Hindus in the UK assembled in large numbers on 28 September in front of the office of media house The Guardian in London to protest against the media house’s “misleading and biased coverage" of the Leicester violence. The protestors alleged that The Guardian had projected their community in a bad light.
A press release issued a day before read: “As a result of Hindu hate-filled articles in The Guardian, a vigil will take place outside their premises" at Kings Place, London. The “misleading coverage" in The Guardian causing the protest of the Hindus is attributed to journalists Jessica Murray, Aina J Khan and Rajeev Syal.
The demonstrators were seen holding placards that read ‘Hindu Lives Matter’, ‘Stop putting lives at risk’, ‘Stop spreading fake news’, ‘Stop demonising Hindus’, ‘Hindu is peace’, etc.
The protestors handed over a memorandum to the chief of security of The Guardian. It was addressed to the editor of the media house, Katharine Viner, and the protestors have sought a reply to it.
A Hindu community leader told OpIndia that such “biased" articles were written by those sitting in India to propagate their anti-Hindu agenda. “There is no standard of professional journalism in The Guardian coming from Delhi," a Hindu community leader said.
The Hindu activists shared many photos and videos of the demonstration on Twitter.
Shiv Kant, a former BBC journalist, told India Narrative in a video interview earlier this week that radicalisation among the Muslims had been on the rise in the UK for a while now.
The British mainstream media, including The Guardian and the BBC, found themselves caught in a web of misreporting by their reporters and writers, as though furthering the agenda of radical Muslims. Many of the untruths reported by the UK’s reputed media houses only helped in aggravating the animus for Hindus. The BBC made a half-baked effort to say that it peddled misinformation.
Thanks to strict police action and investigations in Leicester and Birmingham, London was spared the fire and fury of Muslim mobs attacking temples. The police in Leicester are, meanwhile, braving the instigation of Muslim mobs by outsiders called in from other parts of the UK to fan violence in an otherwise peaceful city.
The police probe is critically looking at the role of Majid Freeman, a Leicester-based Islamist who fired the initial salvos of fake news about Muslims under attack, creating Hindumisia and leading to hate attacks.