Oh dear. One of the most “controversial” points I made during the launch of NGN was that anti-racists should reject any alliance with Islamist movements such as Hizb ut-Tahrir bcause those organisations were themselves full of prejudice. I pointed to the example of Blink promoting this march which included HuT and Azzam Tammimi amongst others.
Looks like Blink, an organisation funded by the 1990 Trust and supported by Lee Jasper and Ken Livingstone’s office, has not learnt its lesson. Now they are supporting and promoting Press TV, the Iranian govt funded television station. Duncan Money points out:
Not that you would know from the email but Press TV is in fact funded and controlled by the Iranian government, a murderous gang of theocrats responsible for repeated and widespread human rights violations targeting trade unionists, gays, lesbians, students, anyone opposed to their vicious regime.
It claims to be editorially independent but the Iranian government doesn’t have a wonderful record when it comes to freedom of speech. In the last 6 years government 100 news organisations have been shut down by the and recently a Canadian photojournalist was raped, tortured then murdered after taking photos of a prison.
The problem is that Blink is run by well meaning anti-racists who have no clue about Islamist organisations. One individual in particular, who I will not name, joined Blink a few years ago and has since been running their ‘department-for-coordinating-with-Muslim-organisations’. In practice that has meant signing up to whatever the MCB says and joining any rally even if it includes HuT. This is just further evidence of their cluelessness.
via David T.
Update: Blink’s editor has responded to our criticisms below.
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