The Sun under fire over 'Muslim poll'

Record number of complaints over story alleging one in five British Muslims had ‘sympathy for jihadis’ as it emerges that YouGov refused to carry out poll

The Sun under fire over 'Muslim poll'

World Bulletin / News Desk

British The Sun newspaper faced criticism after publishing a misleading report of an opinion poll on its front page purporting to show that one in five British Muslims had "sympathy for jihadis".

Readers and Muslim organizations accused The Sun of misinterpreting the results of the poll which showed that 5% of respondents agreed with the statement "I have a lot of sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria" and that 14.5% said they had "some sympathy".

Critics argued that the use of the term "sympathy" was ambiguous and that it was not clear who was meant by "fighters in Syria".

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) said it had received 450 complaints about the front page by 4pm on Monday, more than for any story since the regulatory body was set up last year. 

Meanwhile, the hashtag #1in5Muslims began trending on Twitter, with many users making light of the poll's results.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Kasım 2015, 12:04