When the UN High Commissioner calls tabloid UK in the same breath as ‘Hitler’s Nazi Germany’ you know Scotland has a problem. With rumors the MI5/MI6 and others were involved in the no movement. Were we cheated, well that is irrelevant now but if the polls stay steady and the SNP win 20 Westminster seats, many will cry foul play as polls show 50+ seats in Westminster. While the lying propaganda tell lies and Westminster gets worried as 50+ Scots led by Alex Salmond could be in a coalition, Nicola was having some fun. Something tells me Westminster is now asking if they should have let Scotland go last September because Nicola has many of the strong arguments as most in Scotland and many in England. No Austerity, No new Trident, keeping the NHS free for England and more. The polls are telling the story, as I said in my last article, do the math on this poll, a poll of many polls, what are the odds? Also Katie Hopkins gets column inches and causes this, but lets look past this vile woman (My opinion) and look at the UK Media before referendum when theTory party, Labour, them all said “SCOTLAND SHOULD NOT LEAVE THE BRITISH UNION, IT SHOULD LEAD IT” Now Nicola is trying she is being called the most dangerous woman in Britain. I really do hope these polls stay firm and Scotland can change this mess for good
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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