On November 15th British populist news outlet Politicalite published an article titled: “Opinion: If We Want To Stop Child Abuse, We Need To BAN Immigration From Pakistan.” The piece was authored by Councillor Ryan Macpherson, who is an independent councillor on Ashford Borough Council in Kent. The article focusses on child abuse in Pakistan, mainly of street children, and claims that due to high levels of child abuse in the country, Pakistani’s (mainly men) should not be allowed into the UK. The article has both xenophobic and Islamophobic undertones.
Last month, Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle came under fire for an article titled, Chip in and we’ll help Choudary on his way to Paradise—a commentary on British radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary that reads more like an Islamophobic rant than a column in a reputable newspaper.
From Facebook groups mocking the Holocaust to false claims between Muslim immigrants and antisemitic attacks, these October highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
In expressing his commitment to combat pedophilia, British Home Secretary put unnecessary emphasis on the descent of the perpetrators, thus risking stigmatising a whole community rather than just the culprits. This is Britain's media monitoring highlight for October.
Rod Liddle wrote a column for British newspaper The Sunday Times discussing the recent release of Anjem Choudary, who was in prison for inviting support for the Islamic State. In the piece, Liddle urges “British Islamists” to “blow themselves up – somewhere a decent distance away from where the rest of us live. Tower Hamlets, for example.” Tower Hamlets is one of the UK’s most diverse boroughs, with an estimated 38% of Muslim residents and an established Bangladeshi community.
After a Scout master was fired for his Islamophobic remarks, the Daily Mail gave him a platform to share his hateful views, and painted him in a positive light. This is the UK's media monitoring highlight for September 2018.
Richard Dawkins tweeted a comparison between the Christian and the Muslim calls to prayer, the Church bells and the Adhan, calling one “nice” and the other “aggressive”. We felt this was more of an prejudiced view about Islam than a detailed auditory analysis. You can read the full article here.
On 5th August 2018, the popular British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published an op-ed about Denmark’s Burqa Ban by the former British Foreign Secretary [Foreign Affairs Minister] Boris Johnson. In the article, Johnson uses Islamophobic language that calls women who wear the burqa “ridiculous” and compares them to “letter boxes” and “bank robber[s]”. He has been widely criticised for this and told to apologise by his own Conservative party.
A Daily Mail non-Muslim columnist recounts her experience of wearing a burka for a week and uses it to dehumanise full-face veiled women.This is our UK's media monitoring highlight for August 2018