Andrew Norfolk: another libel defeat
Norfolk has been trading on his exposure of so-called grooming gangs in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham for some time, maybe for too long. When he brought Times readers the now infamous “Muslim fostering” story, only to see it fall apart within a few days, he might have been expected to stop and think. But that thought would have been misplaced: Norfolk emerged from the fiasco more determined than ever.they got it wrong.
As Press Gazette admitted last January, “The Times has apologised and paid damages to an imam who questioned the Conservative leadership candidates about Islamophobia during a televised BBC debate in June … The Times wrongly claimed Patel had blamed Israel for the 2003 murder of a British police officer by a terror suspect in Manchester”.
Sadly, once more he got it wrong. After another Muslim bashing article in August last year, Sultan Choudhury complained to IPSO and began a defamation action after the Times gave readers the impression that Choudhury had a relaxed attitude to Female Genital Mutilation. Saracens Solicitors has carried a statement on the affair.
John Witherow, editor, The Times
As Professor Brian Cathcart has observed in an article for Byline Times, “the dogged loyalty of The Times newspaper to the anti-Muslim reporting of its chief reporter Andrew Norfolk is proving expensive”. Hacks have been sacked for less. But under the editorship of John Witherow, Norfolk is free to carry on smearing. Maybe this is not a coincidence.