The Sun is not exactly a paper reputed for its unbiased reporting. Rather, it has been a vehicle for the propagation of neocon policy. Take, for instance, the odd counter-extremism campaigns by Sara Khan and Inspire, that did more to damage the credibility of the counter-extremism industry given the paper’s stature as the bastion of anti-Muslim hate and hyperbole.
A recent report, however, evidenced some peculiar PREVENT politics.
In 1946, Julius Striecher, editor-in-chief of the anti-Semitic tabloid newspaper Der Stürmer, was convicted by International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. According to the Tribunal,
“Striecher’s incitement to murder and extermination at the time when Jews in the East were being killed under the most horrible conditions clearly constitutes persecution on political and racial ground in connection with war crimes… and constitutes a crime against humanity”.
What was crucial was the timing: at a time a minority was being persecuted, Der Stürmer was inciting hatred and murder. Their material accentuated and promoted stereotypes, myths and denigration of Jewish tradition, all aimed at demonising and dehumanising Jews.
The modern, slightly more tempered, right-wing British equivalents are the Daily Mail and the Sun. In April of this year, the Sun was slammed by UN’s human rights chief for publishing the bigoted Katie Hopkins column calling refugees “cockroaches” echoing the language used by Nazis and those behind the Rwandan genocide. The Daily Mail went a step further and published a cartoon depicting refugees, caricaturising Arab/Muslim features and showing them alongside rats.
Sara Khan’s credentials have taken a battering with her latest attempts at “tackling extremism”. Her links with Quilliam illuminaries and her endorsement of all things reformationist, have completely ruined her credibility amongst the mainstream Islamic community. Much can be written about Sara Khan and her organisation, Inspire. And I mean a lot. Her reformationist outlook which spills into marginalising (and here) the mainstream within the Muslim minority who uphold an alternate view to her, the endless “news” on ISIS and “extremism” in the news section, but complete silence on the issue of Gaza (and the comparative inactivity and inaction against the Zionist state of Israel – a possible factor in “radicalisation”), support from devolved reformationists like Usama Hasan and of course, how can we forget the Trojan Hoax plot – her diatribe recycles the lies and twists and even positively cites discredited anti-Muslim Andrew Gilligan. And that’s just a superficial anlaysis of her “work”.
Her latest charade involves her “Making a Stand” against ISIS, with the full support of David Cameron and Theresa May, both “extremists” using the PREVENT defintion and both of whom want to scrap the Human Rights Act to the rebuke of more reputable human rights organisations. No campaigns against them Sara? Continue reading