Friday, 26 October 2012

Message and Delivery - Research

For this task we were asked to produce extensive research based on any news paper article of our choice from Tuesday 23rd October. My chosen story is from the Daily Express:

The article is celebrating 'Golden wonder women of the year' but I am focusing particularly on Doreen Lawrence, Mother of Stephen Lawrence who was murdered. Doreen has recently been awarded for her 'tireless work against racism' and singer Beverly Knight has described her as "The embodiment of 'Never give up'.

Doreen alongside other ward winners (left to right) PD James, Doreen Lawrence and Zainab Salbi, at the 57th annual Women of the Year lunch

Doreen's son Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a gang of thugs on 22 April 1993.
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The description beneath this dramatisation based on real events reads: Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 -- 22 April 1993) was a black British teenager from Eltham, southeast London, who was stabbed to death while waiting for a bus on the evening of 22 April 1993.

After the initial investigation, five suspects were arrested but never convicted.[2] It was suggested during the course of investigation that the murder had a racist motive and that Lawrence was killed because he was black, and that the handling of the case by the police and Crown Prosecution Service was affected by issues of race, leading to an inquiry.

In 1999, an inquiry headed by Sir William Macpherson examined the original Metropolitan police investigation and concluded that the force was "institutionally racist". The inquiry has been called 'one of the most important moments in the modern history of criminal justice in Britain'. The report of the examination's work and conclusions was published in 1999 as The Macpherson Report.

On 18 May 2011, it was announced that one of the original suspects, and another man, are to stand trial for the murder in the light of "new and substantial evidence" becoming available. A jury was selected on Monday 14 November 2011, and the trial started on the following day.

In the Guardian on Sunday 14th February 1999 Doreen Quoted: "Yes, I am still angry," she says. "I'm angry that even now we're still being kept in the dark and have to read the newspapers to find out what is going on."

"And I'm angry that Stephen is six feet under but the boys who stabbed him can laugh and drink. Their families can still have an interaction with them, but I'm never going to have that again with Stephen." This was the first time Doreen had agreed to speak about her feelings in almost 2 years.

18 Years later and Doreen delivers a powerful and moving speech to the public about the relief of her son's killers finally being imprisoned. 

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