The tabloid newspaper is coming under investigation for a recent article that uses the phrase ‘Muslim Problem’.
For anyone with half a brain cell, or even a shred of morality – which is most people BTW, they know that The Sun isn’t exactly a bastion of fair and balanced editorial.
In fact I’m pretty sure most people who read anything published from Rupert Murdoch’s ever-revolving media circus, roll their eyes at some of things they publish, both print and digital.
However it seems that they’re firebrand tactics have gone a step too far now after their print publication published an article that talks about the ‘Muslim Problem’. The article has been likened to Nazi propaganda, which harks back to the very dark phrase ‘The Jewish Problem’. Now Jewish and Islamic groups have issued a joint complaint to the press regulator over the inflammatory piece.
The article was written by The Sun’s former political editor Trevor Kavanagh, who wrote that Britain was engulfed by a ‘Muslim problem’. In the article he writes that the religion of Islam creates this supposed ‘one unspoken fear’ which brings together the UK and the rest of Europe.
However he says this so-called ‘unity’ is ‘suppressed’ due to PC culture. He says the root of the problem began with former Prime Minster Tony Blair and New Labour when they allowed – what in he refers to as – ‘mass migration’.
The firebrand article caused widespread anger within the social media sphere and prompted the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Tell Mama and Faith Matters to send a direct complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso).
The various groups felt that the sentiments expressed in Kavanagh’s article, including the phrase ‘Muslim Problem’ shares a direct parallel with the Nazi’s ‘The Jewish Problem’ propaganda.
The official complaint states that:
The printing of the phrase ‘The Muslim Problem’ – particularly with the capitalisation and italics for emphasis – in a national newspaper sets a dangerous precedent.
And harks back to the use of the phrase ‘The Jewish Problem’ in the last century, to which the Nazis responded with ‘The Final Solution’ – the Holocaust.
According to The Independent the Ipso received 250 complaints regarding the article.
In a statement they said:
As you’ll appreciate, Ipso does not comment on any complaints while they are being assessed.
However, I can confirm that we have had a total of 250 complaints about the piece to which you refer, mostly under Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors’ Code of Practice.
Meanwhile, The Sun's Trevor Kavanagh asks in his column today: "What will we do about the Muslim problem?' https://t.co/1Rb3dhnYKH
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 14, 2017
Representatives for the Board Of Deputies of British Jews, Tell Mama and Faith Members all released statements condemning the article.
A spokesperson Board Of Deputies of British Jews said:
We were horrified to read this in The Sun today, and we feel that it warrants swift condemnation by Ipso, and a prompt retraction and an apology by The Sun. We will not tolerate indiscriminate attacks in the media on any faith community.
A joint statement from Tell Mama and Faith Members stated that:
We stand united with the Jewish community in our condemnation of this outrageous article. Newspapers must take responsibility for peddling hate.
As stated before The Sun’s article has won them no favours on Twitter either with many labeling the article as ‘disgusting’ and ‘Poison’. One Twitter user claimed that Kavanagh was ‘trying to be the new Katie Hopkins’ – no one wants to be that, trust me. Another user pointed out that Britain doesn’t have a ‘Muslim Problem’ but it does have a ‘Murdoch problem’.
Kavangh, who became political editor of The Sun in 1983, currently sits on the Board of Ipso, his membership sparked controversy as it was him that played a major role in The Sun’s infamous reporting of Hillsborough.
Many felt that his membership into Ispo has hampered the organisation’s ‘credibility’.