Board complains to press watchdog over Sun’s ‘Muslim Problem’ article

Critics object to the 'dangerous' use of the phrase 'The Muslim Problem'


The Board of Deputies has filed a joint complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation about a “dangerous” article in the Sun which referred to “The Muslim Problem”.

A spokesman for the Board, which lodged the complaint with Tell Mama, a Muslim organisation, and the interfaith group Faith Matters, said: “We were horrified to read this”.

The article by veteran political commentator Trevor Kavanagh, which appeared yesterday, spoke of Britain’s need to control immigration.

Claiming that the British authorities had long disregarded “Muslim sex crimes”, he ended, “What will we do about The Muslim Problem then”.

The complaint to Ipso stated: “The printing of the phrase ‘The Muslim Problem’ - particularly with the capitalisation and italics for emphasis - in a national newspaper sets a dangerous precedent, and harks back to the use of the phrase ‘The Jewish Problem’ in the last century, to which the Nazis responded with ‘The Final Solution’ - the Holocaust.”

The Board's spokesman said: “We feel that it warrants swift condemnation by Ipso, and a prompt retraction and an apology by the Sun. We will not tolerate indiscriminate attacks in the media on any faith community.”

The Sun has been contacted for comment.

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