Auckland’s Resident’s Action Movement has done the public a great service by warning us of a grave danger in our midst.
Well known writer and publisher, Ian Wishart is an ISLAMOPHOBE!!!
According to Morgan’s post on Indymedia
The March 2007 edition of “Investigate” magazine carried a lengthy article by Ian Wishart which claimed that the New Zealand Muslim community is being infected by “Islamic extremism“.
“Mr Wishart’s 18-page rant is New Zealand’s first full-on example of Islamophobic gutter journalism,” said Grant Morgan, organiser of RAM Residents Action Movement.
“The most basic fact is that nobody in the New Zealand Muslim community has ever been charged with any act of ‘terrorism’, let alone convicted. That puts the lie to his propaganda of fear, suspicion and hate.”
“As the organiser of RAM, I was requested by a meeting of senior Muslim leaders in Auckland to pen a letter-in-reply to Mr Wishart’s article,” said Grant Morgan. “My letter has been co-signed by over 130 community leaders, the vast majority of them non-Muslim, who are equally disgusted at the article’s contents.”
These community leaders include:
* The mayor of Waitakere City.
* Five regional and city councillors.
* Many religious leaders from Christian, Muslim and other faiths.
* Top academics and lawyers.
* Senior trade union officials.
* Representatives of Maori and ethnic groups.
* Other leaders in the community.
“While more signatures are arriving all the time, I have today emailed our letter to Mr Wishart’s magazine,” said Grant Morgan.
“Will Mr Wishart have the integrity to publish it in full, along with the complete list of co-signatories, without appending the sort of conspiracy fantasies that he regularly attaches to critical letters under the guise of ‘editorial comment’? That will be a test of his professed belief in freedom of speech.”
Organiser of RAM Residents Action Movement
gcm (at) actrix.co.nz
021 2544 515