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How Can Journalism Take Down Fascism? Paul Mason, Sian Norris and Nick Lowles

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A panel of journalists and anti-fascist campaigners join us to discuss their research and reporting into far-right networks – and what they believe are the opportunities for journalists in defeating far-right extremism.

Award-winning journalist and author Paul Mason, and director of anti-fascist campaigning group HOPE not hate Nick Lowles join journalist Sian Norris to discuss the evolution of fascism and its manifestations in contemporary society. They discuss the increasing polarisation between the far-right and the left, looking at the recent growth in far-right radicalism. 

The speakers consider how fascism is currently growing its base through the corruption of discourses surrounding freedom and the increasingly strong yet elusive networks of communication though which neo-fascism is being proliferated. 

Each speaker’s work on contemporary fascism looks at this subject from a different angle. Sian Norris specialises in the far-right regarding abortion law in her new book Bodies Under Siege, while Paul Mason writes on resistance to these ideologies in his book How to Stop Fascism. Nick Lowles, from anti-racism advocacy group Hope Not Hate, looks at the issues the give rise to the far right. Together, they offer a comprehensive view of contemporary fascism, as well as proposed solutions to dismantling it. 

They discuss their reporting and research into far-right networks, unpick the new fascist ideology, explore its impact on women and minority groups, and make the case for why journalists must play an active role in defeating the far-right.  

Chaired by Madhu Krishnan. 

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Paul Mason is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and filmmaker. Previously economics editor of BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News, his books include Clear Bright Future, PostCapitalism, a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere; Live Working or Die Fightingand Rare Earth: A Novel.

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Sian Norris is a writer and journalist specialising in reproductive and LGBTIQ rights. She is the founder of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival and a regular speaker and contributor with Bristol Ideas.

Nick Lowles is the director of anti-fascist campaigning group HOPE not hate.

Madhu Krishnan is Professor of African, World and Comparative Literatures in the Department of English at the University of Bristol and Director of the Centre for Black Humanities.

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