Europe DEMANDS British Press NOT To Reveal If Terrorists Are Muslims Because It’s ‘Islamophobic’
According to the report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), hate speech and racist violence in the UK has increased from 2009 to March 2016.
“It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians,” says ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund.
There are 23 recommendations to Theresa May’s Government for changes to criminal law, the freedom of the press, crime reporting and equality law.
Even though there isn’t an analyzing coverage in the report about the historic Brexit vote, Mr Ahlund saw fit to comment on the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
He said: “The Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment, making it even more important that the British authorities take the steps outlined in our report as a matter of priority.”
The report urges the government to “give more rigorous training” to reporters.
“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. In this context, it draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that 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,” reads a part of the 83-page report written by the Commission.
Although there is a creation of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) in 2014 as an independent regulator for newspapers and magazines, the “ECRI strongly recommends that the authorities find a way to establish an independent press regulator according to the recommendations set out in the Leveson Report. It recommends more rigorous training for journalists to ensure better compliance with ethical standards.”