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UK Tabloids Compared to Nazi Propaganda By UN Human Rights Chief

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The Chief Human Rights Officer of The United Nations has caused a stir by comparing UK tabloid material to that of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Ra’ad Al Hussein argued the point that in the early days of Nazi propaganda, they made public attacks through news on those they wanted to eliminate. This was all said during a recent interview where the topic of migrants was brought up as it is currently flooding global news.

According to RT report, UN human rights chief compares UK tabloids to ‘Nazi’ propaganda:

UK tabloids like the Murdoch-owned Sun that compared immigrants to ‘cockroaches’ recall the dark days of the Nazi media attacking those they sought to eliminate, according to the UN’s human rights chief.

“The Nazi media described people their masters wanted to eliminate as rats and cockroaches,” the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN Human Rights Chief

He singled out an article by former gameshow contestant turned-commentator Katie Hopkins, published by the Sun newspaper last Thursday, in which she wrote: “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit ‘Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984’, but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb. They are survivors.”

Katie-Hopkins

The comment piece was published just hours before a boat containing hundreds of displaced people capsized in the Mediterranean, killing 800.

“This type of language is clearly inflammatory and unacceptable, especially in a national newspaper. The Sun’s editors took an editorial decision to publish this article, and – if it is found in breach of the law – should be held responsible along with the author,” Zeid said.

Zeid said the Hopkins piece was by no means a one off, but rather the result of “decades of sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse, misinformation and distortion.”

“This vicious verbal assault on migrants and asylum seekers in the UK tabloid press has continued unchallenged under the law for far too long,” he said.

Like the Sun, Britain’s Daily Express was also a prime culprit, he said.

“To give just one glimpse of the scale of the problem, back in 2003 the Daily Express ran 22 negative front pages stories about asylum seekers and refugees in a single 31-day period,” he said.

“Asylum seekers and migrants have, day after day, for years on end, been linked to rape, murder, diseases such as HIV and TB, theft, and almost every conceivable crime and misdemeanor imaginable in front-page articles and two-page spreads, in cartoons, editorials, even on the sports pages of almost all the UK’s national tabloid newspapers.”

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Zeid said from a legal perspective free speech and hate speech were clearly delineated.

“I am an unswerving advocate of freedom of expression, which is guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), but it is not absolute.

“Article 20 of the same covenant says: ‘Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.”

 

How do you feel about the UN Human Rights chief’s statements?  Do you agree?

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  • Malcolm Stephen

    As I Scot I fully agree with his sentiments. It’s not just people that come from outside the UK that get attacked in the gutter press, it’s anyone from outside Middle England. The abuse doled out is truly shocking and a comparison to the propaganda used by the Nazis hardly goes far enough. I’m all for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but this is not freedom. This is the very rich hiding their sins from view with a smokescreen of hate and blame. Greater control over press and news ownership has to be a priority for whoever wins the general election.

  • Richard McHarg

    Looks like others are noticing the behaviour of the media in the UK.
    The barrage of rabid, imperialist, British-supremacist, anti-immigrant sentiment is unending, which is particularly hypocritical for a state that has grown rich on the historic oppression of other nations.
    The BBC, being a public service broadcaster, is particularly guilty.
    Frankly, the mainstream media is a pile of shit, but its days are numbered, as more and more people are turning to political websites like Wings Over Scotland.

  • elaine skinner

    I absolutely agree with free speech but when media crosses the line then Article 20 should be put into place. One such example is over last few years during Scotland’s Independence Campaign the journalists on Daily Mail i.e. Simon Heffer and Quentin Letts to name a few,as well as the Telegraph has constantly wrote racist articles against Scots, Scotland and its culture. To me this in turn incited a lot of hateful racist comments aimed at Scots and over the last 2 to 3 years thanks to London media, the hatred for Scots has increased doublefold. Our Scottish media has never ,ever once attacked English or any other nationality/race since it seems our journalists have been brought up with drawing a fine line of shooting from the hip and attacking a country or its people and inciting hate. We Scots get shot down by many of these racists in England by them saying “you are not a race” but they obviously haven’t read the Race Discrimination Act 2010 where it states that discriminating against someone’s nationality or national origin is classed under the Race Discrimination Act. I would like to know what Scots can do to push a case against these newspapers in London who still continue from Scotland’s Independence but has upped a notch including even more English newspapers attacking and racially insulting and inciting hate in the run up to the General Election in May, all because many of us want to vote SNP.