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Save our language papers campaign, Newham 

Location: UK » London » E

Newham residents are concerned and object to the decision taken by the London Borough of Newham (LBN) to remove community-language newspapers from the borough’s libraries.

This new policy has been introduced under the guise of reducing barriers to learning English that mother-tongue newspapers and books are supposedly responsible for creating and maintaining. LBN states that all residents should learn English to allow them to engage in the community.

We call upon Newham council to:

1. Reinstate community-language newspapers in Newham’s libraries.
2. Prioritise funding and further resources to provision of English as a Second Language (ESOL).
3. To commit to the continued provision of community-language books and audio books in Newham’s libraries.
4. To recognise and celebrate the unique diversity of the London Borough of Newham including recognition of the languages and cultures of its individual communities.

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