Covering stories from the migration frontline: an open meeting

Thursday Sept 10th, 7.00-8.15pm, St Aldates Tavern, opposite Oxford Town Hall

Discussion with videoclips led by Jason Parkinson 


Videojournalist Jason Parkinson spent 10 days in August recording events around Calais, one of Europe’s many migration frontlines, which he first visited in 2007.

He used his camera to document the realities of  daily life for the people trapped in this permanent transit camp on the Calais dunes, and to give a voice to people like Alpha, pictured below, to tell their stories – (you can see the full 5-min video here.

At our September meeting, Jason will show some of his footage, talk about his experiences and lead a discussion about covering the stories of migrants and migration.

This part of the meeting will start at 7.00pm and will be open to anyone interested in joining the discussion.

maison bleue man

Inside story: In Jason’s video “The man that built his house in the jungle” Alpha tells the story of how he fled his native Mauritania in 2005, and spent ten years crossing Africa, Turkey and Europe, trying in vain to seek a safe haven and live a peaceful life. When the new Jungle camp was set up on the sand dunes of Calais in 2015 he decided to use his traditional building skills to construct a permanent home for himself.

jungle home


Defending the right to report

police and photog 2

Jason will also talk about the need for journalists to be aware of – and challenge – attempts to curtail the freedom to report. He is one of six NUJ members, among them Oxford-based photojournalist Adrian Arbib, who are taking legal action against Scotland Yard after uncovering evidence that the Metropolitan police has been recording his professional activities on a secret database designed to monitor so-called domestic extremists. He will talk briefly about some of the incidents that together amount to a persistent pattern of being assaulted, monitored and stopped and searched by police during their work.

This is an issue that the branch may wish to take up more fully in future, particularly in light of the persistent refusal of Thames Valley Police to respond to Freedom of Information requests from the Oxford Mail about whether they are among the 19 police authorities known to have used RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) to access journalists’ phone records over the past three years (see for instance this article by Luke Sproule)

Join us on Thursday 10th and join in the discussion




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