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It notes, however, that as well as some examples of excellent reporting there has also been coverage that plays to the Government’s cuts agenda by emphasising erroneous claims.
DM believes some of this negative coverage has been encouraged and material supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions and stresses any leaks or press releases from such bodies should be given due scrutiny as would be expected from an independent, unbiased media.
DM also acknowledges this is not only good journalism but also helps to avoid journalists being used as government propagandists, particularly when such coverage creates a blame culture and also contributes directly to making disabled people targets for hate crime.
This DM therefore instructs the NEC to campaign to:
DM hopes that Channel 4 will continue this practice, which has helped bring disabled people into the spotlight and show that many are capable of doing these jobs.
However, DM condemns the government’s attempts to use the success of paralympians to attack disabled people who depend on benefits and condemns the cuts being imposed on these benefits that are absolutely essential to their ability to live. DM further condemns the closure of the Remploy factories that gave so many disabled people a chance to work in an accessible environment as gross hypocrisy from a government that claims to be trying to help bring disabled people into the workplace. DM furthermore condemns the role of the private company ATOS in these political machinations.
DM instructs the NEC to support organisations fighting cuts to disability benefits, in particular Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).