Feel tempted? You could even attend a free media summer school in Sweden! Sorry, but they are not for you, but for ‘migrants’, for which read immigrants. Friday 22 June will witness the Free Media4All Conference (a nasty example of sub-literate titling if ever there was one) which will be hosted at London Metropolitan University. As you can see from the programme reproduced below, it is aimed squarely at providing yet more opportunities for immigrants to tell us why our country is their country, and why we are all the better for their being here. Of course, the fact that many immigrants will wish to say such a thing is only natural, but why should this initiative be sponsored and who is behind it? What benefit accrues to the indigenous population?
The Migrants Resource Centre turns out to be the driving force behind the conference, and it may come as a surprise (or not) to some readers that this organisation possesses charitable status (registered charity number 291789) and is also registered as a limited company (number 191162). Why has such an obviously political group been given charitable status? Also backing the conference and Swedish summer school is the website www.thenewlondoners.co.uk which is also devoted to propagandising the immigrant message that London is now theirs, and another body called Migrants and Media whose web address www.migrantsandmedia.eu no longer seems to be functioning. As to the aim of the Migrants Resource Centre, it is best stated in its own mission statement:
‘Migrants Resource Centre has a vision of a British Society in which migrants and refugees are empowered and valued for their contribution to society.’
Interesting, is it not, that it has specifically chosen to substitute the term ‘migrants’ for ‘immigrants’, thus displaying its deep commitment to the ‘no borders’ movement and the concomitant assertion that we possess no right to political self-determination in our own country.
The conference programme reads as follows:
The MEDIVA project at London Metropolitan University invites you to an exciting and free media conference for migrants – a day of media related discussion, knowledge sharing and workshops in partnership with the Migrants Resource CentreRegister for this free media conference for migrants and learn practical skills and improve your confidence in journalism, radio, photography and engaging with the media.Programme9:30 – 10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome (Migrants Resource Centre)
10:15 – 11:00 Diversity in the Media: presentation and discussion on the MEDIVA testing of diversity indicators (London Metropolitan University)
11:00 – 13:00 Workshops running simultaneously:‘Journalism: Telling your story effectively’‘Practical skills in radio journalism’‘FOCUS ON THE EDGE: digital story telling with photography’‘How to be a media spokesperson’
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:45 Workshops running simultaneously:‘Journalism: Telling your story effectively’‘Practical skills in radio journalism’‘FOCUS ON THE EDGE: digital story telling with photography’‘How to be a media spokesperson’
15:45 – 4pm Closing remarks