One of the achievements anti-Muslim “journalist” Andrew Gilligan will be able to frame in his house will be “Greatest Proliferator of Lies”. When it comes to turning up the heat and smearing members of the Muslim minority, perhaps at the behest of neoconservatives, Gilligan is the go-to man for desperate “connections”, half-baked claims and in some cases, utter lies.
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog piece on the neoconservative campaign to undermine the fight against the draconian, widely lambasted PREVENT counter-extremism policy. Gilligan’s article was exposed for having number of number outlandish claims. One of the cases which was being circulated in the media to demonstrate the impact of PREVENT was the “eco-terrorisme” case. Gilligan claimed that the mother of child who had been referred via PREVENT, Ifhat Smith, was linked to campaign group Prevent Watch, and the Ennadha, which Gilligan explained was the Tunisian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
After investigations at that time, I confirmed that,
“…the claim the “mother is an activist in the Prevent Watch campaign” is fabricated.”
I was however, unable to confirm the Muslim Brotherhood connection. The Telegraph has now confirmed that Gilligan indeed is a liar via an apology, stating,
“We wish to make clear that Mrs Smith is not a member of or affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood or an Islamic extremist and that in fact her complaint over her son’s treatment was brought in good faith. We apologise to Mrs Smith for any contrary impression and for the distress the article, and our editorial, caused her; we have agreed to pay her appropriate compensation accordingly.”
Gilligan seems to be a mercenary-journalist whose reputation for churning out fabrications continues to blight the papers he works for. All the more appropriate then, that he has now joined the hot-bed for neoconservative loons alongside Michael Gove at the Times.
The growing archive of lies, spin and distortion which makes up the anti-Muslim journalism of Andrew Gilligan has been updated. The collection of links can be accessed here.