British journalist accused of racism after linking Pakistani men to sex abuse

Published: March 30, 2015
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Known for her controversial views on a number of topics, a British tabloid journalist has been reported to the police after equating Pakistani men with child abusers.

The Sun columnist Katie Hopkins caused a storm on Twitter for possible race hate crimes and was reported to the police by Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale.

The Labour MP claimed Katie associated Pakistanis with sexual abuse of minors in a series of Twitter messages.

The move follows a prolonged row between the MP and television presenter over his decision to attend the raising of Pakistan’s flag to mark Pakistan Day on March 23.

Lambasting Danczuk for attending the ceremony, Hopkins said it was ‘outrageous’ to raise the Pakistani flag in Rochdale, according to the Guardian.

In 2012, nine men, including eight Pakistanis, from Lancashire were jailed for their part in a child sexual exploitation ring.

Infuriated, Hopkins tweeted: “Are these your friends too ‪@SimonDanczuk? Is this why you are raising the Pakistani flag in Rochdale? 77 years inside.”

Responding to her, Danczuk said, “Rochdale has a proud history of coming together to mark special days in different cultures, from St Patrick’s Day to the Ukrainian Holodomor, and our town will not take any lessons from Katie Hopkins on community cohesion. She has waded into something she doesn’t understand and her ignorance is extremely dangerous.”

“I don’t think we should beat about the bush here, Katie Hopkins is inciting racial hatred,” he added.

The flag was raised over Rochdale town hall for less than half an hour, according to Danczuk’s aide.

Afterwards, the MP posted a photo of himself on Twitter with two Pakistanis at the ceremony.

Another post, which has been reported to the police, said: “Your Pakistani friends saw young white girls as fair game when they abused them. Do NOT lecture me on community cohesion fool.”

Another tweet stated, “Raising a Pakistani flag in Rochdale is not helping community cohesion. it is inflammatory. ‪@SimonDanczuk you & your party disgust me.”

Danczuk’s office said he sent a complaint to the office of Greater Manchester’s police commissioner, Tony Lloyd, on Sunday.

Since the row began, Danczuk claims to have received threats and a petition has been launched calling for the flag to be taken down.

Refusing to let go of the topic, she further tweeted, “Writing my column today….hmm….@SimonDanczuk are we looking forward to Friday? I’d stick a Pakistani flag on your head and stay in bed.”

This article originally appeared on The Guardian

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Reader Comments (17)

  • JayGooner
    Mar 30, 2015 - 2:43PM

    Strange to find no comments here in this post! :-)Recommend

  • hey
    Mar 30, 2015 - 3:00PM

    pakistani men have abused many white girls … well said katie hopkins ….. better take down that flag …. !! its of no worth….Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2015 - 3:04PM

    let me check.Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2015 - 3:06PM

    again..Recommend

  • Omar
    Mar 30, 2015 - 3:20PM

    Katie Hopkins is not only well known for being a racist but also for being a vocal elitist who considers limiting rights of whole communities that do not conform to her specific socio-economic standards.Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Mar 30, 2015 - 4:09PM

    The woman is reviled throughout the British Isles for derogatory words against the obese, Scots and anti-Ebola volunteers. Move on, people. Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Mar 30, 2015 - 4:14PM

    What about the likes of the well known good white

    Britishers like Jimmy Savile

    Madame Katie?? Recommend

  • Naila
    Mar 30, 2015 - 4:59PM

    This woman, by is NOT a journalist. She feeds off negative press and is famous for being a hater for the sake of attention. If you don’t believe me, search her up on YouTube or dailymotion. Recommend

  • nomi
    Mar 30, 2015 - 6:09PM

    Lets talk about british sex tourism in thailand. It is endemic. british white men abuse children in thailand. Recommend

  • faisal
    Mar 30, 2015 - 8:14PM

    nomi@because british do in thailand , it is our right……..what kind of sick mentality is it??Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Mar 30, 2015 - 9:21PM

    She’s a journalist like Ann Coulter is a journalist! Nothing to see here except a hate-filled bigot fueled by paranoia and attention. Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Mar 30, 2015 - 10:08PM

    The Prince of She said to Confucius: “In our country there are very sincere people. If the father has stolen a sheep, the son testifies against him,”

    Confucius then said; “In our country the sincere are different. The father covers the son, the son covers the father. Therein lies their sincerity!”Recommend

  • Ray
    Mar 30, 2015 - 10:32PM

    It is ok to make outrageous comments once in a while and the Katie a bimbo has every right to do so. However what her racist incestual mind failed to notice was these were not Pakistanis but British born kids whose parents or grand parents might have immigrated from Pakistan to call them Pakistanis amd not British is an insult.
    I also like to tell perhaps she should be happy that there are still some men in England who are interested in girls and because majoity of white British men including in the Palace are and have been inerested in men only.
    In addition she has no shame if those kids are only bad doers …she should that some of most reviled human beings happen to be British and they are not even boys.
    British Airways is being sued over pilot Simon Wood ‘who sexually abused African children’
    Here is a man who for 15 years went to Nairobi and volunteered at an Orphanage as part of the charity and abused young young girls for 15 years btween the ages of 5 and 11.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2408557/British-Airways-pilot-Simon-Wood-abused-position-molest-hundreds-girls-orphanages-Africa.html
    Kids said that when he used to come it was worst days of their lives…
    I hope if she has any sense she would look in the mirror and see her ugly face and feel sorry for how horrible she looks.Recommend

  • Melih
    Mar 31, 2015 - 12:26AM

    This is just the British Ann Coulter, ignore her.Recommend

  • Insaaf
    Mar 31, 2015 - 2:58AM

    @nomi: 2 wrongs dont make a right. What the Pakistani men did in Rochdale was wrong and they brought shame on Pakistan and Islam. Period. Stop justifying their actions.Recommend

  • karen
    Apr 1, 2015 - 4:04AM

    she is a writer guys, she needs spice to get catch people interest whether in a hatred way to good way.. she is just a another person looking for attention to make money.. When there is problem that we notice about certain individual in our society we dont need to put the whole population in one pot because every individual is different. it is just like saying if her sister is a criminal then she is also a criminal.. wow what a theory.. being educated is not enough .. she is need to work brain a little more.. wish her all the best and i hope she get well soon Recommend

  • Overseas Pak
    Apr 3, 2015 - 4:15PM

    Britain is a great country. The people very tolerant and liberal.

    When racist comments are made against any community, white Brisish people stand up and defend their rights.

    I feel really upset and angry when I read about British Pakistanis abusing the system, misbahaving or trying to kill their fellow citizens because they were brainwashed by some extremist mullahs.

    There are however, many examples of British Pakistanis making a very positive contribution (in politics, sports, music etc). They should be the role model for others to follow. Recommend

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