The Sun has yet again found to have been lying, and not for the first time it involved smearing a Muslim:
“A London bus driver today accepted Â£30,000 in damages from the Sun over a claim that he ordered passengers off his vehicle so that he could pray.
The story in March last year caused Arunas Raulynaitis considerable distress and embarrassment, his solicitor, Stephen Loughrey, told Mr Justice Eady at the high court in London.
Loughrey said the newspaper now accepted that the allegations were entirely false and that Raulynaitis did not order any passengers off, there was no rucksack and no one refused to reboard because they feared he was a fanatic.”
The bus driver has been awarded Â£30,000, but as someone else argued on another thread, what difference will this actually make? Much more effective, in addition to the money, would be to embarrass any paper that printed stories like this. A practical way to do this would be to force the paper to lead with the apology on their front page, and it would have to take up the whole cover. A less likely solution, but a more enjoyable one, would be to allow the injured party to edit the paper for a day, and run it how they liked. Imagine the headlines in the Sun (“Muslims are great”), editorials in the Daily Mail extolling the virtues of immigration, or columns in the Guardian on why the state shouldn’t be taking so much of our money and wasting it.
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