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19 June 2017

Look who’s preaching hate – how the right-wing press stirs up Islamophobia

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By media mole

As the Prime Minister condemns a “sickening” terror attack on Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in north London, your mole has turned to its favourite source of news – the right-wing tabloids.

Unsurprisingly unable to deal with the idea that non-white people could ever be terror victims, The Sun very pointedly referred to the van collision as a “revenge attack”, implicitly linking those leaving a post-fast Ramadan meal to those who carried out atrocities in London and Manchester. 

The Mail appeared to be trying a similar trick, referring to the Finsbury Park mosque as where “hate cleric Abu Hamza once preached” – before seemingly coming to their senses and changing the headline:

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It not only attempted to turn a tragedy affecting innocent people into an attack on a hate preacher, it was also inaccurate – the incident was outside the Muslim Welfare House, not the nearby Finsbury Park mosque where Abu Hamza once preached.

And anyway, your mole would argue that’s not the only radical preaching the UK should be worried about…

Talk about the enemy within.