UK tabloid censured over survey on Muslims’ support for Islamic State

(From AFP)

Britain’s press regulator censured Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun tabloid for a “significantly misleading” story claiming one in five British Muslims ‘sympathise with jihadist fighters’.

The Sun claimed an exclusive poll revealed "1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy for jihadis"

The Sun claimed an exclusive poll revealed “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis”

The ruling on the front-page story from November comes amid heightened community tensions following the Brussels attacks this week claimed by the Islamic State (IS) which left at least 31 people dead.

The mass-selling daily claimed an exclusive poll revealed “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis”, and published a picture of Mohammed Emwazi, the British IS executioner known as Jihadi John, alongside the shock headline.

The story generated more than 3,000 complaints to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), most of them challenging the coverage on the grounds of accuracy.

A graph inside the paper clarified that 5% of those surveyed had a lot of sympathy, 14% had some sympathy and 71% had no sympathy with “young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria.” Read More



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