Europe’s human rights watchdog, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), has ordered the UK government to censor the identity of terrorists when they are Muslims.
ECRI blamed a recent increase in hate crimes and racism in the UK on the “worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.”
The suggestions sent to Downing Street urging the UK Government to reform criminal law and freedom of the press and in a brutal criticism of the British press, the report recommends ministers ‘give more rigorous training’ to journalists.
Part of that “training” is that British media be barred from reporting the Muslim background of terrorists.
But UK ministers firmly rebutted the remarkable demands, telling the body: ‘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.’
ECRI claims the discussions about immigration had caused an increase in xenophobia.
The 83-page report states: ‘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 favour of alternative explanations.’
And it comes after multiple terror atrocities by Muslim extremists across Paris, Brussels, Munich and other German cities over the last year.
Over the same period, there have been no major terror attacks in Britain.
Based on the fact there have been multiple terrorist attacks by radical Islamist, there has not been an “increase in xenophobia” The definition of xenophobia is “intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.” When one considers the attacks on her neighbors, the fear in Great Britain is not irrational.
Let’s face it, It’s bad enough when big government from one’s own country is establishing too much control over people’s lives. It’s much worse when an international panel of unelected bureaucrats assumes the role of PC police. Thankfully, Theresa May’s government told ECRI:
The [British] 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.
And consider this: What if the order to control the media came from the U.N. Human Rights Commission instead of the ECRI? And imagine that the recipient of that directive were the U.S., not Britain. We know that Barack Obama would click his heels and dutifully salute, but which of his putative replacements in the Oval Office would be the most likely to act the same way?
Cross-posted at The Lid