Rupert Murdoch has been heavily criticised for claiming Muslims must “recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer” or be "held responsible" after the Paris shootings at Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.
The News Corp boss took to Twitter at 2am on Saturday morning to claim Muslims “must be held responsible” hours after French police killed three Islamist hostage-takers at a Jewish supermarket and printing warehouse.
Four hostages were killed by gunman Amedy Coulibaly in the kosher store, who was suspected of fatally shooting a policewoman the day before. Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, who stormed the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and gunned down 12 people on Wednesday, were killed after holding a man hostage in the printing warehouse.
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
In a separate tweet, the 83-year-old appeared to defend his first post by writing: “Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US.
“Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.”
Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.; Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
His “dangerous” comments sparked a furious reaction on Twitter, with some Muslims suggesting he had insulted their faith by associating them with extremists. Others asked exactly how Muslims were supposed to be held responsible while they themselves were also victims of terrorism at the hands of jihadists.
Some argued that his reasoning would see the West and Christians be held to account for terrorism committed by extremist individuals.
@rupertmurdoch Am I to be held responsible for the rantings of octogenarian media moguls because we're both Caucasian?; Richard Robbins (@rich1) January 10, 2015
.@rupertmurdoch You should be ashamed of yourself.; richard pierce (@tettig) January 10, 2015
I think all of Australia should be held responsible for Rupert Murdoch.; Adil Ray (@adilray) January 10, 2015
Re PRT how are "moslems" supposed to destroy jihadis, when muslims are biggest victims of terrorism? @rupertmurdoch; Akeela Ahmed (@AkeelaAhmed) January 10, 2015
I don't hold all Australians responsible for Rupert Murdoch! pic.twitter.com/FEakMO1Ntw”; M Allen (@brockleyboyo) January 10, 2015
Rupert Murdoch holds all of Islam responsible for the madness of the few. This is the man who more or less controls 20m of our electorate.; Clayton Ravine (@samuelclayton) January 10, 2015
Many mocked the media mogul by suggesting Australia be held responsible for Murdoch’s comments.
Murdoch was also criticised for a tweet congratulating the Australian Daily Telegraph for being the first to report on the “bloody outcome” of the Sydney siege.Reuse content