Rupert Murdoch’s Sun daily nazi-style hatemongering

This video from England says about itself:

Liverpool’s Boycott Of [Rupert Murdoch‘s] The S*n: As Relevant Now As In 1989

13 April 2017

It’s 28 years since Kelvin MacKenzie presented a press agency report sourced from senior members of South Yorkshire Police and Tory MP Irvine Patnick on the front page of The S*n as ‘The Truth’ of what happened at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

The newspaper has been boycotted in Liverpool ever since.

In more recent times, newer campaigns ­– Total Eclipse Of The S*n and Shun The S*n – have pushed for retailers in the city not to sell The S*n, while in February of this year Liverpool FC announced S*n journalists are not welcome in Anfield’s press box or at the Melwood training ground.

Earlier this month, Roger Alton argued in [Conservative weekly] The Spectator that the club’s ban is wrong. Here Gareth Roberts argues the opposite, and says the ban, and the boycott, are as relevant as ever.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Corbyn slams ‘nazi-like’ Islamophobia in the Sun

Thursday 17th August 2017

Labour leader among 108 MPs condemning article on the ‘Muslim problem’

JEREMY CORBYN joined more than 100 MPs in condemning the “nazi-like language” used in a hate-filled Sun newspaper column that called for a “solution” to the “Muslim problem.”

The Labour leader said recent stories published by the right-wing tabloid “incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities,” which is “wrong and dangerous and must be condemned … in the clearest possible terms.”

He was speaking out after Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh suggested it was “acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem.”

Writing about recent sex gang convictions, Mr Kavanagh claimed that “the common denominator is Islam.”

And he concluded his venomous tirade by asking: “What will we do about the Muslim problem then?”

Mr Corbyn said: “With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Britain and neonazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, we must stand in solidarity and unity with all our communities and not let hate divide us.”

A letter initiated by Labour MP Naz Shah and signed by 107 of her parliamentary colleagues called for Sun editor Tony Gallagher to “not only retract the article” but to “strongly consider whether Mr Kavanagh’s brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper.”

The letter said there was “little doubt” that Mr Kavanagh was comparing Muslims to the supposed “Jewish problem” — which led to the genocide of six million people in the nazis’ “Final Solution.”

Before Kavanagh, his ex-Murdoch media colleague, professional racist Katie Hopkins, had already demanded a “final solution” of the “Muslim problem”.

Press freedom campaigners said the publication of the column exposed the toothlessness of print media regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which replaced the Press Complaints Commission in 2014.

Jewish and Muslim groups have complained to the regulator, but they fear it is powerless because the editors’ code offers religious and ethnic groups no protection against discrimination.

Mediawise spokesman Mike Jempson told the Star: “Public shaming of Trevor Kavanagh’s dog whistling in Murdoch’s Sun may be the only way to demonstrate abhorrence of his views.

“He explained that a comment column counts as “freedom of expression” falling outside the terms of the editors’ code, monitored by Ipso.

While it allows individuals who have been identified in news articles to complain about discrimination, there is no protection against generalised comments.

“In other words, complaints about much of the content of Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer [a nazi newspaper] would not be upheld by Ipso if it were being published today.”

Ipso confirmed that it had received 227 complaints about the column.

The National Union of Journalists called on the press watchdog to carry out an immediate investigation into the prevalence of Islamophobia, racism and hatred being espoused in British newspapers following Mr Kavanagh’s article.

27 thoughts on “Rupert Murdoch’s Sun daily nazi-style hatemongering

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  2. Thursday 17th August 2017

    posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

    LABOUR MP Sarah Champion resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary yesterday amid accusations of racism over a recent newspaper article about child abuse.

    She apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” in an article in the Sun last week, in which she wrote: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”

    After she was accused of “fanning the flames of Islamophobia,” Ms Champion initially tried to distance herself from the article, saying it should not have gone out in her name.

    However, the Sun hit back at Ms Champion’s claims that the copy had been altered to strip away the nuances, insisting that the article had been approved by her team.

    In a statement, she said: “I am concerned that my continued position in the shadow cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection I have campaigned on my entire political career.

    “It is therefore with regret I tender my resignation as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities.”

    Ms Champion also claimed in a Radio 4 interview last week that “potential cases of child abuse are not being raised because people fear being labelled racist.”

    The comments were condemned as “irresponsible” by Labour MP Naz Shah, who stated that “90 per cent of child sexual abusers were white men.”

    And the Rotherham MP acknowledged that she was bound to face criticism.

    “The far right will attack me for not doing enough and the floppy left will have a go at me for being a racist,” she told the BBC.

