Scandal – Did Shiv Malik Justify 9/11?
Just got some interesting info about the journalist Shiv Malik – I was in discussion with a senior member of HT who had found some interesting information about him. I thought it would be useful as it completely discredits the guys journalistic credentials.
Just some background….
Shiv Malik is a Leeds graduate who has worked on recent articles for the Independent on Sunday and New Statesman. His claims to fame are "outing" Dilpazier Aslam, the Guardian trainee, and also calling a lot of other employers to inform them that they are employing members of Hizb ut-Tahrir. He has also written disparaging articles about other Islamic groups including Young Muslims and Islamic Society of Britain. He has employed some very underhand tactics in writing these articles – for example calling up and claiming to be someone else. He has also printed complete lies in some of his articles – he says for example that HT members joined the Territorial Army.
He has also recycled again and again the ridiculous "conveyor belt" theory, created by the neo-cons in the USA – that HT are some sort of "conveyor belt" for terror because they call for the peaceful establishment of an Islamic Caliphate and just by calling for such a state they are a recruiting sergeant for AQ. His expediency is amazing – in his article in the New Statesman back in September 2004 he referred to the "enthused, informed debate" of HT study circles but in an article in the Independent on Sunday on 7 August 2005 these had become "indoctrination cells". His article said "Hizb ut-Tahrir is a real threat to society"; not at all his conclusion back in September 2004. It seems that his opportunism and attempt to use the Muslim community and groups to get up the career ladder knows no bounds.
Back to the interesting information…
On the 17th of September 2001, before the blood of the victims of 9/11 had even dried, Mr Malik posted the following heartless comment on the Indymedia website:
Worlds gone crazy
The world has gone crazy. 5000 businessmen and military personnel die and suddenly we are at war. With, whom? In what way? With a prime suspect who no one has any proof of guilt and who himself denies responsibility. More people die each day from starvation or bad water as a result of IMF loans yet were are all the three minute silences for them. Over 1.5 million children have died in Iraq as a direct result of the American imposed embargo. Which CNN viewer knows their suffering, much longer and much more painful?
It is sickening watching countries who poured vitriol on the U.S. in their daily papers for years, suddenly Kowtowing to it’s demands and sending in messages of condolences. It is disgusting watching the press of the supposedly “free and civilised” world printing such obvious propaganda and attempting to rile masses to whatever cause the Whitehouse may choose. Where are those questions like “why did this happen”? Why is the press simply Muslim bashing? Where’s all the reflection that’s supposed to happen at a time like this? Why is no one noticing what’s happening in Palestine?
Someone needs some sense right now. S.M.
He expresses these views that now seem at odds with the journalistic witch hunt he has been conducting in the Muslim community. Is he trying to "justify" these attacks by drawing comparisons to the number killed by the embargo in Iraq? He finds it sickening that countries are "sending in messages of condolences" – well would he rather these countries send messages of admiration – "serves you right"???
He finally asks "why is press simply Muslim bashing?" – Good question Mr Malik – we are waiting for an explanation from you for your "Muslim bashing".
The weird thing is that since the senior member of HT told me about this, it has now disappeared from the Indymedia site – the link is still there if you search for "shiv malik" on the main page, but is now inaccessible.
Any way, using the Wayback Machine, his views are still on there [be careful he may try and delete them] - http://web.archive.org/web/20041026051616/http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2001/09/11599.html
The Internet is such a wonderful thing!
May be Muslims should now start writing to the Editor of the Independent on Sunday [firstname.lastname@example.org] or the New Statesman [email@example.com]. Will we now start to see headlines that say "IoS journalist sacked for justifying 9/11"?
Will the real Shiv Malik please stand up!!??