In today’s edition of the Times, Andrew Norfolk and the paper’s editors play fast and loose with facts as well as political and historical contexts, for dubious objectives.

In what can only be described as a tirade which targets the State of Qatar, British Bank Al-Rayan, numerous British educational, community and charitable organisations as well as a number of Muslim figures from the UK and around the world, it appears that the Times has agreed to become a pawn for Arab dictatorships.

The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) is bewildered that a British publication of the stature of the Times chooses to become partisan in a regional conflict amongst non-democratic entities, siding with states that are notorious for being murderous, that clamp down on every single democratic expression, that practice torture and have completely shut down public and press freedoms.

Anas Altikriti, President of MAB commented this morning: “How the citing of positions adopted by regimes such as those in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, seems to mean credibility, legitimacy or truth in the estimations of the Times’ editors, is beyond any sane and rational human being”.

“Furthermore, Mr. Norfolk and his editors seem to conveniently display symptoms of amnesia when recalling the history of Finsbury Park Mosque, which MAB was instrumental in restoring from a position of hate, division and isolation, to one of the most inclusive, diverse, award-winning Islamic establishments throughout the UK over the past 14 years”.

The Muslim Association of Britain deplores the editorial line adopted by the Times in its barrage of attacks targeting entities and figures, many of whom have successfully and repeatedly mounted legal challenges to similar attacks in the past.

Muslim Association of Britain
5th August 2019


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