UK ACTION UPDATE - DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER
- Consider it done.
Hi Liz and Kirsten
Kirsten, could you please forward this to Disability Awareness and Liz to
Bioethics list as Clair will not be at her computer until tomorrow, so she
is unable to do so?
ACTION UPDATE - DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER BY DISABLED
ACTIVISTS - 31.08.01
Today about a dozen disabled people protested against recent negative
coverage in the Guardian newspaper - especially articles by Simon Hoggart
and Polly Toynbee.
After leafletting the general public and workers outside the Manchester
offices of the Guardian, 2 of the protesters went in to negotiate a right to
reply to the offending articles, under the editorial control of disabled
people. As we were told there were no editorial staff present at the
Manchester Offices, the Head of Personnel agreed to fax our demands to Chris
Elliot, the Managing Editor at the Guardian's London office. After the
protesters were able to speak directly to Guardian staff in London, it was
agreed that the Guardian would contact their Readers Editor to ask if they
would agree for the protesters to have a column in the paper as a right to
The Readers Editor is back to work on Tuesday 4th September when
negotiations will start between the protesters and the Editorial staff.
Disabled people are demanding that we have the right to reply to negative
articles written about us by non-disabled people.
If the Guardian does not afford us this right, further action will be taken
against the newspaper.
This protest was viewed as a partial victory, but we have a long way to go.