Richard Desmond’s Daily Star champions the EDL

Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City University, writes a must read media blog for the Guardian.  

Today, Greenslade takes a look at how Richard Desmond’s paper the Daily Star has been busy legitimising the viciously anti-Islamic group, the English Defence League. Greenslade says that Desmond’s paper did not produce a news item but instead:

“…a clear piece of propaganda on behalf of the EDL…The story cannot be read as anything other than a cheer-leading, uncritical piece on behalf of the EDL. Triumphalist in tone throughout, it required no between-the-lines deconstruction to grasp its intention – to build support for the group among its readers.”

Greenslade ends his blog by issuing a very important warning to Richard Desmond whose papers the Daily Express and the Daily Star have been busy producing copious amounts of very bigoted anti-Muslim propaganda in recent years:

“Desmond ought to think very carefully about letting the Star use far right politics to build sales. As a Jew, he may well have negative views of Muslims. But, as a Jew, he should also remember what happened in those societies across Europe in the 1930s where Jewish minorities were demonised in the media for their religious beliefs.”

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2 Responses to Richard Desmond’s Daily Star champions the EDL

  1. paxi christi says:

    “This cartoon is complete bullqq, but the EDL will never stop you from publishing it. We will never threaten the life of the cartoonist. We will never burn embassies or hold murderous riots.

    We will defend your right to publish these cartoons, no matter how offensive they are, because we are civilized people and we believe in democracy and freedom.”

    keep the faith

    paxi 🙂

  2. Pingback: Britse perswaakhond: Leveson Inquiry: 'Daily Star had anti-Muslim agenda' - Maroc.NL Forums

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