By John Pring in Disability News Service.
A disability charity has been accused of “exploitative” and “disgraceful” behaviour after asking disabled journalists to write an article for its website without payment.
The charity Scope sent out a message on social media this week seeking a “disability blogger” who could write an article about sex and relationships on a “voluntary” basis for its online disability forum.
The request caused anger among a string of disabled writers, who reminded the charity that disabled journalists were often “devalued” and exploited and asked to provide free content.
Natasha Hirst, the disabled members’ representative on the national executive committee of the National Union of Journalists, told Disability News Service (DNS): “Disabled journalists are often expected to provide free content.
“This is a common problem for freelancers but disabled journalists especially are devalued and this needs to be challenged.
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