Miami - The Daily Mail: “Welcome to East London: Muslim gang slashes tyres of immigration-raid van before officers showered with eggs from high-rise.”
Miami – The Daily Mail: “Welcome to East London: Muslim gang slashes tyres of immigration-raid van before officers showered with eggs from high-rise.”
This is the title that caused a stir on July 25th, when the British Daily Mail posted unverified information and also omitted the “A” before ‘Muslim gang’ from its electronic version.
The way the article read immediately pushed the wrong buttons with the Muslim community who felt the article was “Islamophobic”.
According to Oumma.com, on July 30th Daily Mail’s Director offered written excuses to the Muslim community for the error and the alleged “incendiary and islamophobic” tone of the article.
Yet, the apologies only came after Miqdad Versi, a management consultant denounced the article by sending a complaint letter to the Daily Mail. He also received an apologetic note for the incident.
The Daily Mail has defended itself by saying, “the article is not completely inaccurate or insidious”.
However, in the article in question an eye-witness is quoted saying, “I think they were local Muslims hoodies just doing a prank, but it’s not funny”. Journalism cannot be condoned by using unconfirmed sources, especially when they have the capacity to be offensive to an entire community.
Let’s not forget the UK has a strong Muslim community of 2.8 million people.