Frances Webber and Greg Philo at the Institute of Race Relations

Pluto authors Frances Webber and Greg Philo will be appearing at the Institute of Race Relations on Thursday 3rd October to talk about media coverage and government policy on asylum issues.

The event will take place at the IRR’s King’s Cross offices at 2-6 Leeke Street, London WC1X 9HS. To book tickets, email You can read more about this exciting event by clicking here.

Frances Webber’s book, Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Workdescribes the exclusionary policies, inhumane decisions and obstacles to justice for refugees and migrants in the current legal system. A legal practitioner for over 30 years, Webber has a unique insight into how the law has been applied to migrants.

Greg Philo’s co-authored Bad News for Refugees analyses the political, economic and environmental contexts of migration and looks specifically at how refugees and asylum seekers have been stigmatised in political rhetoric and in media coverage.

To buy either book, click on the cover images below. Buy before 23rd September to get 40% off in our Back To Uni sale!

WEBBER T02439“There is no person better equipped to write on one of the most pressing moral and political concerns of our times than Frances Webber. She writes with the authority of a legal expert who for thirty years has represented migrants and asylum seekers.  Her new book raises questions for all concerned with the preservation of a truly democratic and humane society in which the endangered stranger to whom we owe nothing turns to us for protection and the right to life.”

Helen Bamber OBE

“This formidable work from a frontline legal fighter with unrivalled experience, packs a political punch nothing short of a knockout. From the detailed trauma of individual struggle to the searing hypocrisy of government policy,the treatment of the ‘unwanted’, is laid bare as one of the biggest blots on our landscape. It is Francis Webber’s sense of anger, justice and hope which provide the inspirational hallmark for action.”

Michael Mansfield QC

Philo Cover“This is an enormously important book that documents with meticulous scholarship the way in which immigrants have been stigmatised by the British media. It offers a compelling analysis of what is omitted from media accounts, which voices are left unheard, how simplifications and stereotypes are generated, and the consequences of this prejudiced reporting for immigrant communities who feel themselves to be under constant attack.”

Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London

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