Congratulations to the Muslim advocacy group MEND for complaining to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) about last year’s appalling headline in The Sun and getting their complaint upheld today. The official IPSO ruling about the MEND complaint can be read here.
On 23 Nov 2015, The Sun printed a front page story in which they claimed that a poll they had commissioned found that:
“…nearly one in five British Muslims has some sympathy with those who had fled the UK to fight for IS [so-called Islamic State] in Syria.”
The Sun’s story was clearly bogus and designed to stir up incitement against British Muslims.
The Sun has been forced to print IPSO’s ruling today – it appears on page 2 and can be read in full here.
IPSO is still not a press regulator with teeth though. The original Sun headline appeared on the front page. IPSO should have insisted that The Sun’s apology was printed on the front page too.
[Btw, you were all looking at The Sun headline in the above pic, and not the top right hand corner, right?]