London, UK, September 11 – Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, the non-violent Islamic political party, rejects outright allegations in today's Independent on Sunday that its members are "infiltrating" top British companies, that members are encouraged to take up military training "to prepare for Jihad", or that the party radicalises Muslims to the point "where they attract the attention of terrorist recruiters". In contravention of the Press Complaints Commission's Code of Practice and despite our clear denial of these serious allegations in an interview with the article's author, the newspaper chose not to make our response to these allegations clear.
The article is the latest in a series of attacks by some in the media on Muslim groups and organisations including Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Muslim Association of Britain, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Islamic Foundation, Islamic Forum Europe, the Ramadhan Foundation and the Islamic Society of Britain. It follows on from an article in last week's Independent on Sunday that was exposed as a complete fabrication when the Federation of Student Islamic Societies [FOSIS] issued a press release confirming that comments attributed to it about Hizb ut-Tahrir had been fabricated.
Dr Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "We completely reject these allegations. I have written to the editor of the Independent on Sunday to ask for an urgent meeting to discuss these articles. Journalists have a responsibility to the public at large to report the facts and not mere conjecture or hearsay; this is particularly the case when an atmosphere of hysteria has been whipped up around the Muslim community."
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The letter from Dr Imran Waheed to the Editor of the Independent on Sunday can be found at: