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EDL leader Stephen Lennon convicted of assault

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What more will it take for the British media to wake to the fact that everything about the English Defence League (EDL) is consumed with race and religious hatred and thuggery.

Yesterday we wrote about four of its supporters being jailed for smashing up a Mosque and trying to injure the local Imam with a brick. Today, we learn its leader, Stephen Lennon, headbutted a fellow member during an EDL rally in Blackburn.

The Oldham Riots - Lessons to be learnt

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The Asian News marked the 10th anniversary of the Oldham riots earlier this year with a series of insightful articles around the disturbances. Happening before 9/11, those disturbances were to transform the way Britain viewed its Muslim communities, and also the way many Muslims viewed themselves.

Mother-of-two nominated for Muslim Writers Awards

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Earlier this month OBV published a story about the Journalism Diversity Fund offering bursaries to aspiring journalists.

In these challenging times where the media can control the agenda and shape perceptions, editors realise it is important that journalists reporting the news reflect the communities they serve and deliver unbiased and accurate reporting.

And with a number of opportunities available to pursue a career as a reporter, there shouldn't be any excuses not to go for your dreams.

A view from inside Labour Party Conference

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The issue of voter registration and the potential disenfrachisement of our communities was a key issue at the annual BAME Labour Fringe Meeting

At yesterday's Labour Party Conference, Party Leader Ed Miliband, announced at a Q&A session that Labour would be campaigning against the government's proposals to change the way in which individuals register to vote. This change in voter registration has the potential to remove up to 10 million voters, many of them from BME backgrounds.

EDL supporters jailed for attack on Mosque

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Four racist youths were jailed for their attack on a Mosque and hurling a brick at the Mosques’s Imam.

The gang pelted the Mosque with bricks and stones before trying to storm their way in screaming racist obscentities at worshippers.

Rocky Beale, 19, of Purleigh Avenue, Woodford Green and Eliot Jones, 19, of Keswick Gardens, Redbridge, pelted the centre with bricks, along with 18-year-old Matthew Stephenson, of Burrow Road, Hainault.

New Met commissioner calls for diversity

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Just days after officially taking over as commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Bernard Hogan-Howe seems to be making all the right noises in terms of regaining trust in the police.

Hogan-Howe wants the make-up of the Police to be more representative of the population and one way to increase diversity was by bringing in senior recruits from beyond the service.

London APSA and Sporting Bengal - Battle of East London

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There are just hours to go before the big football match in London but we’re not talking about Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos. Tonight is the battle of east London, a fight between neighbouring boroughs, a clash of the titans!

Blood donors needed from the Black community

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The Afro Caribbean Leukaemia Trust will be hosting their third annual Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Week between 3-7 October.

The ACLT, a voluntary charity, is looking to encourage the Black & Mixed Race community to register as new and regular blood donors by donating blood for transfusion purposes, even if they are already on the bone marrow register.

Shanade Johnson: Black history month

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As we approach Black history month OBV's new intern Shanade Johnson has written a controversial piece about it, condemning the anunal project as 'segregating rather than integration'. I myself disagree, but we do encourage debate with staff, interns and you, our readership. Is Shanade right, or is Black history month needed more than ever? What's your view?

Is a Black person only Black for one month out of the year? Does their history only matter for one month out of the year?

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