LibDemVoice Today Compares Charlie Hebdo to KKK

The first line of this blog published by LibDemVoice today tells you all you need to know: “Let me start by saying that the attack on Charlie Hebdo was a despicable attack on freedom of expression. However…” Nope.

It’s loony author, George Potter, continues: “Charlie Hebdo was, and is, a racist, xenophobic and bigoted  publication. Sometimes it attacked powerful targets like the Catholic Church but it was largely white men attacking powerless, marginalised and oppressed groups in France, especially Muslims who face horrific levels of discrimination. That’s not “satire”, it’s bullying.” It mocked Jews, Muslims, Christians, white people, black people and politicians.

He goes on to compare Charlie Hebdo to the KKK and EDL: “Imagine if a KKK organisation in the US had been bombed. Would people really be saying, without even thinking about who they’re endorsing, “I am the EDL””.

Except Charlie Hebdo were not the KKK or the EDL, were they George? They were just a satirical magazine.

BBC Mo-ment: Depicts Mohammed in Physical Form

This image is a screengrab from last night’s News at Ten. The BBC web page explaining their editorial guidelines on the issue has mysteriously disappeared today.  A very big Mo-ment for free speech…

It seems Dimbleby was still reading from the now ancient text on Question Time after the image went out last night:

“The prophet Mohammed must not be represented in any shape or form.”

Guido has contacted the BBC press office to see if they have had any complaints or threats…

UPDATE: BBC confirms the change in policy:

“This guidance is old, out of date and does not reflect the BBC’s long-standing position that programme makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgement with the Editorial Policy team available to provide advice around sensitive issues on a case by case basis. The guidance is currently being revised.”

They had no complaints.

Twitter Bitch Fight: Broadcaster Bun Fight!

Guido understands the ladies of the Lobby are not happy with Nick Robinson. Tom Bradby got an on camera line out of David Cameron about not doing the TV debates unless the Greens were included.

Nick does have some form for what would be called in print “byline banditry”.

Here’s a flavour of the outrage….

Ladies, ladies…

James Kirkup Telegraph Reverse Ferret

A ray of sunshine for the Telegraph at last. James Kirkup, who decided in November to leave the paper this year, has changed his mind. MediaGuido understands his planned departure in the spring has been reversed and he has now agreed to stay to write comment and analysis online.

Did they make him an offer he couldn’t refuse?

Buzzfeed Writer “Regrets” Charlie Hebdo Victim-Blaming

siraj-datoo

Siraj Datoo has responded to our story in a statement, admitting he was wrong to write “Don’t let Charlie Hebdo be seen as a victim” in a 2011 Muslim News article:

“I wrote a piece more than 3 years ago as a 21 year old undergraduate student. The headline is false and overblown, and I regret it: the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were victims then and were, horrifically, victims yesterday. I strongly believe in freedom of expression, which includes the freedom to offend.

The article was clumsily trying to say what many journalists have since reported, that the magazine was a provocative one, with satire that aimed to provoke, but that has no bearing on yesterday’s horrific, indefensible attacks.”

No apology…

Anti-Press Freedom Lobby Express Sham Solidarity

irony – ˈʌɪrəni/ – noun

1. the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

2.  a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.

This is not a spoof.

Round of Sackings Imminent at Standard

From: Editor
Sent: 08 January 2015 15:00
To: ES ALL (Editorial)
Subject: A message from the Editor, Sarah Sands

Dear all,

Unfortunately, we are having to make some editorial redundancies in order to reach savings targets. Those at risk are in the process of being informed. We respect confidentiality but I would ask everyone to be sensitive to the situation of valued colleagues who have done great service to the newspaper and who may be leaving us. Meanwhile, thank you to everyone for your professionalism and dedication to producing the best newspaper, magazine and website that we possibly can.

Sarah

What’s happy new year in Russian?

Buzzfeed Reporter: “Don’t Let Charlie Hebdo Be Seen as Victim”
Accused Dead Journalists of Whinging After Firebombing

siraj-datoo

Here are 6 reasons why Buzzfeed’s UK political reporter Siraj Datoo might have thought twice before sending the above “#JeSuisCharlie” tweet today. Writing in Muslim News when Charlie Hebdo was previously firebombed in response to its publication of a cartoon of Muhammed, Datoo wrote under the headline “Don’t let Charlie Hebdo be seen as a victim”:

  1. “Now Charlie Hebdo has started to act the martyr”
  2. “The issue is simply an attempt to mock perceived Islamic values, rather than to make a serious point”
  3. “this issue was direct goading and I argue that the primary aim was to create controversy”
  4. “this special issue lacked hilarity and instead has continued the right-wing Islamophobic trend that has been sweeping the country”
  5. “Perhaps the political leaders should now be asking whether they have indeed gone too far with their attack on Islam and should instead be concentrating on real matters that affect the nation”
  6. “They re-published the same issue in the name of freedom of expression and started to whinge”

Hardly in keeping with Buzzfeed’s professed editorial values:

We tried to get hold of Siraj Datoo, he was not available for comment…

NB. For context, here is the original article.

UPDATE: Nigel Farage weighs in:

EXCLUSIVE: Ofcom Indicate that Greens Will Not Be in Debates

After consulting with their rivals, Ofcom have ruled that the Green Party do not qualify for ‘Major Party Status’ at the election. UKIP do qualify. 

Guido understands this is based on a lack of sufficient support in previous elections and […]

Today’s Front Pages: UK v Europe

The Indy is the only UK paper to splash on a cartoon today.

Elsewhere in Europe editors were bolder…[…]

RIP Charb, Cabu, Wolinksi et Tignous

Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, left, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, was 47.

Jean “Cabu” Cabut, right, the lead cartoonist, was 76.

Georges Wolinksi, left, a cartoonist, was 80.

Verlhac “Tignous” Bernard, right, a cartoonist, was 58.

RIP.[…]

Hollande Arrives at Charlie Hebdo Offices

François Hollande has arrived at the scene of the shooting:

“We’re a country of liberty and because of that we receive threats.”

This is the Charlie Hebdo cover on the French president’s personal life:

They mocked politicians, Jews, Muslims, Christians, […]



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