Galway One World Centre, Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, County Galway
Phone 091 638032 / 0872645344 / firstname.lastname@example.org
GOWC is delighted to be involved in an innvative project with Reading International Solidarity Centre in the UK:
‘Quality or Quantity: Measuring teachers’ impact on pupil attitudes and actions’ when learning about Development Education in school.
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This validated training module is proving enormously popular with teachers and with community educators Click here for more details.
Successful Challenge to Racism in the Media
Our Anti Racism worker, Sharon Murphy, made a successful challenge regarding racist comments on the David Harvey show, Classic Hits 4FM. Her complaint to the Broadcasting Authority was upheld.
Sharon explains, I was told by an acquaintance to listen to the new radio station, Classic Hits 4FM, “they sound radical, not afraid to discuss uncomfortable issues” she said. Like what I asked? “Issues of the day, politics, immigration, banks defaulting, etc”. I tuned in during 2012. It seemed to me whenever the topics of immigration, welfare, employment or housing were discussed it quickly became a justification for people to discuss the behaviour of minority groups. I was shocked and hurt by many of the insults that were aired i.e. “Africans should be sterilised” ”Nigerians are dirty”, which mostly went unchallenged by the presenter, David Harvey. I wondered, how is it that these offensive comments could be allowed to go unchallenged without any consequences? Over the next few months on behalf of the Galway One World Centre I decided to monitor the show. We sent our findings to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Thankfully they upheld our complaint. Sharon Murphy-Anti Racism Worker
Please find full statement by the Broadcasting Authority (page 4) BAI_October2013
As explained, in the statement, Sharon read a poem out on air, expressing her feelings about comments made on the show. This was not a right of reply, as confirmed by the Broadcasting Authority, but we thought you might like to hear the poem, in a version set to Sharon’s own original music.