'Govt must improve media relations on asylum'

The Home Office needs to improve its dialogue with media in order to tackle hostile reporting on immigration and asylum, new research suggests.

The report - by the independent research group Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR) - says the Government should deliver more frequent media briefings to ensure policy is understood.

It also states that the Home Office press function should be ‘appropriately staffed and resourced' to provide reliable facts and figures on refugee and asylum issues.

‘The Home Office needs to better engage the media where hostility may be aroused by insensitive reporting,' said report author Dr Roger Grimshaw.

But the Home Office told PRWeek that some of the recommendations have already been implemented. It said in a written statement:  ‘Reforms are ensuring that we engage to a much greater extent not only with media, but with the public, staff and stakeholders, too.'

Grimshaw said the Home Office commissioned the research after becoming concerned about the negativity of reporting on immigration issues.

The study, published this week,  monitored 50 news­papers over ten weeks back in  2005.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Max Clifford trial jury finishes sixth day of deliberations

Max Clifford trial jury finishes sixth day of deliberations

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford on 11 charges of indecent assault has been sent home and will reconvene tomorrow morning for a seventh day of deliberations.

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Fishburn's management have defended their reinvention of the 23-year-old agency amid industry mutterings, fed by a series of director-level departures, about the direction in which it is going.

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

EasyJet aimed to break the world record for the highest ever theatrical performance for Shakespeare's 450th birthday yesterday with the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing on a flight from Gatwick to Verona.

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Senior executives from IBM, Nestlé, Vedanta, GE, Cargill, Philips and Allianz will be among the speakers at PRWeek's first Global Congress.