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Counterpoints Arts

Tuesday 15 June 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm




The Guardian Live and The University of Manchester



From £5



Ref week website - Humanitarian Issues
Join us for the second in our lunchtime events in partnership with the University of Manchester on the media's humanitarian reporting.

This event will be live streamed online and available to view on demand at a later time for all ticket holders.

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, part of The University of Manchester, holds the entire archive of the Manchester Guardian. In this series of events to mark our bicentenary, our panels of special guests and experts will each discuss an item from the archive, its relevance to today’s news and media, and how it may influence our future.

In 2015, the UN refugee agency reported that war is one of the main reasons behind human displacement, and for decades we have seen refugees putting their lives at risk to escape greater dangers in their home countries. How these stories are reported has a momentous impact on how refugees are received and treated. Many lose their stories to offensive monikers, or their individual identity to reporting that covers migration on a massive scale, and fails to connect with the people behind the headlines.

For this second livestreamed event in our series we will discuss how has media reporting on humanitarian issues changed over the past 20 years? How could it become more progressive? And how can the Western media utilise its power to better the lives of the vulnerable people it reports on? Annie Kelly, an award-winning human rights journalist for the Guardian and Observer, will chair a panel including Lindsey Hilsum, international editor for Channel 4 News and Waad Al-Kateab, Syrian journalist, and creator of the BAFTA-winning documentary For Sama and Professor of Cultural History and executive director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Bertrand Taithe.

Running time: 60 minutes

This event will be hosted on a third-party live streaming platform Intrado, please refer to their privacy policy and terms and conditions before purchasing a ticket to the event.

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This event is being streamed globally.