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is also necessary that the role of the police as guardians of anti-discrimination is highlighted, that there are transparent policing procedures, that pre- and in-service training addresses the challenges of ethnic diversity by including anti-racist and intercultural dimensions and that mechanisms are introduced to involve Rom, Gypsy, Traveller organisations in partnership arrangements.

32.The media can play a crucial role in either promoting or challenging ethnic prejudices and stereotypes.  Research has shown that minority ethnic groups have been, and continue to be, portrayed negatively (as a problem, dirty, dangerous, or a threat) or stereotypically (as scroungers, criminals, deviants, etc.) by the media, thereby contributing to the reproduction of racism.  There is a need, therefore, for professionals in the media to introduce and implement anti-racist guidelines and ethical standards so as to provide fair coverage of Rom/Gypsy/Traveller events and issues.

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