The coverage of migrants and refugees in the media has received intense scrutiny ever since the so-called 'migrant crisis' hit international headlines in 2015. Migrants have been portrayed in extreme binaries: as vulnerable bodies or as dangerous outsiders rarely as individuals with fully formed human stories.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the UK's plan to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda has also put a spotlight on how the media reports on migration issues, and the important role journalists play in explaining, contextualising and reducing prejudice. But recent media coverage has exposed that some migrants and crises are more visible than others. Even as the war in Ukraine grinds on, millions have been facing hunger in Ethiopia's Tigray region, hundreds of thousands remain displaced from their homes in Sudan's western Darfur region, while hundreds of people continue to die in dinghies in the Mediterranean.
This timely panel will bring together reporters with experience covering the migration issue in Europe, Africa and The Middle East. The panellists will delve into the perspectives of how media reports on migrants' stories and how we can engage in a more ethically-sound, trauma-informed reporting lens on migration and refugees issues.