CanaryPod: Topple Uncaged Special – Stop The Arms Fair

Topple Uncaged Stop The Arms Fair Special
Steve Topple


Welcome to series two of #ToppleUncaged!

Every week, The Canary will be bringing you an innovative podcast for the media landscape; hosted by me, Steve Topple.

In a special episode, I caught up with two Canary journalists who were on the front line of one of the most important direct action protest of the year: “Stop The Arms Fair”.

Stop The Arms Fair

Emily Apple and Fréa Lockley, along with Canary colleagues Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson, extensively covered the protests against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair this year. As the website for Stop The Arms Fair noted:

DSEI… is the world’s largest arms fair. It allows arms buyers and sellers to network and make deals. It happens once every two years, in the second week in September, at ExCeL – the huge exhibition centre in London Docklands.

The fair is supported by the UK government, and in 2017 direct policing costs were just under £1m. Meanwhile, protests against DSEI have been happening for around 20 years. This year, Canary journalists were constantly reporting from on the ground, witnessing not only the extent of the protests but also the actions of the police.

So, I chatted to them for the #ToppleUncaged podcast. We discussed DSEI, the police presence this year, the global ramifications of this arms fair and what more can be done to combat this nefarious industry.

Listen on iTunes here.

CanaryPod: #ToppleUncaged Special – Stop The Arms Fair show notes:

Presented, produced and edited by Steve Topple.

Sound engineering by Gav Pauze.

Refuse to Kill by Lowkey via Going Underground:

The Rhyming Guide to the Arms Fair by Potent Whisper:

Read The Canary‘s full coverage of Stop The Arms Fair.

Find out more about the campaign.

Read more info on the military industry from Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

Follow on Twitter:

Steve Topple @MrTopple; The Canary @TheCanaryUK; Emily Apple @emilyapple; Fréa Lockley @FreaLockley; Shoal Collective @ShoalCollective; Stop The Arms Fair @StopTheArmsFair; Nicola Jeffery @NicolaCJeffery; Gav Pauze @PauzeRadio; Rai Star Music @rai_star113

Use the hashtags #ToppleUncaged #CanaryPod #StopDSEI

Find out more about Gav Pauze and browse his vinyl store.

Topple Uncaged Theme Music: Lost Souls by Lee Wrizzle.

Featured image via Steve Topple, Maurice – Wikimedia and Stop The Arms Fair

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