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Galloway Calls Mumbai Reporting Reckless

Remember Saddam Hussein’s paid stooge George Galloway?

Well, he is still pitching — and for the same team.

Here is the latest press release from his (laughably named) Respect Party:

Galloway calls for watchdog inquiry into reckless reporting of Mumbai atrocity

Respect MP George Galloway and the party’s leader, Cllr Salma Yaqoob, have today called for an urgent investigation by the Press Complaints Commission into “reckless, inaccurate and inflammatory” claims by several newspapers about the provenance of the gunmen who were responsible for the atrocities in Mumbai, India, last week.

“In the midst of the unfolding tragedy in Mumbai,” says Galloway, “A large section of the British press disgraced itself by publishing as fact the baseless claim that some of the terrorists responsible hailed from Britain.

“On Saturday morning [29 November] the Times, Telegraph, Sun, Mirror, Express and Star all prominently reported at least some of the terrorists were British Pakistanis. The number was reported as between two and seven, and the cities they were said to hail from were variously Bradford, Leeds and Hartlepool.

“But on that same day the British government and its agencies strongly rejected any claim that British nationals were responsible. So too have the Indian authorities.

“The press, however, has cast a pall of suspicion over the Pakistani populations of these three cities. Potentially most damaging is the impact on Hartlepool. The Asian, and Pakistani, population there is very small. They have been made more vulnerable still by reckless claims that someone from their midst was part of committing this atrocity.

“Predictably, there was no apology of correction on these titles’ websites or in their sister publications. So Salma Yaqoob and I have written today to the Press Complaints Commission asking them to investigate as a matter of urgency this flagrant breach of clause one of their code of practice, on accuracy.”

Salma Yaqoob (with Mr. Galloway in the photo above), who comes from Bradford and is a councillor in Birmingham, adds:

“Incendiary reporting like this threatens to bring deeper division and mistrust between the varied parts of our community. It has made British Pakistanis in places such as Bradford feel vulnerable and scapegoated. The world is rightly calling for the Indian and Pakistani governments to tread carefully in their response to this terrorist attack. If it’s right not to inflame feelings and communal hatred in the sub-continent, then it’s surely right for the British media not to do the same at home.”


Below are the grounds in the PCC code for complaint.

i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.

ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.

iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

How long will it be before we have a “Press Complaints Commission.”

Not that there is any danger of our watchdog media doing any incendiary reports about Muslim terrorists.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Galloway Calls Mumbai Reporting Reckless”

  1. BillK says:

    If you want irresponsible reporting, several sources have noted that the terrorists knew exactly what was coming and when as the Indian news agencies carried live video of the tactical assaults by law enforcement.

    Who needs to post lookouts when you can just watch the live coverage instead?

    Is there any doubt that if the 9/11 terrorists had, say taken WTC hostage instead, CNN and the networks would have gone live with any attempts by military strike teams to rescue them?

  2. GuppyNblue says:

    I wonder if there are any Muslim publications that Galloway might look into. Are their facts straight and do they avoid incendiary reporting? The double standards in the U.S. will evolve the same way until they become two sets of laws.

    Galloway is a lot like our Reid on the other thread. Little men, twisted by evil and clearly driven by it. They will arrest someone for loyalty but at the same time flaunt their own treason. If only the average Brit (or American) truly knew the alien garbage they elect to office. One thing that should clue them in is that when someone like us (maybe a Sarah Palin) starts to climb the political ladder, the left and their media find it outrageous.

  3. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Thank God he didn’t call those 10 terrorists reckless. He might have offended them and hurt their feelings!

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