Offensive Articles on Islam May Have Been Authored by Senior Press Officer of British Council

August 6, 2004

Source: The Guardian,3604,1277423,00.html

On August 6, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Muslim groups and individuals have flooded the British Council with complaints after learning that one of its senior press officers allegedly wrote controversial Sunday Telegraph articles attacking 'the black heart of Islam.' The government-funded body, which recently commissioned a handbook on Islam 'to prevent ignorant comments about Muslims being made in [the] national press,' has suspended Harry Cummins while it investigates the claims, which were first disclosed in the Guardian Diary. He denies writing the articles, which have prompted calls for the Press Complaints Commission to intervene. They appeared under the byline 'Will Cummins,' which the Sunday Telegraph later described as a pseudonym. Muslim organisations say the comment pieces incite racial and religious hatred, and the British Council describes the articles as deeply offensive...'Will Cummins' has compared Muslims to Nazis and argued that Muslim voters have a 'global jihadi agenda.' One of his articles states: 'All Muslims, like all dogs, share certain characteristics.' Another argues: 'It is the black heart of Islam, not its black face, to which millions object.'"