MPACUK caught out

July 10, 2008 01:00

Fascinating. MPACUK, an extremist Muslim group, appears to have been caught red handed in an outright lie:

Could it really be true that the most respectable of UK media organizations, including the Society of Editors and Associated Newspapers, owners of the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, were sponsoring the web site of MPACUK, an extremist Muslim campaign group run by a tiny and wholly unrepresentative group of radical activists? MPACUK, with its well documented track record of publishing anti-semitic propaganda with images taken from neo-Nazi web sites?
The logo is that of the Journalism Diversity Fund, a worthy venture which funds young journalists from ethnic minority and underprivileged backgrounds which are under-represented in the press corps to get onto courses and traineeships which will help them establish careers in journalism.
This morning's MPACUK web site carries their logo under the caption: Our sponsors/advertisers.

...So I emailed the Journalism Diversity fund to ask if they were indeed funding MPACUK at any level, whether advertising or funding a trainee from MPACUK or to do an internship with them.

Back came a response within half an hour. It was from the JDF administrator, who wrote:
I have never heard of the website you mentioned. It looks like this organisation has copied the info from the Journalism Diversity Fund website and pasted it into their own website.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

I wonder how long the JDF logo will stay on the MPACUK web site? I've taken a screen shot of the logo up on the site, and I hope to upload it before long.

It's 12.45 and I've just looked - the logo is still up on MPACUK's site.

July 10, 2008 01:00

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