Saturday September 19, 2020

Black Lives Matter, but it’s not reflected in our media

Irish newspapers and broadcasters need to do a much better job of hiring more minorities to mirror their representation in society

13th September, 2020
A protester at a Black Lives Matter rally outside the US Embassy in Dublin in June after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Despite widespread support for the movement here, there is little diversity in Irish media. Photo: Stephen Collins

Black lives matter? Well, of course they do. We’re all united on that, aren’t we? Our newspapers, radio and TV give the shocking events in the US extensive coverage. In doing so we have become familiar with victims such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Jayne Thompson.

All of these, people of colour, were killed by the excessive use of force by those charged with their safety,...

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