|Picture: JESS HURD
ATTENDED this anti-war rally in London last week
AROUND 700 people attended a rally in London last
week called by the Campaign for Media Accuracy and Free Speech and
supported by Media Workers Against the War. The rally was chaired by John
Foster, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists. Speakers
included journalist John Pilger and MPs Tam Dalyell, Jeremy Corbyn and
Tony Benn. They called for more critical reporting of NATO's bombing and
more coverage of the anti-war case.
Alice Mahon MP said, "This so called
'humanitarian war' has turned into a humanitarian disaster. If I could go
and see the bloodstains in a bombed car factory, why couldn't the media?
Why was the killing of children in Surdulica the fourth item on the news?"
Ministry of Defence
Whitehall, London, Thursday
20 May, 6.30pm
Called by the
Committee for Peace in the Balkans
- AROUND 150 people picketed the BBC in
Manchester last week in protest at its coverage of the war. Now a rally
of anti-war media workers is planned in the city for Thursday 27 May,
7.30pm, at the Mechanics Institute. Speakers include Tam Dalyell MP,
John Foster of the NUJ and John Rees of Media Workers Against the War.
- SOME 60 people joined a picket of the BBC in
Leeds last week. A delegation went inside to argue for more coverage of
anti-war protests and events.
- ROTHERHAM NUJ has organised a debate about
the war for Monday 17 May, 7.30pm, Rotherham Arts Centre. The speakers
include John Foster.
- The North West Regional Council of UNISON passed
a motion last week against NATO's bombing of the Balkans. After a debate
the motion was carried by 95 votes to just five among delegates from
UNISON branches across the region.
- AROUND 25 students attended a debate on the
war at the University of North London last week.
- TWENTY students debated the war at a meeting in
Islington Sixth Form Centre, north London, last week.
- OVER 20 people attended an anti-war meeting
in Bootle, Merseyside.
- AROUND 25 school students attended a debate about
the war at Finham Park School in Coventry.
- OVER 30 people attended an anti-war meeting
in the Heeley area of Sheffield last Friday.
- A NUMBER of workplace anti-war groups have been
set up. Inaugural meetings for Council Workers Against the War were held
in Manchester, Stockport and Nottinghamshire last week. Some 11 teachers
attended an anti-war meeting at North Wembley School last week.
- There is a meeting of Rail and Tube Workers
Against the War on Tuesday 18 May, 6pm, at Unity House, Euston Road,
London (nearest tube Euston). Speakers include Jeremy Corbyn MP, Mark
Steel, Bob Crow.
- Edinburgh Campaign Against War in Europe has
organised a one day conference, "Why is NATO Bombing Yugoslavia?"
on 23 May. Speakers include Angus Calder, Tam Dalyell MP, Socialist
Worker editor Chris Harman, Professor John Erickson, Donny Gluckstein
and Mike Gonzalez. The conference will take place on Sunday 23 May,
9.30am to 4.30pm, University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre, Bristo
Square, Edinburgh. More details from Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre,
St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ.
- Hackney Empire Benefit Concert, Sunday 23
May, 7.30pm. Tickets £8/£6, with Jeremy Hardy, Linda Smith and
others, plus speakers Germaine Greer, Diane Abbott and Tony Benn.