A European human rights organization recently released a report citing the increase in hate speech and racial violence that has led to an order demanding the British press not reveal when a terrorist is a Muslim.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited the United Kingdom last year to gather evidence for their 83-page report that offered 23 recommendations advising changes in criminal law, freedom of the press, crime reporting and equality law in the UK.
Christian Ahlund, the ECRI Chair, blamed the press for the increase in anti-foreigner sentiments saying, “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.”
Ahlund went on to blame the increase in hate speech on the recent historic Brexit claiming the referendum has led to “a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment” that has made this denial of press a “matter of priority”.
The Commission said in the report, “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 favor of alternative explanations.”
As the UK prepares to leave the crumbling bloc, the government has stepped up to defend the freedom of speech of the press and the people. In a written statement to the ECRI, they replied, “The 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.”
The ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe that is composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and racial discrimination. However, they seem to be forgetting the human rights of the citizens for which they should be concerned.
H/T [Jihad Watch]