Reporting Injustice Episode 2: Uncovering racism and betrayal in the Windrush Scandal
Updated: Nov 12
In today's episode, we look at one of the biggest stories in the British media in the past few years – the uncovering of the Windrush scandal by the Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman. We talk to her about how this story came to light – and why branding it a certain way was so important.
When Amelia Gentleman stumbled across the story of the treatment of the Windrush Generation, she started an investigation that would become a national scandal, trigger an apology from Prime Minister Theresa May, the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd and raise fundamental questions about racism in Britain in the 21st century. In this episode we also talk to the journalist and anti-racism campaigner Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Dr Juanita Cox who carried out the oral history project into the Windrush Generation at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
Amelia Gentleman is a reporter for the Guardian. She won the Paul Foot award, the Cudlipp award, an Amnesty award, journalist of the year at the British Journalism Awards and London Press Club print journalist of the year for her Windrush investigations. Previously she won the Orwell prize, and Feature and specialist writer of the year at the British press awards. Her book The Windrush Betrayal, Exposing the Hostile Environment was shortlisted for the Orwell book prize. Amelia previously reported from Delhi, Paris and Moscow.
This is the second episode of The Knowhow Podcast's special five-part series: Reporting Injustice... A series where we look at some of the key stories in recent years that were turning points in how we saw some fundamental issues. We talk to the journalists who uncovered them about their struggle to bring these stories to public view. And we speak to experts who explain how these reports altered the way society perceived pressing matters of race, class and sexism. From Bill Cosby to Windrush, Grenfell to missing and murdered indigenous women, Reporting Injustice looks at the story behind the stories...
Presented by: Dr. Glenda Cooper and Dr. Lindsey Blumell
Produced by: Atina Dimitrova
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