Daily Mail pay out £150,000 for false reporting

The Daily Mail has been forced to pay £150,000 to a British Muslim family for falsely reporting they were terrorist sympathisers. The British family had been stopped by US authorities from travelling to LA on a family holiday and the Mail had reported via their journalist Katie Hopkins that the family were certain extremists.

The family’s lawyer made the statement after the victory in court:  “… matters are not helped when sensationalist and, frankly, Islamophobic articles such as this are published, and which caused us all a great deal of distress and anxiety. We are very pleased that the record has been set straight.” Carter Ruck the lawyer said that while most of the coverage of the Mahmood family’s ordeal had been fair and balanced, “there was absolutely no basis for suggesting that any of the Mahmoods were or are extremist, and the family were simply going on holiday”.

This all shows the importance of being aware of bias and false reporting in your news stories. History and English lessons should really help you in this; making you aware of political bias.

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