NUJ welcomes BOA U-turn to grant media accreditation to Britain’s only newspaper for black readers

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The NUJ has welcomed the decision by the British Olympic Association to change its mind and grant media accreditation to The Voice.

As UnionNews reported yesterday, Britain’s only national newspaper for black readers applied for two passes for the track and field events, but was turned down.

Following a campaign supported by the NUJ, the BOA has backed down and agreed to give the newspaper passes to the Olympic stadium and media centre.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “I am pleased the BOA has seen sense and reversed its decision. Readers of The Voice want to support the black British athletes taking part and now they will be able to read full coverage of the Olympic events.”

Zita Holbourne, a member of the TUC Race Relations Committee, had opened a petition championing The Voice’s cause.  She is now pressing the BOA for an equality audit on the selection procedure for media passes – a move supported by the NUJ.

Of the BOA panel  responsible for accreditation, 12 of the 14 appointees were men and all were white.

Voice editor George Ruddock said: “This is excellent news. We thought the initial decision not to give accreditation was surprising and so did our many readers who immediately voiced their opinion by signing the online petition. The Voice is also indebted to the many print and online media which picked up the story and ran with it. Our journalists will be giving gold-standard Olympic coverage in the paper and online.”


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