Kerry-Anne Mendoza

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Kerry-Anne Mendoza is a writer, journalist and social commentator. Mendoza is editor of The Canary, a left-wing new media outlet.

Early life and education

Mendoza was brought up in Kingswood, near Bristol. She was educated at Kingsfield Secondary School, then started a history degree at the University of Sussex. After a fact-finding programme in Israel/Palestine in 2002, in which she witnessed an attack in the West Bank city of Ramallah, she withdrew from the university course.[1]

Career

A former banker and management consultant,[1][2] Mendoza is currently editor-in-chief for The Canary.

Mendoza is the author of Austerity: The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy (ISBN 978-1-78026-246-8), published in 2015.[3][4]

Mendoza has written under "Scriptonite" on the Scriptonite Daily blog[5] and has been a contributor for major news organisations such as The Guardian,[6] openDemocracy,[7] the New Internationalist[8] and RT UK.[9][10] Since 2017 she has appeared on the BBC topical debate programmes Question Time and Any Questions?[1][11] Mendoza is "a former management consultant in banking, local government and the NHS, who left her job to join the Occupy protest", according to her Guardian profile.[6]

Editor of The Canary

Mendoza co-founded The Canary in 2015, and is its first editor-in-chief.[12][13]

Petition preventing David Cameron from returning to the UK

Following David Cameron's holiday in Lanzarote, a petition started by Mendoza to prevent Cameron from re-entering the country "gathered momentum after Mendoza wrote a satirical article" for The Canary, Romil Patel wrote in the International Business Times.[14] The petition said, in part:

David Cameron presents a clear and present danger to the short, medium and long-term interests of the country. As such, the UK should institute a temporary ban on his return to Britain at the conclusion of his holiday in Lanzarote.[15]

Suicide story

The Canary's coverage of Jeremy Hunt and the junior doctors' strike has gained support from left-wing political parties, such as the Socialist Party of Great Britain.[16] However, one article by Mendoza titled "A junior doctor has killed herself, leaving a message to Jeremy Hunt in her suicide note"[17] – which refers to a line in the BBC News reporting of the story that "a note found in Dr Polge's car related mainly to personal issues, but included a passing reference to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt"[18] – was criticised by Private Eye for its alleged insensitivity.

The Eye alleges that "throughout her Canary story Mendoza blithely flouted the Samaritans guidelines on suicide", including "avoid reporting the contents of a suicide note" and "Over-simplification of the causes or perceived 'triggers' for a suicide note can be misleading and is unlikely to reflect accurately the complexity."[19] Although the latter guidelines were posted by the Canary, Mendoza wrote that "... what must be acknowledged is that Jeremy Hunt is providing the kind of stresses on junior doctors which can foster and exacerbate mental health crisis. ... If Jeremy Hunt had a shred of dignity or respect, he would hand in his resignation today."[17][19]

In response to these allegations, Mendoza wrote that it was a "matter of opinion" to follow the Samaritans guidelines on suicide,[20] and co-founder of The Canary Roja Buck refused to comment on the story.[21]

Personal life

She and her wife Nancy live in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Daly, Patrick (28 June 2017). "The Canary's Bristolian editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza is going to be on Question Time - this is the story of how she got there". Bristol Post. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  2. ^ Galloway, George. "'Sputnik' with George Galloway". RT Shows. Episode 138.
  3. ^ Miles, Jim (1 June 2015). "Kerry-Anne Mendoza's 'Austerity' – A Review". Foreign Policy Journal. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Austerity – New Internationalist". New Internationalist. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Values". The Canary. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Kerry-anne Mendoza". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Kerry-anne Mendoza". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ Mendoza, Kerry-anne. "Kerry-anne Mendoza". New Internationalist. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  9. ^ Bloodworth, James (9 May 2016). "Beware those critics that prefer Putin's propaganda to the BBC". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. ^ Kerry-anne Mendoza, Editor-in-Chief of The Canary. Keiser Report. RT UK. 1 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Any Questions?". BBC Radio 4. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  12. ^ Spence, Alex (18 August 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn and the disruptive Canary". POLITICO. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  13. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (20 October 2016). "The Canary: From £500 start-up to top-100 UK news website in the space of a year". Press Gazette. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  14. ^ Patel, Romil (29 March 2016). "More than 30,000 people support call to ban David Cameron from returning to UK from holiday". International Business Times. United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  15. ^ Stewart, Ellen (April 2016). "There's a petition to ban David Cameron re-entering the country". indy100. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  16. ^ Meel. "The NHS and 'junior doctors'". World Socialism. The Socialist Party of Great Britain. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  17. ^ a b "A junior doctor has killed herself, leaving a message to Jeremy Hunt in her suicide note". The Canary. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Rose Polge: Washed-up body confirmed as junior doctor". BBC News. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Canary in the Pit" (JPEG image). Private Eye (1418). Pressdram Ltd. 26 May 2016. p. 7.
  20. ^ Mendoza, Kerry-anne. "The Canary on Facebook (screenshot)" (JPEG image). Facebook. The Canary.
  21. ^ "Canary Wings It" (JPEG image). Private Eye (1419). Pressdram Ltd. 26 May 2016. p. 10.
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