NUJ backs campaign for Voice to be accredited at the Games


The NUJ has joined calls for the Voice to be allowed to cover the Olympic Games.

Britain’s only national newspaper aimed at a black readership has been turned down for accreditation to the Games, meaning its journalists are not allowed access to the stadium and media centre, despite of the 78 Olympics GB Team track and field athletes, 29 are of African and Caribbean heritage.

The NUJ is supporting the title’s attempts to get the British Olympic Association to reverse its decision.

General secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “This is a disgrace. The BOA has excluded the Voice by denying Olympic press pass accreditation but surely the whole point of the event is to celebrate the achievements of all nations and people. Readers of the Voice want to support the black British athletes taking part.

“The BOA appointed an independent media panel to decide on which organisations should get accreditation – of the 14 on that panel, 12 were men, and all were white. The BOA need to recognise they have made the wrong decision and allow the Voice accreditation.”

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