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Just briefly. I've actually published some of this research in a book which I co-edited called "Pointing the finger: Islam and Muslims in the British media" because I was very impressed with this research. The whole book really is about the representation of Islam and Muslims, it's more about the British press and the British media as a whole, and the picture which emerges I'm afraid is very, very much along the lines throughout the whole book of the rather grim picture that Ian has painted now, and one of the things that we did look at was, you know, mythological stories.

I'm sure you'll all be familiar with the story that Christmas has been banned because it offends Muslims and piggy banks have been banned because it offends Muslims and the terms BC and AD have been banned, you know. In fact, we got two Guardian journalists, Hugh Muir and Laura Smith, to actually investigate these stories and of course they turned out not just to be a bit exaggerated or a bit distorted, but completely and utterly untrue.

I do think it's quite shocking for people sometimes to discover that stories that newspapers publish are just quite simply not true, and of course, as you know, and Ian's just illustrated it, stories very easily bounce from one newspaper to another and then they become embroidered in a kind of process of Chinese whispers.

I'd be very happy to give the Inquiry a copy of this book, if you'd like it, because there's a great deal of empirical evidence and it also comes back to something which Angela mentioned this morning. Again, Hugh and Laura, who were major contributors to this book, interviewed a whole number of Muslim journalists working on newspapers, and again it was very, very interesting, not one of those journalists wanted to be identified. Not one. Which says an awful lot, I think, about the climate --

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