New European sexism row: 'I feel insulted on behalf of female writers', says anti-Brexit editor

New European sexism row: 'I feel insulted on behalf of female writers', says editor

The New European has been accused of sexism

Friday, January 19, 2018

A newspaper editor accused of being sexist has said he feels "insulted on behalf of all of the women who write for us" and it shows people are ignorant about the workings of news.

The New European newspaper has been criticised for featuring seven male journalists on its front page and only one woman, all of whom are white. Many have accused the newspaper of being sexist on Twitter.

Matt Kelly, the editor of the pro-EU newspaper, told Mike Graham and Katie Perrior: "I felt very insulted on behalf of all of the women who write for us."

He thinks the criticism shows "a bit of ignorance about how putting together a front page newspaper works.

"You decide what the big story is in the last couple of hours and it’s a happenstance whether that story happens to have been something that a load of men had written for or a load of women had written for."

He explained "we try very hard to have a very good mix of voices in the paper" and "I actually agree that the media has got a diversity problem.

"I actually agree that there’s a gender imbalance in the media and its bad for the media and its bad for society... we’ve been at pains to argue that point in The New European."

The editor revealed "I was accused of being dim, stupid, a bigot, sexist" but "when the debate degenerates to that level I think you've won.

"No doubt all of what I’ve just said will be read as institutionalised sexism by some."

Listen to the full interview above