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Former Daily Star reporter ridicules claims paper is not anti-Muslim

A former Daily Star reporter has ridiculed the tabloid’s claims that it is not anti-Muslim. Speaking at the Leveson Inquiry, Richard Peppiat, who quit the paper in March over its frequent Islamophobic hysteria, echoed Ian Hislop’s famous remarks on the steps of the High Court in 1989, saying of the Star’s claim it is not anti-Muslim:

“It’s like being presented with an apple and swearing blind it’s a banana”

He’s not wrong:

  • One front page appearing to welcome claims that the EDL would become a political party was accompanied by a picture of a Muslim man holding provocative signage.
  • In a subsequent article, “EDL to go political“, the Star claimed the far right group planned to field candidates in national and regional elections.
  • The paper apologised after a PPC investigation found a front page claiming a council had wasted “YOUR money” on squat-hole toilets was a fabrication.
  • With Auntie ever-popular in Star editorials, they claimed that “BBC puts Muslims before you”.
  • In 2010, the paper published a study claiming that “98% of readers fear Britain is becoming a Muslim state”.
  • And lest we forget, in 2006 the editorial team came within hours of publishing an edition titled “The Daily Fatwa”, only for staff to revolt at the last minute.

Despite the wealth of evidence to the contrary, following Peppiat’s resignation bigwigs at the Star released this statement:

“For the record, the Daily Star editorial policy does not hold any negativity towards Islam and the paper has never, and does not endorse, the EDL.”

They certainly have an interesting way of showing it.

“Bullying campaign” against Daily Star whistleblower

For a newspaper with such a good track record for investigating claims of bullying, the Daily Star may have missed a scoop right under its nose this week–in its very own newsroom.

The Guardian has more than suggested Mr Desmond’s hacks could be carrying out their own hate campaign against a former reporter turned whistleblower, Richard Peppiatt:

Peppiatt contacted police on Monday after he claimed to have received more than 30 abusive texts, emails and silent calls. He alleges they included warnings such as: “I am going to meet u now, pepps” and “you’re nowe a marked man till the day you die – Oh dear”. Another said: “we are planning a kiss n’ tell on you”.

The article makes clear that several  of the texts made references to conversations he had made using a Daily Star email account, while other anonymous texts made reference to his voicemail account, which looks as though it may have been hacked.

We look forward to Mr Desmond’s thorough investigation.



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