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Lenny Henry has raised concerns that people from minority ethnic backgrounds working in broadcasting do not feel able to speak up about diversity for fear of being “oppressed or fired”.Speaking at a House of Lords committee on media diversity, the actor said black, Asian and minority ethnicity workers need safe spaces “to vent their feelings without fearing the noose”.“I’m raising the alarm as far as true diversity and inclusion are concerned.
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“The feeling was that there was not space to say stuff that we were unhappy with, without getting oppressed or fired,” he said.
Henry, who is currently appearing in King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East, also argued that improving the “terrible” diversity in television would not improve with initiatives such as unconscious bias training and mentorships, and called for stronger financial commitment from broadcasters.
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