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UK Journo Suggests Penalties for Press Coverage That ‘Demonizes’ Muslims

Mehdi Hasan, the political director of Huffington Post UK, said at a recent event that press organizations should be penalized for grossly misleading or inaccurate coverage of Muslims. Hasan was sharing his frustrations, according to The Guardian, with the “negative, mad, crazy, over the top, dishonest, demonising press coverage” of Muslims.

And he honestly believes that some of this coverage is so dangerous, that news outlets that continue to perpetuate it should be penalized. “We’re not going to get change unless there is some sanction, there is some penalty,” he said, “This is not just about Muslims; it is about all minorities.”

This story about Hasan’s comments ran just a few days ago and has gotten some attention on social media in the intervening time (some constructive, some… not so much):

There was one response Hasan found uniquely troubling, and called attention to it:

For his part, Hasan did issue a follow-up statement to The Guardian clarifying his position:

“I’m all in favour of free speech and the robust criticism of all religious beliefs. But it’s the made-up stories and the smearing of individuals and whole communities that I have an issue with. ‘Why isn’t anti-Muslim bigotry as unacceptable in the press as anti-Jewish bigotry?’ That’s the question that needs answering.”

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