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The purpose of this guide is to share the Refugee Media Group's experiences of working with local and regional media over 4 years encouraging accurate asylum reporting and ensuring the voices of men and women asylum seekers and refugees are heard. It is intended as a guide for refugee community organisations, or any local groups, who wish to engage with the media in 'positive images' work.
  PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR REFUGEE COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND REFUGEE PRACTITIONERS ON WORKING WITH THE MEDIA PRODUCED BY THE R EFUGEE M EDIA G ROUP IN W  ALES Let’s talk to the media  Let’s t PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR REFUGEE COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND REFUGEE PRACTITIONERS ON WORKING WITH THE MEDIA PRODUCED BY THE REFUGEE MEDIA GROUP IN WALES    d  e  s   i  g  n   b  y   e  a  z  y  m  u   l   t   i    0   7   9   3   9   1   4   0   8   1   2  e  a  z  y  m  m   @  y  a   h  o  o .  c  o .  u   k   4  foreword  6  about media influence: believing what we see or seeing what we believe ?  9  Working with the media: grass-roots experience  12  involving refugees: trust & targeted support 17  working with other organisations: in the same boat 20  press release: make it easy for journalists 22  media interviews: it is good to talk 26  interviewing refugee women: guidelines for the media 28  images & photographs: people believe what they see 32  monitoring of the media: to challenge myths and make friends 36  list of useful resources 38  acknowledgements  4 foreword T hankfully, most of us will never know what it means to leave our homes, our families and friends to seek refuge in another country. Many refugees seeking sanctuary in the UK over centuries have had to overcome hostility and prejudice but have still gone on to make an enormous economic and cultural contribution. It is very sad that in the 21st century asylum seekers and refugees still have to overcome intolerance and prejudice while trying to make a new life for themselves and their families here in the UK. It is also disturbing that certain sections of the UK media make asylum seekers the scapegoats for problems in society creating very negative perceptions among members of the public.If only more people were prepared to look behind the myths peddled by some sections of the media and reflect on the experiences that have brought asylum seekers here then I am sure that prejudice and hostility would give way to humanity and compassion. There are currently around 75 conflicts in more than 50 countries across the world. The lives of countless families are being torn apart by war, human rights abuses and persecution. People seek sanctuary in other countries because the alternative may be poverty, persecution or death. While responsibility for asylum and immigration is not devolved to the Welsh  Assembly we have a key role to play in providing for refugees and asylum seekers in terms of housing, health, education and social services. Wales is a tolerant and compassionate society. We have a moral duty to care for those who seek sanctuary here and live up to our tradition as a welcoming nation. We are fortunate that the media in Wales has, in the main, avoided the hysterical and inaccurate coverage of asylum issues of some of its UK counterparts. But there is clearly an enormous amount of work to be done to overcome the negative perceptions fostered by other sections of the media.I therefore welcome this report and endorse its findings. It provides the material needed to challenge the false and negative perceptions of asylum issues and urges us all to put a human face on a global problem. Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration
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