ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has challenged the UK’s press regulator over growing Islamophobia in the UK media.
Mr Danczuk raised the issue during a meeting between MPs and Sir Alan Moses, chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).
The MP's intervention comes just weeks after The Times newspaper published an article on the murder of Rochdale man Jalal Uddin with the headline “Imam beaten to death in sex grooming town”.
Mr Danczuk also criticised The Sun in November last year over it’s controversial front page which claimed that "1 in 5 Brit Muslims” have “sympathy for jihadis".
Mr Danczuk grilled the IPSO chair over what steps the organisation is taking to prevent such examples of Islamophobia.
In response, Sir Moses said his “honest answer” was that not enough is currently being done but assured MPs that improvements will be made.
Speaking afterwards Mr Danczuk said: “The Times headline is just the latest example of a growing and troubling level of Islamophobia in some sectors of the British media.
“I have written to the newspaper’s editor calling for an apology, but this is a much wider problem than just one headline.
“It was refreshing to hear Sir Alan Moses concede that IPSO is falling short on this issue and I hope the admission will be a catalyst for meaningful change.
“The Editors’ Code of Practice, which provides guidelines for the press, includes safeguards to protect individuals from discrimination or harassment.
“But these protections do not extend to entire groups or communities. I would like to see the code updated to prevent Muslims, or any other minority or community group, from being victimised in the media.”