Rupert Murdoch slammed for blaming Muslims in Paris attacks
Murdoch said Muslims should fight the “growing jihadist cancer” among the religion’s followers
Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch came under harsh criticism for saying that Muslims must bear the responsibility of the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris earlier this week.
The 21st Century Fox Chairman and CEO said on Twitter that Muslims should fight the “growing jihadist cancer” among the religion’s followers.
His remarks were made in the wake of the terror attacks in France at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people, among them were the newspaper’s journalists and cartoonists.
Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
“Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible," read Murdoch’s tweet.
He went on to say: "Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy."
His Twitter statements on Saturday morning got retweeted more than two thousand times.
But the tweets angered some of his followers, who criticized Murdoch for pointing fingers at the Islamic religion and holding it responsible for the actions of a minority of extremists.
On Friday, French authorities neutralized three men suspected of the deadly Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last Wednesday.
Forces were on the run to hunt the wanted men, a process that led to two hostage drama incidents, and resulted in more casualties.