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PRESS RELEASE: IHRC Statement regarding libellous articles in The Mail on Sunday (23rd July 2006) and The Sun (24th July 2006)

24 July 2006

IHRC is deeply saddened by the libellous and malicious attacks on it and in particular its chair, Massoud Shadjareh



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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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24 July 2006

PRESS RELEASE: IHRC Statement regarding libellous articles in The Mail on Sunday (23rd July 2006) and The Sun (24th July 2006)

IHRC is deeply saddened by the libellous and malicious attacks on it and in particular its chair, Massoud Shadjareh in the Mail on Sunday newspaper yesterday and The Sun today. The latter article was based, it appears on the first, and no right to reply was afforded our organisation or Mr. Shadjareh.

As regards both articles, IHRCís complaints involve the false portrayal of a briefing aimed primarily at press and policymakers that appears on our website as a ëcallí, ëcommentsí and an ëoutburstí from Mr. Shadjareh to ëhis followersí and ëBritish Muslimsí to provide financial assistance to Hizbullah, and called on Hizbullah to occupy Israel and undertake ëregime changeí. In actual fact the briefing entitled, ëThe Blame Game: International Law and the Current Crisis in the Middle Eastí which can be found at:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=1954
discusses the position of Lebanon and nation states in the current Middle East crisis and positions of nation states regarding Israeli failure to comply within resolutions on Palestine.

Both articles in the Mail on Sunday and The Sun suggested that Mr. Shadjareh and IHRC advocated terrorism and was set in the context of so-called concerns by security services in the UK at the possibility of terror attacks on Jewish, Israeli and British targets. It was maliciously implied that IHRC and Mr. Shadjareh were somehow connected to that threat. Neither Mr. Shadjareh or IHRC have advocated or supported terrorism and work with people across communities to oppose Israeli human rights violations, including in the current context, war crimes. IHRC has called for an immediate cease fire and called on the British government to be evenhanded in its dealings in the current crisis. This call was supported by a number of MPs, activists, academics and civil society organisations in a statement printed in the Times last Saturday, a day before the first of the libellous articles appeared in the Mail on Sunday.

The statement can be found on our website at:
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There are various other complaints that are being raised regarding the articles, however it is pertinent to pint out that both articles imply that the wearing of the Hizbullah flag is somehow sinister or a symbol of a terrorist threat to the UK. Pictures of Rabbis with the Hizbullah flag were sent to The Mail on Sunday before the article was printed, however neither article saw fit to mention the incident or infer from it that Rabbis may be a terrorist threat. Had either reporter been present at the Stop the War rally in London on Saturday last, they would have seen many people from different confessions and none , sport the Hizbulah flag and heard messages of support for Hizbullah from non-Muslims voiced from the platform. Again neither article focussed on this but made misleadingly portrayed a briefing on international law as a call by and to Muslim ëfanaticsí in the UK.

IHRC expects that both newspapers will print an apology to both Mr. Shadjareh and IHRC.

For more information please contact (+44) 20 8904 4222 or (+44) 7958 522196 or email info@ihrc.org.

Notes to editors:

1. The Mail on Sunday article is entitled ëMI5 fears Hezbollah terror attacks in Britainí and is written by Jason Lewis.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=397136&in_page_id=1770

2. The Sun article dated 24th July is entitled ëFanatic's cash aid callí and is written by Harry Macadam.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006340099,00.html

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