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Take a stand against racism in the media

To Independent Press Standards Organisation and the Editors' Code of Practice Committee:

As members of the British public, we support Channel 4 newsreader Fatima Manji’s complaint against The Sun newspaper’s Islamophobic attack. We call on you to apply the strongest sanctions possible against The Sun, and to expand the Editors’ Code to protect vulnerable groups as well as individuals from discrimination and hate attacks by the British press. If you fail to take real effective action against The Sun, we call for IPSO to be replaced by a press regulator willing to stand up for members of the public against hate in the British media.

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A columnist for The Sun newspaper launched an abhorrent rant just because a Muslim was wearing a headscarf while presenting the news for Channel 4. The hate in our news is shocking, but we can help stamp out the racist headlines.

Former Sun editor, Kelvin MacKenzie wrote he could hardly believe his eyes when he saw Fatima Manji was reporting on the terror attack in Nice. “Was it appropriate for her to be on camera when there had been yet another shocking slaughter by a Muslim?” he asked Sun readers, and in doing so, used the megaphone of the UK’s largest newspaper to smear all Muslims as violent attackers. It's shocking news -- perpetuating a climate of fear and hate to sell papers -- but we can call it out.

Now Fatima is standing against the hate with a complaint to the national press watchdog, and if we can help her turn it into the biggest ever mass-outcry against racist media, it could trigger reforms to stop the hateful headlines.

Let’s stand with Fatima!! Sign the petition, send a message to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, then forward this email widely.

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