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NCHT(UK) submits complaint to IPSO on the use of the word "Asian"

 The NCHT(UK) has submitted a formal complaint to the Press regulator, IPSO, regarding the following article.

The Mirrors article of the 11th March 2018 - Headline “Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED”

We have objected to the Mirror's depiction of the perpetrators of these horrific crimes, as being identified as Asian. This description defames all Indians, Chinese, Vietnamese etc and contributes towards the increasing incidence of hate crimes against these entirely innocent ethnicities and communities. This sustained and consistent trend for the media to use the word "Asian" whenever there is a "grooming gang" incident is recognisable as an act of harassment against British Asians. It is a deliberate attempt to associate "grooming gangs" with "ALL ASIANS" in the minds of the non-Asian British public and in terms of the scale of this act of harassment, it is being inflicted upon and harms all British Asians, numbering in the millions of British citizens.

             We wholeheartedly support the complaint to IPSO made by the NSO (Network of Sikh Organisations) on the inappropriate use of the word 'Asian' in the Mirror's story. This is something we have been seeing in the British press for some time and have found it utterly objectionable. Hindu girls, like Sikh and white girls, have also suffered at the hands of sexual grooming gangs for decades and if there is an identifiable commonality or ideology connecting these “grooming gangs”, the free press must not abdicate its responsibility to fully report facts including the complete identity of those perpetrating these crimes.

            The print media has a responsibility to be clear in language, and 'Asian' only serves to smear wholly innocent communities, whilst shielding those responsible. We sincerely hope that IPSO will accept our objections and uphold our, and the NSO's complaint and in so doing protect the wider wholly innocent British Asian communities from further defamation. This will set a much needed precedent.

View NSO Article - http://nsouk.co.uk/the-mirrors-recent-article-on-grooming-gangs-and-use-of-the-word-asian/

If you would like to add your voice to this issue please do so with IPSO directly at  

https://www.ipso.co.uk/make-a-complaint/

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