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24 April 2018updated 24 Jun 2021 12:22pm

The Sun’s managing editor says Islamophobia “isn’t an issue in the mainstream media”

Never let facts get in the way of a good story.

By Media Mole

At the Home Affairs select committee, The Sun’s managing editor Paul Clarkson was asked about Islamophobia. His response?

“In the media, in the mainstream media I don’t believe it is an issue.”

This was after the new Express editor-in-chief Gary Jones admitted some of the publication’s stories had contributed to an “Islamophobic sentiment” within the media.

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Your mole wonders whether Paul Clarkson either doesn’t read The Sun, or sees one of the most-read papers in the country as outside the “mainstream media” – because The Sun has been accused multiple times of Islamophobic coverage.

Last August, more than 100 MPs signed a letter of protest over an opinion piece in which columnist Trevor Kavanagh said Britain had to tackle a “Muslim Problem”. And the paper had to run a correction after its infamous 2015 front page: “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis”.

It also had to clarify a story in June 2016 when it implied officials had determined a train crash had been caused by a fasting Muslim train driver (it hadn’t), and in the same year had to make clear “Islam as a religion does no support so-called ‘honour killings’”, after it ran a story referring to an “Islamic honour attack”.

Perhaps Clarkson missed these stories, or is, as ever, not letting facts get in the way.