Target: Rupert Murdoch, owner and CEO of News Corporation
Goal: Issue an official apology for blaming all Muslims for terrorist attacks
The global media baron Rupert Murdoch recently remarked on the terrorist attacks in France by saying that all Muslims are responsible for them. This kind of commentary validates Islamophobic discourse and perpetuates hate crimes against Muslim communities the world over. Demand that Murdoch issue an official apology for his remarks.
Rupert Murdoch, owner of the global media conglomerate News Corporation, decided to wade into the controversy surrounding the recent wave of terrorist attacks in France with a tweet that read “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.” In 140 characters or less, Murdoch condemned 20 percent of the world’s population to persecution for crimes that they had no part in committing. Indeed, Murdoch owns such conservative news outlets as the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, so his attitudes are not surprising, but given that he is a high-profile member of the media, they carry undue weight and must be addressed. Every time a powerful person voices opinions like these, the anti-Muslim culture that fosters increased rates of hate crimes against Muslims and mosques is strengthened.
Despite widespread condemnation for these comments, Murdoch has been quiet and has not issued either a clarification of his views or an apology. Sign the petition below to urge Murdoch to release a public apology for his bigoted comments.
Dear Mr. Murdoch,
I am writing you today about a comment you recently sent out to your more than half-million followers on Twitter and that subsequently garnered a lot of media attention. I am, of course, referring to your tweet saying that all Muslims must be held responsible for terrorist attacks carried out by “jihadists.”
Clearly, this attitude is incredibly unsophisticated and, indeed, ignorant of the innumerable Muslims and Muslim leaders who are working to actively combat and dismantle the interpretations of Islam that lead to terrorist attacks like those in France. What is most striking about your comments, though, is the logic you employ. If we take what you said as a rule, we should hold all Christians responsible for Christian terrorist attacks like that of Anders Breivik, all Buddhists responsible for the violence committed by Buddhists in Burma, and so on. Such sweeping generalizations would leave no person on the planet undamned. Indeed, many would argue that we have to hold you directly responsible for the hundreds of thousands of dead Afghans and Iraqis that your news organizations had no small part in murdering.
Your comments are unwarranted and foster a culture that is disproportionally hostile toward Muslims. I demand that you take advantage of your multitude of media outlets and issue a public apology for your offensive and dangerous remarks at once.
[Your Name Here]
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