This week, we’re focusing on The Independent’s new investigation with domestic abuse charity Refuge. We are also celebrating shortlistings at the Media Week Awards and the London Press Club Awards and wrapping things up with our new episode of Love Lives featuring singer Zara Larsson.
The Independent’s joint investigation with its charity partner Refuge has revealed that just 24% of police accused of domestic abuse, sexual assault, rape and abuse of position were suspended across England and Wales between May 2022 and May 2023.
And in the Metropolitan Police, which was found to be institutionally misogynistic by a damning review this year, just 12% of officers and staff are being suspended from duties after being accused of violence against women and girls.
The Independent and Refuge are calling on the home secretary to change the rules urgently to make suspension mandatory while allegations are investigated.
To read the piece by The Independent’s women’s correspondent, Maya Oppenheim, please see here.
To sign the petition demanding change, please go to Refuge’s website.
The Independent’s Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Morley has won a place on the Media Week Awards 2023 Media Leader of the Year shortlist.
It is a significant achievement to have received this recognition, with only 10 people making the list from across media.
Finalists include leaders from media agencies (all CEOs), with just three media owners represented.
Andrew is the only CRO to be featured on the list, and is the only leader from a news brand. No individuals from TV, radio or social are included.
The Media Week Awards showcase the best of media, rewarding innovation, creativity, insight and real business impact. Its Media Leader of the Year shortlist notes how Andrew has been instrumental in helping The Independent in its online success story, despite a challenging economic climate; transforming how the news title is viewed and used by advertisers. It cites that The Independent is proving itself as the leader in the online market, whilst competitors are struggling to navigate ongoing digital transformation.
Vote to decide the Media Leader of the Year winner here.
The Independent has been nominated for Daily Newspaper of the Year at the London Press Club Awards, following a phenomenal year packed with successful campaigns and exclusives.
The winners will be announced on 17 October. Read the full article on The Independent here.
Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson joins The Independent’s Olivia Petter on the latest instalment of Love Lives. Zara discusses fame and how blogging from a young age has helped her feel comfortable speaking her mind and taking ownership of her work in the relentless and unforgiving music industry.
Hear about how she collaborates in the studio, how she came to the public’s attention at a young age and how one form of transport has stolen her heart.