Some ‘journalists’ go out of their way to create things against the Muslim community that does not exist.
A witch hunt is on the way in Oldham, Greater Manchester. It is claimed in some media outlets that Muslims are out there in Oldham, trying to take over State schools, it is dubbed by them to be a “New Trojan Horse”.
A similar attempt by the media was carried out in the year 2014, in Birmingham. It was suggested along similar lines that State schools in Birmingham were being taken over to turn them “Islamic”. The Birmingham City Council investigated the 2014 claims, and found “little evidence of a systematic plot or coordinated plan”. It said, “There is no evidence of a conspiracy to promote an anti-British agenda, violent extremism or radicalisation of schools.”
It should also be noted that the original “Trojan Horse” plot in 2014 was unfounded as per the Education select committee report findings:
“The chairman of the education committee, Graham Stuart, said that apart from one incident in one school “no evidence of extremism or radicalisation was found by any of the inquiries in any of the schools involved”.
The current claims are solely based on one person. This person is Trish O’Donnell, a teacher. She claims to have been subjected to “death threats”. She went to Oldham Council to report this, in there she claimed that a new “Trojan Horse” agenda was “being played out”.
The Oldham Council took Tricia (Patricia) O’Donnel’s allegations very seriously. The Council carried a thorough investigation into these allegations. The Council completed their investigation, one of their spokesperson’s said:
“…they found “no basis” in the Trojan Horse allegations.
The Oldham Council also referred these claims to “Counter Terrorism Unit At Greater Manchester Police” and “Department for Education’s Compliance Unit”, upon complete investigation they also said:
“I also understand that allegations that this amounted to a ‘Trojan horse’ plot have been investigated by Oldham Council, linking in with GMP’s Counter Terrorism Unit, and the Department for Education’s Compliance Unit, who concluded that there was no evidence to support this claim.”
Coun Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member for Education and Early Years, also added:
“The report into an Oldham primary school found no basis to the ‘Trojan Horse’ allegations. “At this time we also have no active investigations or concerns about any of the other schools the Sunday Times has asked about.”
The (1) Oldham Council, (2) GMP’s Counter Terrorism Unit, and (3) Department for Education’s Compliance Unit, said they investigated very thoroughly and found no basis for these claims. Speaking to some local people, they also corroborated that these claims are baseless.
Why did some media outlets fail to mention these facts? Was it a deliberate attempt by right-wing journalists to make up stuff and hide facts to peddle further hate against Muslims, in Britain?
So now we know that the smear campaign that has been floating in the media against Nasim Ashraf is an actual lie. Fake News!
Some newspapers are guilty of not carrying out due diligence before hiring extremist journalist(s) with no integrity for journalistic principles. For some newspapers to allow journalists to peddle hate and Fake News, they have also joined the toilet paper “newspapers” who thrive of dehumanizing minority communities.
It is sad that some of these newspapers continue to claim to “educate” the middle classes and normalise prejudice and hate at the same time.
The real Trojan horse that should have been given more media attention was the one carried out by Al-Jazeera in January. Wherein Israeli diplomats are recorded on video saying, and trying to subvert and influence British politics. Al Jazeera investigation revealed discussions of an Israeli diplomat and British civil servant to “take down” anti-settlement politicians. Al-Jazeera’s Investigative Unit also showed how an Israeli diplomat plotted to destroy the careers of senior democratic elected politicians. You can read the full Al-Jazeera investigation here and here.
Press Release Statement by Nasim Ashraf can be read here.
The Sun and the Telegraph apologised and have paid substantial damages and their legal costs: “Mr Ashraf and Mrs Zaman – an apology“. 19th Febraury 2018. The Telegraph‘s statement on the unfounded “Trojan Horse plot”:
“An article published on 20th February 2017 may have suggested that Mr Nasim Ashraf and Mrs Hafizan Zaman were responsible for a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot involving an Islamist campaign of intimidation to take over Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham with the aim of imposing an aggressive and separatist agenda on the students. We accept that such allegations are unfounded. We apologise to Mr Ashraf and Mrs Zaman for any distress caused and have agreed to pay them damages and costs.” 15th February 2018
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(1) – “Counter-terrorism police investigated claims of ‘Trojan Horse’ plot at Oldham primary school” (Manchester Evening News (MEN))
(2) – “Trojan Horse claim at Oldham school has ‘no basis’ – council” (ITV)
(3) – “Oldham ‘Trojan Horse’ claims boost racist agenda” (Socialist Worker)
(4) – “Report: ‘No evidence of Trojan Horse plot‘” (Oldham Chronicle)
(5) – “Overlapping ‘Trojan Horse’ inquiries criticized by MPs” (BBC)
(6) – “Gove was wrong about Muslim plot for city’s schools, say MPs” (TheTime.com)
(7) – “‘Trojan Horse’: Cases against teachers dropped” (30th May 2017) Hardeep Saini, former head teacher at Golden Hillock, Lindsey Clark, executive head teacher at Park View
(8) “John Holmwood, Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham argues against the notion that there was a plot to Islamicise schools in Birmingham. Instead, he considers the teachers and pupils are victims of a false narrative.” (15th December 2017) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09hs4k7
(9) – “The chairman of the education committee, Graham Stuart, said that apart from one incident in one school “NO evidence of extremism or radicalisation was found by any of the inquiries in any of the schools involved”. (“Overlapping ‘Trojan Horse’ inquiries criticised by MPs”, online source, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-31905704)