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Please ask the chief of Channel 4 to adopt the new guidelines for covering poverty issues

A few weeks ago, hundreds of Church Action on Poverty supporters emailed editors in the media, asking them to adopt new guidelines created by the National Union of Journalists to ensure responsible, sensitive reporting on poverty issues.

Then the Chief Executive of Channel 4 spoke out and criticised Channel 5 for "carpet bombing" the schedules with programmes about people on benefits. We were pleased to hear that Channel 4 is now worried about the impact of these programmes, since their own 'Benefits Street' has been a cause of considerable worry and stigma for people receiving benefits.

We have written to the chief, David Abraham, and asked him if he will show his commitment to responsible reporting by publicly endorsing the NUJ's new
guidelines. So far, he has not responded. Could you send him a message too, so he understands how concerned people are about this?

Email the chief of Channel 4 about the NUJ guidelines now at: www.e-activist.com/ea-action/broadcast.record.message.click.do?ea.url.id=598588&ea.campaigner.email=pBiWZiMdAXMC4tXsnN6nsTGnB9ePxiCYmZAK81VjEpg=&ea.campaigner.id=Y5VXFaNcQF4=&ea_broadcast_target_id=0

Best wishes

Liam Purcell
Communications Manager, Church Action on Poverty