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I have accepted Sarah Champion’s resignation and thank her for her work in the shadow cabinet. I look forward to working together in the future.”


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  4. Friday 18th August 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    DOES Communities Secretary Sajid Javid believe that his ethnic origin gives him a free pass to pretend that Jeremy Corbyn’s acceptance of Sarah Champion’s resignation amounts to a gag on discussion of child abuse?

    Child abuse is an abominable crime that must be tackled much more effectively, but it is not the province of one community.

    Nor is it acceptable to tar “British Pakistani men” as having a particular proclivity for “raping and exploiting white girls,” as Champion asserted in her notorious Sun article.

    High-visibility trials have taken place across the country where networks of mainly south Asian men have preyed on under-age girls, grooming, raping and further exploiting them.

    Where the authorities have learned from previous justice failures to listen to the young victims and act accordingly, convictions and appropriate prison sentences have followed.

    This is not an occasion for self-congratulation, but it is a straw in the wind to indicate greater awareness of a scourge endemic in all communities.

    Compartmentalising this crime and portraying it as a speciality of British Pakistani men is not only dishonest but betokens another insidious and sinister agenda.

    That agenda resurfaced immediately after Champion’s ill-advised piece in Rupert Murdoch’s gutter rag when its columnist Trevor Kavanagh rushed to support her, asserting: “Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem.”

    He concluded by asking Sun readers: “What will we do about The Muslim Problem,” posing the issue in a manner redolent of 1930s Germany or the Russian empire decades earlier.

    Bradford West MP Naz Shah’s response in nailing the threat implicit in the Sun comment and organising a letter signed by over 100 MPs from several parties, backed strongly by Corbyn, was both timely and relevant.

    She pointed out that, unfortunately, “there is no community where men don’t rape girls and we must face up to it,” noting that nearly 90 per cent of child abusers are white men.

    When “celebrities” Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris and their ilk are arraigned for sexual crimes, neither their racial origin nor their religion is mentioned.

    Politicians and the mass media accept that these men have committed vile deeds and must be punished, but their crimes are judged as their personal responsibilities and not reflective of their background or community.

    Yet we are told that the common denominator of British-born rapists of Iraqi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian and Turkish roots is “Islam.”

    Since when did Islam call on believers to supply alcohol and drugs to children and force them into sexual activity? Are we to believe that the large numbers of Christian clerics who abused children also did so because of a shared religion?

    It is a nonsensical suggestion that serves a nefarious Islamophobic agenda, as does the baseless claim that grooming and abuse by south Asians was ignored by police because of some variant of “political correctness.”

    Police failure to take victims’ complaints seriously owed more to disregard for vulnerable working-class girls and contempt for what the authorities viewed as a lifestyle choice rather than a particular form of exploitation and domination.

    Champion’s commitment to fighting child abuse ought to have guided her away from Sun-style sensationalism. Her judgement let her down. She had to resign. She was also wrong to write in Murdoch’s rag.

    All Labour MPs must understand post-Hillsborough, Orgreave and several lying campaigns against their party and its leader that the Sun is no friend of the labour movement.


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  6. Tuesday 29th August 2017

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    XENOPHOBIC newspaper The Sun has come under fi re for a racist article it published attacking Muslims.

    The Sun’s political editor Trevor Kavanagh railed about “the Muslim problem” in a piece for the Murdoch rag on August 13 — reminiscent of nazi propaganda about a “Jewish problem” which culminated in the extermination of six million Jewish people. In the article, he blamed Muslims for the “wave of rape and other sex crimes” across Europe.

    The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for an investigation by press regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) into the latest anti-Muslim diatribe — and the racism regularly promoted by other sections of the national daily press.

    Campaign group Global Justice Now, along with Muslim and Jewish organisations, have joined the call for an inquiry and have set up an online petition.

    A widespread boycott of The Sun exists already across Merseyside for its appalling coverage of the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in Sheffield in 1989, when 96 Liverpool football fans were killed in a crush. The paper blamed Liverpool fans for the disaster and even accused them of stealing from the dead and urinating on police officers.

    NUJ ethics council chairman Chris Frost said: “IPSO should launch an immediate investigation into the prevalence of Islamophobia, racism and hatred espoused in the press. IPSO claims to be set apart from its predecessor, the Press Complaints Commission, because it can run investigations and do monitoring — now is the time to prove it.”

    Mr Kavanagh is a member of IPSO’s governing board.

    Global Justice Now has called for his resignation so that the regulator can hold “an effective, unbiased inquiry.”


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