On Sunday 12 April 2015, the Daily Mail conflated The Times newspaper’s recent baseless allegations about Hizb ut-Tahrir with its own fabricated claim that Waheed Ahmed, who was detained in Turkey in March 2015, was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. The Daily Mail also further dishonestly alleged that Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘may’ have been involved in the radicalisation of Mohammad Emwazi.
Commenting on the publication of this article, the media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, Taji Mustafa, said, “We reject the allegation that Hizb ut-Tahrir was in some way involved in the radicalisation of Mohammad Emwazi. Using the same warped rationale, are we to assume that Emwazi ‘may’ have been radicalised by the Mail journalist who has admitted extensive contact with Emwazi?”
“The previous allegations made by The Times was has been robustly rebutted and the Mail’s earlier allegation that Waheed Ahmed was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir has also been robustly rebutted and are not worthy of further attention.
“It is noteworthy that both publications chose to publish these allegations despite a lack of credible evidence and indeed a wealth of evidence to the contrary. This suggests that some in the media are increasingly keen to malign Hizb ut-Tahrir through the use of lies, rather than accurately depicting the non-violent political struggle of our activists across the world. It appears that such journalism supports the narrative of those politicians who advocate continued intervention in the Muslim world and the silencing of those in the Muslim community who speak out against colonialism and Western backed regimes in the Muslim world.”