On 7th September 2009, Quilliam issued the following media briefing:
Following the BBC’s decision to invite Nick Griffin, the leader of British National Party, on Question Time, Quilliam urges relevant politicians and media producers/ editors to ensure that Griffin’s racist propaganda is adequately challenged. Griffin’s media appearances should be seen as an opportunity to publicly refute his arguments and thereby undermine support for his views, while also upholding Britain’s democratic and liberal values.
In response to the BNP’s increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric, Quilliam has produced a briefing paper examining and refuting the party’s 10 main charges against British Muslims.
This paper, In Defence of British Muslims: A response to BNP racist propaganda is available online here.
Lucy James, a research fellow at Quilliam and the author of the paper, says:
“Nick Griffin and his party’s demonization of British Muslims is based on factual inaccuracies and an ignorance of history. As such, they are not difficult to refute. British politicians, rather than shying away from the BNP, need to arm themselves intellectually against the BNP and publicly challenge their ideology. Question Time is the perfect opportunity in which to do so. If our politicians really believe that Griffin is wrong, they should have the courage to publicly challenge his views.”