Open letter to Daily Star owner and editor
OPEN LETTER To Richard Desmond, owner, and Dawn Neeson, editor, The Daily Star Dear Sir and Madam, In the past month you have published a series of highly inflammatory stories about Muslims, including: • 'BBC puts Muslims above YOU' (Oct 16) • 'Killjoys ban white Xmas' (Nov 3) • 'Poppies banned in terror hotspots: Muslim snub to forces' (Nov 6) • 'Vile hate preacher insults our poppies' (Nov 7) • 'Muslim nutters still preaching hate on our streets' (Nov 11) These headlines and the stories that go with them twist flimsy and misleading "evidence" to pander to ignorance and prejudice against Muslims. They do not inform Daily Star readers – on the contrary, they encourage racist stereotyping and contempt. Your "facts" are highly selective, you make little attempt to give context or comparisons, and you publish no opposing views. Your own staff have protested at the pressure you place on them to run such stories. We appeal to you to stop publishing misinformation and distortions. We ask you to respect the right of your staff to decline to work on material they believe breaks the NUJ Code of Conduct. We invite you to publicly debate your coverage of Muslims with an NUJ official and representatives of the Muslim community.