APPG on Sport, Modern Slavery & Human Rights - second session

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House of Lords

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SW1A 0PW

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Theme: The role of the media

Themes to consider:

  • Broadcast rights have grown to outstrip sponsorship as the main source of revenue for most major sporting events. Several sports media companies have taken steps to introduce human rights due diligence in their organisations.
  • A number of sports journalists have played an important role in raising issues of human rights and sports – from child abuse in gymnastics to workers building the stadia in Qatar. How can such journalism embolden sports media companies to play a more proactive role in raising public awareness of human rights in sport globally? Is there a difference in the role of sports journalists vs. news journalists, and how can the duty of impartiality be maintained?
  • For UK-based broadcast media, the OFCOM Broadcasting Code already refers to the UK Human Rights Act but what gaps remain, if any, for broadcasters to ensure they are conducting proper due diligence under the UNGPs?

Agenda

Part 1 –Framing the questions - members of the APPG

Part 2 Due diligence – How do most broadcasters currently do this? Are there gaps between human rights due diligence under the UNGPs and adhering to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code? Where does the Modern Slavery Act fit in? What are the challenges?

  • Moira Oliver (Head of Policy & Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights, BT)
  • Simon Green (CEO, BT Sport)
  • Stephen Cook (Head of Live Football, BT Sport)
  • Ross Biggam (VP Government Affairs EMEA, Discovery Eurosport)
  • Duncan East (Head of Director, Sky Sports)

Q&A with Parliamentarians

Part 3 – The thematic challenge – What is society’s expectation of the media? Should sports journalists be reporting human rights issues as a news journalist would? What evidence is there to suggest sports audiences want to understand these issues, if any?

  • Philippe Auclair (France Football)

Q&A with Parliamentarians

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House of Lords

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United Kingdom

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