A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Blamed an increase in hate speech and racist violence against Muslims in the UK on the press. The European Union bureaucrats demanded that the British government clamp down on freedom of the press and force the UK media to refrain from identifying terrorists as Muslims. Here’s the story from Express UK:
The report lays into the British press and urges the government to “give more rigorous training” to reporters.
In the 83-page report, the Commission said: “ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fuelling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.
“…where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations.”
Response: So basically the European Commission suggests that the government force the media to ‘lie’ about any Muslim background or Islamist motives of the terrorists and find some kind of ‘alternative explanations.’ For their part, the new UK government rejected the European demands:
“The (UK) Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.”
In America, the main stream media seems to have already voluntarily put in place something similar to what the European Commission is suggesting. The press in this country seems to suspend all references to any obvious Muslim motivations for terrorists until alternative sources of news on the internet force them to deal with it.
One does wonder if the current administration informally suggested this tact since it seems to be adhered to so completely all across America both by the media and by law enforcement officials. For an example, see this previous post. *Top