We are keeping watch on the language used by politicians and media about refugees.

Examples of what not to say will be listed here:

  • 03/03/22: Andrew Pierce of the Mail referring to “migrants”. Corrected on Twitter by Media Watch members, ‘000s of retweets.
  • 16/03/22: MP Adam Holloway referring to small boat arrivals “mainly, as far as I can see, economic migrants”. Challenged using twitter for lack of evidence.
  • 20/03/22: BBC’s Simon Jones on Twitter “Migrant crossings…” Sent Fact Check with covering message by e-mail
  • 29/03/22: BBC R4 announcer “migrants” in small boats total for the month. Twitter correction to BBC R4News.
  • 14/04/2022: Both Prime Minister and Home Sec launching off-shoring scheme for processing asylum seekers referred to these as “illegal”. In Dec 2021 the Court of Appeal clarified that crossing the Channel in order to apply for asylum is NOT illegal. Both are fully aware of this but choose to lie to demonise the innocent and justify their hateful policy.
  • 19/04/2022: Home Sec Patel releases deliberate “advert” for her refugee policy citing that it “offers places to more refugees than any other similar resettlement schemes in Europe”. There ARE no similar schemes in Europe, because it has an open policy towards refugees and has taken far greater numbers that UK over the period she describes. UKL Schemes all set out obstacles to asylum. Addressed by personal tweet copied to MP Nus Ghani.
  • 21/04/2022: Phil Hornby, ITV Meridian referred to “illegal migrants. Sent email to Meridian News with Fact Sheet and explanation; and tweeted direct to @philhornbyitv
  • 02/05/2022: Simon Jones, BBC AGAIN. Reminder tweeted
  • 08/05/2022: simon Jones, again. “Migrants” corrected on Twitter x 3 times