The United Kingdom media is facing backlash after the interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, the couple had claimed racism within the Royal Family and the British press. After the interview, British TV host Piers Morgan exited a popular show Good Morning Britain over his comments for Meghan. Ian Murray, the executive director of the Society of Editors had also resigned over racism claims.
British media faces backlash
Now, the leading newspaper editors and journalists have warned that the Society of Editors will lose its credibility if it does not make fundamental changes and does not issue an apology for an initial refusal to recognise racism in British journalism. Ian Murray last week had said that the claims made by Harry and Meghan about the press were “not acceptable” and are made without “supporting evidence”, insisting that the UK media “has a proud record of calling out racism”. Murray’s statement was criticised by British journalists.
Earlier on Wednesday, before Murray revealed that he would step down, the directors of the society had issued a statement, saying that Murray’s response to Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview, headlined “UK media not bigoted”. Eleanor Mills, a board member of the society and former Sunday Times editorial director said, “What we decide to do now is important: it could be a real watershed moment for the press”.
The Guardian cited Brian Cathcart, professor of…