British MP slain, media avoid the ‘terrorism’ label

A member of the British parliament was slain today, apparently because she was campaigning to keep the UK in the European Union, yet none of the media called it an act of terrorism, nor labeled her killer a terrorist.

Maybe that’s because as he was committing the killing, the murderer called out the name of an Islamophobic organization campaigning in support of the Brexit, the proposed UK exit of the European Union, in the upcoming 23 June referendum.

We examined a dozen different papers in the Europe and the U.S., a none uised the T-word.

We suspect that had he been a Muslim and called out the names of ISIS, Hezbollah, or Al Qaeda, no such reluctance would have been involved.

The Guardian reports on the killing:

The Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being shot and stabbed multiple times following a constituency meeting.

Armed officers responded to the attack near a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday afternoon. A 52-year-old man was arrested in the area, police confirmed. The suspect was named locally as Tommy Mair.

Police added that Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, had suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday by a doctor with paramedics at the scene.

Police also confirmed a man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby suffered slight injuries in the incident. They are also investigating reports that the suspect shouted “Britain first”, a possible reference to the far-right political party of that name, as he launched the attack.

More from the Washington Post:

Police officials in the northern English region of West Yorkshire said Jo Cox, a 41-year-old member of the center-left Labour Party who has been outspoken in advocating for civilian victims in Syria, was pronounced dead an hour after she was assaulted outside a library near the city of Leeds.

Police said they think that a 52-year-old man who was taken into custody was responsible for the attack, and they did not think there were accomplices.

Britain First is the name of a far-right group that stages provocative anti-Muslim demonstrations. Following Thursday’s attack, the organization posted a statement on its website denying involvement, and saying it “would never encourage behavior of this sort.”

And more on the Brexit campaign from Agence France-Presse:

The attack halted a frantic day of campaigning, as two new opinion polls indicated that more Britons now want to leave the EU than want to stay.

If they prove correct, Britain would become the first country in the nearly six-decade history of the bloc to leave.


The looming prospect of a Brexit has sparked volatility in the financial markets and sent the pound plunging, and prompted interventions from a number of EU leaders.

“I know it’s very difficult for us to be optimistic today, we know the latest polls,” EU President Donald Tusk said on a visit to Helsinki.

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