Ian Murray, the Executive Director of the Society of Editors has stepped down, following a row over its reaction to comments about racism in the media.
Prince Harry stated in the interview with Oprah Winfrey that some British tabloids were “bigoted” and “racist.”
Initially, the Society of Editors denied this in a strongly worded statement, saying that it was “not acceptable” for the couple to make such claims, “without supporting evidence.” It added that the press in the UK “was not racist.”
“Since the statement was issued the SoE has been heavily criticised,” stated Murray.
“While I do not agree that the Society’s statement was in any way intended to defend racism, I accept it could have been much clearer in its condemnation of bigotry and has clearly caused upset.
“As executive director I lead the Society and as such must take the blame and so I have decided it is best for the board and membership that I step aside so that the organisation can start to rebuild its reputation.”
He added that the original statement was “not intended to gloss over the fact that the media industry in the UK does have work to go on inclusivity and diversity.”
Ahead of Murray’s resignation last night, The Yorkshire Post’s Editor, James Mitchinson, said that he would be withdrawing from the Society of Editors Awards in protest.
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