Daily Mail journalist busted posing as Muslim extremist to stir up hatred

The Daily Mail should have some serious questions to answer about this. It is illegal for the state to use agents provacateurs to stir up illegal activity and spy on its citizens. There is a fine line in law enforcement between some of the deceptions used to trap dangerous criminals and entrapment. Nevertheless, police officers have been prosecuted when that line is crossed. The Daily Mail has never really had to face that possibility, as it was one of the leading members of the press self-regulatory body. Thus it believes – and unfortunately, probably rightly – that it can set up stunts like this with impunity.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Daily Mail!)

The following comment was posted on a online chat forum for Muslims yesterday inviting responses:

Mail Muslim extremist

Some of the other members of the forum became suspicious by the strange comment and decided to check the new member’s ISP address:

mail Muslim extremist 1

More up-to-date checks of the ISP address by other members of the forum showed the comment was posted by someone working at the Daily Mail Group (the Evening Standard used to be part of the Daily Mail Group):

mail Muslim extremist 2

The whole thread has now been deleted by the forum but it can still be viewed on Google’s webcache here.

So it seems the Daily Mail ordered one of their journalists to pose as an extremist on a Muslim forum to try to elicit comments they could use for an anti-Muslim story.

Fortunately they were busted.

In a civilised society, a national newspaper journalist trying to stir up hatred and controversy with lies…

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