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This is why we picked up and moved here over 200 years ago - from the UK Express:

FREE SPEECH CRACKDOWN: EU orders British press NOT to reveal when terrorists are Muslims
A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found there was an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to March 2016.

Blaming the press, ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, said: “It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.”

A bit more:

In the 83-page report, the Commission said: “ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fueling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety. 

“In this context, it draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations.”

I hate to say this but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck... Guess what. I could go along with this if the so-called 'peaceful' muslims stood up in their mosques and denounced the terrorists as just a fringe group and made an effort to have them stop. I have not seen this anywhere in any nation.

Fortunately, the English government had this to say:

In a written statement to the ECRI, the Government said: “The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.”

In other words: ECRI? Screw You!

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