PRESS RELEASE: UK – Demonised discourse over riots must stop


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.  

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


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