Give the Voice media accreditation for London 2012 Olympics
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BRITISH OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION, LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES

Give the Voice media accreditation for London 2012 Olympics

    1. ZITA HOLBOURNE
    2. Petition by

      ZITA HOLBOURNE

      LONDON, United Kingdom

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July 2012

Victory

I've just found out some brilliant news - only two days after you and 2,500 others joined my campaign, The Voice will be allowed to report live from the Olympics!

This afternoon, the British Olympic Association reversed its decision and gave The Voice, the UK's oldest and best-selling black newspaper, Olympics media accreditation.

Thank you for your support -- The Voice is looking forward to covering the glorious achievements of British, African and Caribbean athletes -- and we couldn't have done it without you.

The Voice Newspaper is Britain's number one black newspaper but have been denied access to the Olympics stadium to give direct coverage from the games. Black people in the UK have made a huge contribution to sport and to the British Olympic team and it is natural that black press in the UK would wish to report from the Olympic games.

On submitting their application for accreditation The Voice newspaper were told that ;
‘The extraordinary interest and demand from UK media saw the British Olympic Association (BOA) receive more than 3,000 requests for the approximately 400 accreditations available.

‘After careful consideration by the Media Accreditation Committee, we regret to inform you that your application for accreditation for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been unsuccessful.'

‘Should we be in the fortunate position to receive additional accreditations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the Games near or if any granted accreditations are returned, we will reallocate them to applicants on our waiting list. You will automatically be put on this list.’

The Voice Newspaper was founded in 1982 by Jamaican-born accountant, Val McCalla, who was awarded a grant from the Greater London Council to fund his business venture.

The Voice newspaper campaigned for young Black Britons who faced discrimination at the hands of the law during the 1980s and in the wake of the notorious Brixton riots. It secured huge circulation figures from its sought after and unrivalled job recruitment section.

Over its near three decade reign as 'Britain’s Best Black Newspaper', The Voice has served the black community by giving them a voice where other mainstream newspapers have failed. It has over the years been a thorn in the side of the establishment, campaigning on numerous issues and championing the causes of black people nationwide. The Voice is a winning mixture of news, features, sports and celebrity interviews.

The Voice celebrates its 30th anniversary as Britain's best black newspaper in August 2012.

Questions must be asked of the Media Accreditation Committee as to what criteria they used to reach the conclusion that The Voice was not worthy of accreditation, what training and knowledge or race relations and equality the members of this committee have, was an equality impact assessment carried out, what is the equality break down of the media organisations granted accreditation and rejected and how many UK based black and minority ethnic media organisations have received accreditation.

We call on the British Olympic Association to grant accreditation to The Voice and issue an apology not just to the newspaper itself but itsr eadership and black communities in the UK for its insulting and racist decision.

 

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      ZITA HOLBOURNE
      Petition Organizer

      here's a poem about the campaign

    2. ACCESS GRANTED

      ZITA HOLBOURNE
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    3. VICTORY

      ZITA HOLBOURNE
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    4. CONGRATULATIONS ON OUR VICTORY - COLLECTIVE ACTION WINS THE DAY

      ZITA HOLBOURNE
      Petition Organizer

      Your support has been crucial in winning the battle and getting the BOA to reverse its decision. I invite those who are able to attend my campaign group's forthcoming public meeting, entitled Jobs & Justice, Olympics Fair Play for Who? on the Opening Day of the Olympics Friday 27th July in Stratford, home of the Olympic Games 2012. Access full details by clicking on the link.

      Thank you very much for your signatures.

      Keep on keeping on and if you would like to keep up to date with the campaigns I am running against injustice, discrimination and cuts please join our mailing list by emailing barac.info@gmail.com

      In Solidarity

      Zita Holbourne

      Co-founder, BARAC UK

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. thank you to all who have signed - we now have nearly 2000 signatures

      ZITA HOLBOURNE
      Petition Organizer

      Today the New Statesman and The Guardian reported on the campaign which has been supported by celebrities, activists, trade unions and politicians. Please continue to share with all your contacts to keep the pressure up.

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • Beverley Douglas LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      The Voice is a great Newspaper for giving Black People Credit for the hard work that they do, it should not have to fight so hard to achieve this goal, they should have been invited to cover the Olympics.

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    • kate marshall LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      congratulations, that's great news ..

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    • Jennifer Hippolyte LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      What Voice!!! C'mon! bring your tory arses up to date, and stop this class thing! I'm guessing that's what it 's all about aint it? It can't be about colour........ Surely?

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    • Garrett Brooks LUTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      outragous decision, on a black newspaper which covers the whole nation.

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    • Lynn Vidal BERKELEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Racism needs addressing at every occurance .

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