Debate flared and tem­pers frayed in the weeks lead­ing up to this lec­ture as jour­nal­ists and pro­tes­tors have sought to estab­lish an eth­i­cal approach to rep­re­sent­ing pub­lic demon­stra­tions: what is the journalist’s eth­i­cal respon­si­bil­i­ty to rep­re­sent and what is the protestor’s eth­i­cal respon­si­bil­i­ty to be rep­re­sent­ed? Peter Tatchell is an expe­ri­enced media fig­ure who shares some of the lessons learned as a human rights activist who has put him­self on the front-line of social change as a UK Parliamentary can­di­date and as a cam­paign­er with expe­ri­ence of over 3,000 pub­lic protests across 53 years, con­fronting mul­ti­ple regimes and win­ning tan­gi­ble results that have ben­e­fit­ted mil­lions. Stephen Mayes is Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust and for­mer CEO of VII Photo Agency.

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