UN Human Rights Commissioner speaks out over Katie Hopkins ‘cockroaches’ column in the Sun

April 27, 2015

I hope that this reaction by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was widely disseminated. For those who missed it – and to illustrate why an independent Office is needed [https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/joint-inspection-unit-on-human-rights-not-so-innocent-as-it-sounds/] – here is how Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has criticised the UK tabloid Sun for allowing Katie Hopkins to describe migrants as ‘cockroaches‘ in a recent column.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights pointed out that both the Nazis and those behind the genocide in Rwanda had also used the word ‘cockroaches‘ before and asked for the UK government, media and regulators to show greater respect for national and international laws on curbing incitement to hatred.

He said to the press that Hopkins’ language was “clearly inflammatory and unacceptable especially in a national newspaper” adding that the Sun’s editors who had made the decision to publish the article, if found in breach of the law, would be as responsible as Hopkins. Hopkins article, he said, was typical of “decades of sustained anti-foreigner abuse, misinformation and distortion” in terms of the British media’s reporting of migrant and refugee issues.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation, IPSO, confirmed it had received more than 300 complaints about Hopkins article and was investigating whether it breached the Editors’ code. Let’s see!

UN human rights chief calls out the Sun over Katie Hopkins ‘cockroaches’ column | The Drum.

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