HuffPo political director calls for sanctions on newspapers reporting 'misrepresentations' on Islam and Muslims in UK
Misrepresentative portrayals of Muslims and other minorities will not stop unless newspapers are threatened with sanctions, Mehdi Hasan said yesterday.
The columnist and political director of the Huffington Post UK said the press has proven “singularly unable or unwilling to change the discourse, the tone or the approach” towards Muslims, immigrants and asylum seekers.
Hasan, who was speaking in a personal capacity at a media industry event hosted by Mindshare UK, said: “We’re not going to get change unless there is some sanction, there is some penalty. This is not just about Muslims; it is about all minorities.”
Right, but I wonder how concerned Hasan is about the Koran’s portrayal of Jews as apes and pigs?
Donna Rachel Edmunds of Breitbart notes that Hasan seems to have flexible, shall we say, standards:
During an appearance on BBC’s Question Time last year, in which the Daily Mail’s attack on Ralph Miliband, father of Labour leader Ed Miliband was discussed, Hasan said “Who hates Britain more? It isn’t a dead Jewish refugee from Belgium who served in the Royal Navy, it’s the immigrant-bashing, woman-hating, Muslim-smearing, NHS-undermining, gay-baiting Daily Mail.”
Yet the Mail promptly revealed that just three years earlier, Hasan had written to their editor asking for a job. He wrote “I’m very keen to write for the Daily Mail. … I have always admired the paper’s passion, rigour, boldness and, of course, news values. … I admire your relentless focus on the need for integrity and morality in public life, and your outspoken defence of faith… I am also attracted by the Mail’s social conservatism on issues like marriage, the family, abortion and teenage pregnancies.”