Oxford OX1 1BX
Reverend Nathan Ward, a former G4S senior manager at Brook House
Caroline Bannock, Community Editor at The Guardian, who played an integral role in The Guardian’s investigation and reporting of the people of the Windrush generation and their families threatened and deported as part of the governments ‘hostile environment’ policy‘
Local print and broadcast journalists
Callum Tulley was so shocked by the chaos, violence and abuse he saw as a detainee custody officer in an immigration removal centre, he decided to become a whistleblower. Putting on hidden cameras for a BBC Panorama investigation, the 21-year-old exposes a toxic, brutal and failing environment, where self-harm and drug abuse are commonplace. To mark Refugee Week, the Close Campsfield Campaign is teaming up with the Oxford branch of the National Union of Journalists to call for an end to the secrecy that allows such abuses to flourish, and give reporters access to detention centres, which are public facilities holding people who are not serving a prison sentence but are held at the government’s convenience. Nathan Ward will talk about his experience of life at Brook House for the people detained indefinitely and without rights and away from the public eye.
Caroline Bannock will talk about the vital role that journalists played in challenging the traumatic injustice faced by many of the Windrush generation and their families who woke up one morning to find their citizenship and rights had gone. The Guardian has long pressed for its journalists’ to be able to report from inside prisons Local print and broadcast journalists will be invited to participate in a discussion about the challenges of reporting stories of people threatened with deportation