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PRESS RELEASE: UK – Demonised discourse over riots must stop

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IHRC is deeply concerned about the level of demonisation in media and governmental discourse regarding the on-going riots and disturbances.

IHRC is alarmed that discussion and debate has targeted and criminalised youth in general and black youth in particular, as well as dismissing key issues of poverty and social and economic marginalisation, police violence, profiling and racism.

Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said:

“There is clearly a discussion to be had over the loss of values that has seen violence and looting overshadow demonstrations and the real issues of grievance.  However, there is a deep hypocrisy in this when just recently British politicians were embroiled in expenses scandals that focussed on the acquiring of luxuries from flat screen TVs to holidays at public expense.  

For more information please contact the Press Office on (+44) 20 8904 4222, or via email at Alternatively, you can call (+44) 7958522196.

1.     The IHRC report on media demonization of minorities and the marginalised can be found here:


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