People's Assembly calls snap demonstration to take resistance to heart of right-wing media
Hundreds of protesters will descend on the Daily Mail’s headquarters in exclusive High Street Kensington on Sunday under the banner “Daily Mail Hates Britain.”
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity has organised the demonstration in response to the newspaper’s sickening smear of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s father Ralph.
Organiser and campaigner Owen Jones said: “A newspaper that once had the cheek to back Adolf Hitler and the Blackshirts has smeared Ralph Miliband, a Jewish refugee who fought the nazis for this country, as a ‘man who hated Britain’.
“But the reality is that it is the Daily Mail which hates Britain.
“They hate our proud institutions, like the NHS and the BBC.
“Their campaign of hatred has targeted women, public-sector workers, trade unionists, immigrants, Muslims, benefit claimants, travellers, and other vast swathes of our society.”
The Labour leader yesterday personally wrote to Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere to “reflect on the culture of your newspapers” after a Mail on Sunday journalist infiltrated a memorial event for his uncle at Guy’s Hospital.
Mr Miliband said his family were “appalled and shocked” after the journalist sought comments from them about his father being described as a man who “hated Britain.”
“Sending a reporter to my late uncle’s memorial crosses a line of common decency,” he wrote. “I believe it is a symptom of the culture and practices of both the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.
“You should conduct your own swift investigation into who was responsible at a senior level for this latest episode and also who is responsible for the culture and practices of these newspapers.”
Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig apologised and said that two journalists on the paper had been suspended pending a full investigation into “a terrible lapse of judgement.”
People’s Assembly secretary Sam Fairbairn added: “Miliband announces he’ll scrap the bedroom tax and freeze energy prices, the next day the Daily Mail launches a vicious personal attack on his father.”
Protesters will gather outside the Daily Mail’s offices in Derry St, London at 12noon on Sunday October 6.