The Daily Mail today reports on the court appearance of a man who was arrested in June 2016 for allegedly posting what were described as “extreme” Islamophobic, right wing and anti-Semitic posts on social media.
Sean Creighton, 44, was arrested in a joint operation by Scotland Yard’s Crime Disruption Unit, within the force’s Counter Terrorism Command, and the Territorial Support Group earlier this year.
He appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court where he was charged with four counts of publishing or distributing written material that could stoke racial hatred; three similar counts relating to material that could stir up hatred of religion or sexual orientation.
One count of collecting information likely to be useful to a person committing an act of terror; and one count of possessing written material likely to stir up religious hatred with a view to distribution and another relating to racist material. He denied all charges and was remanded into custody by Senior District Judge Howard Riddle and is due to appear before the Old Bailey on 19 September.
According to the Daily Mail, Creighton allegedly posted an image of Adolf Hitler along with the message “kill the Muslims” on a social media platform.
He is alleged to have possessed a copy of the “White Resistance Manual 2.4” which is said to contain details of improvised weapons and explosives.
Other allegations include posting an “image of a gun alongside a swastika and the words ‘Jews prepare to die’”, posting “an image of an injured man alongside words intended to stir hatred of sexual orientation as well as a cartoon of a head in a noose”; “possessing stickers from Combat 18, with the text ‘sink the refugee boats!’” and to have “possessed a badge with ‘burn your local mosque’ written on it.”
What is remarkable about the story is how mute press coverage about it is. The Daily Mail featured the story on its homepage yesterday but it is no longer available on the site’s homepage. There doesn’t appear to be any coverage of the story on other news outlets. Had the perpetrator been a Muslim charged with terrorism-related offences and charges of stirring up racial or homophobic hatred, would press coverage look markedly different? Quite probably.
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