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 April 2013. 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 WorkerPlease find full statement by the Broadcasting Authority (page 4) BAI_October2013 As explained, in the statement, Sharon read a poem out on air about her feelings on the show, this was NOT a right of reply but we thought you might like to hear the poem, this time, Sharon has put it to music.
Anti Racism Complaint Upheld!
Our Anti Racism worker, Sharon Murphy, made a complaint regarding racist comments on the David Harvey show, Classic Hits 4FM. Her complaint was upheld! Our congratulations to Sharon on this inspiring win.