The Daily Mail was forced to apologise to the leader of the NUS today over claims it made about her in an article earlier this year.
The Mail article in June implied NUS President Malia Bouattia harboured sympathies for ISIS with her past comments.
But the Mail was forced to ‘clarify’ its article today:
A headline on an article published on 16 June 2016 said that Malia Bouattia claimed that young Muslims are travelling to join ISIS in Syria due to cuts to education. It also said that Ms Bouattia has refused to condemn ISIS. The correct position is that Ms Bouattia claimed that young Muslims were travelling to join ISIS in Syria for reasons including Government cuts to education and mass unemployment, and Ms Bouattia has condemned ISIS.
The article also said that Ms Bouattia’s comments were condemned by ‘student groups’. In fact, only one group was reported to have publicly condemned the comments. The group was Student Rights, who aim ‘to protect the rights and freedoms of all students’. We are happy to clarify these points and apologise for any confusion caused.
Another day, another Mail story gone awry…