The Daily Express on 23 October 2019 published the headline: “Police Foil 24 Islam and ‘Nazi’ terrorist plots in just 2 years.”
There are several issues with this headline which breach Clause 1: Accuracy of the IPSO Editors Code of Practice.
Firstly, there is no such thing as an “Islam terrorist plot.” Islam is a religion and is not a person nor an organisation or group that can plot anything. The term “Islamist” is currently the accepted term used when describing terrorist acts carried out by groups such as IS. The two terms are not synonymous, and cannot be used interchangeably.
Secondly, there seems to be no reason to have put the term ‘Nazi’ into speech marks but not to have done the same for ‘Islam.’
Finally, this headline is effectively drawing parallels in the minds of readers between Islam, one of the world’s leading Abrahamic religions with around 2 billion adherents, and Nazis, a murderous and hateful ideology that has no place in a civilised society.
We have complained to the paper, and urge our readers to do the same by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daily Express
Daily Express headline compares “Islam and ‘Nazi’ terror attacks”
23 October 2019
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