Thursday 8 December 2016

The media's nasty little blind spot when it comes to far-right terrorists

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

'After all, Jo Cox stood for everything fascists hate. A former charity and anti-slavery worker, she used her maiden speech in the House of Commons to praise the diversity of her constituency and railed against the 'shameful refusal' of the UK to admit 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian refugee children' Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
'After all, Jo Cox stood for everything fascists hate. A former charity and anti-slavery worker, she used her maiden speech in the House of Commons to praise the diversity of her constituency and railed against the 'shameful refusal' of the UK to admit 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian refugee children' Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Judging from the media coverage of Labour MP Jo Cox's murder, terrorism is now a word that is confined to describing violence committed by brown-skinned Muslims.

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The true motivation driving the alleged killer of Jo Cox will not become apparent for some time, but early reports indicate that a twisted far-right political ideology may be significant.

Thomas Mair, who has been charged in connection with her death, allegedly screamed "Britain First", the name of a right-wing anti-immigrant political party, as he carried out his frenzied attack.

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