The Traitor Class MEDIA ASSASSINATION of Review: Edge of the City

2004: Documentary: Edge Of The City Channel 4

Article Title 05: Review: Edge of the City
Article Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3602854.stm
Date-stamped: Friday, 27 August, 2004  
Time-stamped: 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
Author: Dominic Casciani

Article Lead In: Edge of the City, a documentary on Bradford’s social services, has been screened by Channel 4 after being dropped in May after police warned it could inflame racial tensions at local election time. There’s been a lot said about Edge of the City – almost all of it by people who had not actually seen the controversial documentary on Bradford’s social services. More than a year in the making, Edge of the City follows social workers with difficult cases in one inner city. The most controversial of these witnesses authorities and parents trying to stop groups of young men who are grooming girls as young as 11 for sex. Although none of the officials in the film raise race as the issue in these predatory relationships, the filmmakers make it perfectly clear that the abusers are predominantly Asian, and all of the abused girls are white. This is the controversy at the heart of the film which cries out for explanation. But instead, the story is shoe-horned into 90 minutes, along with those of an elderly man fighting for independence, a troubled couple dealing with disability and alcoholism and a trainee social worker’s determination to help a serial teenager offender…

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The Traitor Class MEDIA ASSASSINATION of Blame on the edge

2004: Documentary: Edge Of The City Channel 4

Article Title 04: Blame on the edge
Article Link: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2004/aug/17/race.thefarright
Date-stamped: Tue 17 Aug 2004 
Time-stamped: 16.22 AEST
Author: Tania Branigan

Article Lead In: A TV documentary on the ‘grooming’ of white girls by Asian men tells us more about complacency over child abuse than race Moral panics have a life of their own, but the 19th-century fear of the “white slave trade” was peculiarly tenacious. What began with concern for the plight of prostitutes soon became a racial witchhunt pandering to sexual anxieties about the debauching of innocent lilies by fiendish orientals and other foreigners. British writers blamed wicked Jews and continental roués; American campaigners preferred to pinpoint devious Chinese immigrants. Two centuries on, I wonder how much we have learned. Last week Channel 4 announced that it will, after all, air a controversial documentary hastily pulled off the air in May. The British National party had described Edge of the City as “a party political broadcast” and the chief constable of West Yorkshire warned that it could spark disorder in the run-up to elections…

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The Traitor Class MEDIA ASSASSINATION of The BNP hijacked my film

2004: Documentary: Edge Of The City Channel 4

Article Title 03: ‘The BNP hijacked my film’
Article Link: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2004/aug/09/channel4.otherparties
Date-stamped: Mon 9 Aug 2004 
Time-stamped: 10.35 AEST
Author: Anthea Milnes

Article Lead In: Anna Hall was devastated when her Channel 4 film, which investigated allegations that young white girls in Bradford were being groomed for sex, was used as rightwing propaganda. She talks to Anthea Milnes This month, Channel 4 will finally screen Edge of the City, its controversial documentary depicting the bleak realities of life in the most deprived parts of Bradford. The film was originally due to go out in May, but hours before transmission it was pulled from the schedules, after it was advertised on the British National Party website as a “party political broadcast”, and the chief constable of West Yorkshire warned that its screening could provoke community disorder in the run-up to the local and European elections. The controversy centred on the film’s claims that men – most of them British Asians – in Bradford and neighbouring Keighley were grooming under-age white schoolgirls for sex. At the eye of the storm was the film’s producer and director, Anna Hall. Hall’s initial idea, she explains, was to make an observational documentary focusing on the daily lives of social workers. “Unlike doctors, fire-fighters, the police and other frontline services,” she says, “there have been few films about social workers. The only time you hear about them is when things go wrong; you never hear what they do the rest of the time.” 

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The Traitor Class MEDIA ASSASSINATION of Channel 4 pulls abuse film after police fears

2004: Documentary: Edge Of The City Channel 4

Article Title 02: Channel 4 pulls abuse film after police fears
Article Link: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2004/may/20/channel4.broadcasting1
Date-stamped: Fri 21 May 2004 
Time-stamped: 01.28 AEST
Author: Jason Deans, broadcasting editor

Article Lead In: Channel 4 has pulled a documentary about Bradford social workers dealing with child abuse from its schedule tonight after local police warned the programme could inflame racial tension in the city. The network, which normally takes great pride in its reputation for stirring up controversy, has made the self-censorship move “as a responsible broadcaster” and because of “exceptional circumstance”, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said….

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The Traitor Class MEDIA ASSASSINATION of C4 pulls Edge of the City

2004: Documentary: Edge Of The City Channel 4

Article Title 01: C4 pulls Edge of the City
Article Link: broadcastnow.co.uk
Date-stamped: 20 May 2004
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Article Lead In: Channel 4 has been forced to pull a documentary, which shows Asian men in Bradford grooming young white girls for sex, after local police claimed the programme could spark race riots in the city.

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