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Reporting migration: Big challenges for old and new media

By Racheal Buckland, an intern with the Lowy Institute's Migration and Border Policy project Last week Helen Boaden, director of BBC Radio, resigned after 34 years working for the English broadcaster and delivered a stirring speech at the Prix Italia festival in Lampedusa criticising journalism. Her response to the reporting of asylum seekers fleeing 'the conflict in Syria… violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, abuses in Eritrea, as well as poverty in Kosovo,' was to lament a transformation in Europe: from historical empathy for those seeking asylum, to blatant villianisation.
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