History shows mainstream media outlets played into the UK’s governments aversion to uphold their responsibilities under humanitarian law. Looking back through years of newspaper headlines and articles reveals a penchant of toxic far-right rhetoric fuelling hysteria, discrimination and creating fear.
Negative language creating imagery of floods, aliens, bombardment and people-pouring-in.
Devising an imagined need to protect our borders, health care, homes and a fear of them being taken or stolen – our culture destroyed.
Lost in these headlines are any facts and figures documenting how refugees support the UK economy, bring expertise, knowledge, and culture.
Lost in these headlines are the real people who are scared, vulnerable, exhausted, searching and calling upon us for a safe haven for their families from persecution, violence or war.