Journalists’ outrage at Canary editor’s speech invitation boosts ‘Boycott the Guardian’ campaign

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor in chief of The Canary. This shot is from a Newsnight appearance in 2016, in which she promoted other members of the New Left Media, including Vox Political.

This is a story about treacherous people getting their just desserts.

The editor-in-chief of The Canary – This Site’s friend Kerry-Anne Mendoza – has been honoured with an invitation to give the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture, as part of the series held in memory of the pioneering black female journalist.

The lecture is organised by the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members Council and the choice of speaker is nothing to do with the Guardian-Observer chapel (that’s their word for a branch) of the NUJ – but it seems these reporters complained bitterly at the choice of speaker:

The release of Mark Di Stefano’s tweet (above) prompted something of a backlash. The fact that white journalists at the Guardian were seeking to vote that one of UK media’s only black/minority ethnic editors-in-chief be stopped from giving the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture for Black History Month was considered by many to be a sign of The Guardian officially losing the plot.

Kerry-Anne herself said: “I’m a proud member of the National Union of Journalists and honoured to be invited to give the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture this year.

“It’s a sign of the entitlement of our establishment journalists that they would behave so poorly in response.

“I think we’ve reached peak Guardian. A group of mostly white, middle class journalists trying to stop one of Britain’s only working class, BAME editors in chief from giving a speech for Black History Month.”

Followers of the social media agreed – and it just happened to be the case that a Twitterstorm in support of the hashtag #BoycottTheGuardian had been arranged, to take place between 7pm and 9pm on September 27. You can understand why Kerry-Anne called for us all to support it:

It trended at number one.

Kerry-Anne herself received a lot of support:

But The Guardian‘s change of editorial policy to one that undermines the Labour Party and its leader was also targeted:

In fact, this had been the intention behind the Twitterstorm – and it would have received much less attention if the Guardian-Observer NUJ chapel’s members had just kept their mouths shut (or their typing fingers away from whatever messaging system they have been using).

The result of all this activism is not yet known. The NUJ itself has said nothing on the subject.

It is possible that the Establishment will try to hush up the fact that there has been a huge protest against what can be seen as a clear example of racism by mostly white, middle-class university-graduate journalists.

If that happens, we’ll just have to run another campaign – bigger, louder, and impossible to ignore. Repression always incites rebellion.

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4 thoughts on “Journalists’ outrage at Canary editor’s speech invitation boosts ‘Boycott the Guardian’ campaign

  1. Levinas

    Boycott the Guardian predates the Mendoza fiasco, but adds to it. Original boycott based upon Guardian’s repeated misrepresentation of Corbyn, from what I can see.

  2. Roy Beiley

    At last the beetles are being flushed out of the woodwork and are finding that there few possibilities for them to hide. More seriously they are in danger of putting the Guardian at risk of going out of business. Biting the hand that feeds them.

  3. Growing Flame

    Help!! I stopped buying the Guardian two years ago for these sort of reasons ie the clear anti-socialist bias of most of its writers. So now I can’t boycott it anymore! Not that I needed it the way I did for over 30 years (I first bought it in 1969) Once, it seemed the only voice of sanity in a world of establishment propaganda but now it seems to have joined the other side. Because we finally have a Labour Party that intends to really change the balance of power.
    Now I get my news online, from sites such as the Canary and this site. We don’t need the Guardian any more. The Right never did. But, now they have abandoned their Left-wing readership, what is the point of Guardian writers?

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