Groups often ask us what the City of Sanctuary position is when they have been asked to speak to the media ( press, radio and TV), and most recently in response to the Calais and the “refugee crisis”. The resources below provide a helpful start. These are in addition to the wide range of other awareness raising resources.
It is helpful to be aware of general public attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees and to bear this in mind when talking to the media.
Tent Foundation published a report called Public perceptions of the refugee crisis. This research involved interviewing members of the public in 10 different countries, including the UK, in October 2015 and again in January 2016 and provides insights into public opinion over a period when refugee issues were regularly in the media. See also this summary from Purpose: Tent Tracker Research_Summary of Global Findings.
Hope not Hate have published their second Fear and Hope 2016 report which looks at attitudes to race, faith and belonging in England and allows comparisons with 2011.
It is a good idea if groups can appoint a local media monitor to counteract negative media articles by drawing the group’s attention to the need to respond to misinformation or unhelpful rhetoric.
For example here is a letter from a CoS group to the local press in response to one which was full of misinformation. The offending letter was in favour of the Leave campaign. Please be aware that City of Sanctuary maintains a neutral position on the EU referendum.
This page will be further developed with resources from upcoming training sessions on working with the media and support for refugees to tell their stories. Please share your experiences of working with the media with us.