCommitteeEngland@ofcom.org.uk, OfcomAdvisoryCommitteeScotland@ofcom.org.uk, OfcomAdvisoryCommitteeNorthernIreland@ofcom.org.uk, OfcomAdvisoryCommitteeWales@ofcom.org.uk, acodp@ofcom.org.uk, anna.bradley@communicationsconsumerpanel.org.uk,

dominic.ridley@communicationsconsumerpanel.org.uk, jonathan.may@oft.gov.uk, john.fingleton@oft.gov.uk,vivienne.dews@oft.gov.uk, david.saunders@competition-commission.org.uk, rachel.merelie@competition-commission.org.uk, claudio.pollack@ofcom.org.uk
matt.tee@ipso.co.uk, Charlotte.dewar@ipso.co.uk, Xavier.bastin@ipso.co.uk, Mayuri.depala@ipso.co.uk, Ben.gallop@ipso.co.uk, James.garmston@ipso.co.uk,Lauren.hay@ipso.co.uk, Mel.huggett@ipso.co.uk
Robyn.kelly@ipso.co.uk, Tonia.milton@ipso.co.uk, holly.pick@ipso.co.uk,Bianca.strohmann@ipso.co.uk, Hugo.wallis@ipso.co.uk Simon.yip@ipso.co.uk


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