The report, drawn up by the Council of Europe’s human rights watchdog, blamed the recent increase in racism in the UK on the ‘worrying examples of hate speech in the newspapers’.
European human rights chiefs order the British press NOT to reveal when terrorists are Muslims in crackdown on freedom of speech
- Report out from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
- Blames increase in hate crimes and racism in UK on the ‘worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in newspapers’
- Claims Islamophobia rises when media reports when terrorists are Muslim
European human rights chiefs have told the British press it must not report when terrorists are Muslim.
The recommendations came as part of a list of 23 meddling demands to Theresa May’s government on how to run the media in an alarming threat to freedom speech.
The report, drawn up by the Council of Europe’s human rights watchdog, blamed the 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’, although the research was done before the EU referendum campaign had even begun.
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.
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.’