The S*n’s Trevor Kavanagh has been cleared of hate speech accusations over ‘Nazi language’ he used about Muslims:
Kavanagh was cleared by IPSO, the supposed Independent Press Standards Organisation – of which he is a board member. Muslim and Jewish groups have reacted furiously over the ‘whitewash’ of language chillingly similar to that used by the Nazis about Jewish people.
IPSO has been called a sham set up to create ‘the illusion of reform‘ and does not comply with the Leveson recommendations for press regulation. It recently rejected a complaint by the SKWAWKBOX’s editor about false allegations made in right-wing publications that also have current or recent members of IPSO’s board, including a recent chair – and has now dismissed a complaint about clearly-offensive and inflammatory language used by another of its own.
Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger was signally unsurprised by the decision:
While ABC’s Rym Momtaz highlighted the wording of the decision, which ‘mealy-mouthed’ would barely begin to cover:
‘No specific individual was targeted’ is surely the point of hate-speech – that it incites hatred against whole people groups. The Nazis used the phrase, not to target an individual, but to target the whole Jewish community.
If IPSO was hoping to maintain the impression of being an actual regulator, rather than a misleading illusion, this was not the way to go about it. Readers will draw their own conclusions about what that says about the attitude of the organisation and its board-members and backers toward the public and toward any concept of press regulation to protect the public.
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