Interlude 4
Telling stories about war differently
in How media and conflicts make migrants
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This interlude is based on spoof newspapers which were created in a workshop with migrants in Nottingham. The newspaper is called ‘The Double Standard’, referring to the double standard between how they as asylum seekers are treated, and how the wealthy and powerful are treated – particularly in terms of the ease of mobility for the wealthy in contrast to their absolute lack of mobility. The newspaper also points out the hypocrisy in which Western governments make high-handed remarks about despotic regimes in other countries, but will invite the despots of these regimes with the hope of encouraging trade. Through the ‘lifestyle section’, claims that asylum seekers live a life of luxury are debunked; there are sarcastic comments about the judgements that asylum seekers face (if they dress too smartly, they are sponging off the system; too destitute and they are treated like vagrants). The third page mimics the Sports section and refers to comments made about the boxer Anthony Joshua in the Daily Mail newspaper: when he was arrested for cannabis possession he was a ‘son of Nigerian parents’, but when he won a boxing match he was British – highlighting how the figure of the migrant is constructed.

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