Press statement: Stop Funding Hate condemns Daily Mail attacks on supporters

In recent days, Stop Funding Hate supporters have been subjected to misleading, personalised attacks by elements of the UK media, simply for exercising our right to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

On social media, Stop Funding Hate has received personalised abuse, and, in some cases, violent threats.

We encourage everyone who supports Stop Funding Hate to rise above the abuse, and not to respond in kind.

We will not be silenced by this behaviour. We will continue to challenge hostile and discriminatory media coverage, and to share information with the public about the companies that advertise in the Daily Mail, Sun and Daily Express.

We condemn attempts by the Daily Mail and others to delegitimise peaceful protest by characterising polite consumer engagement as “sinister” and “bullying”.

For the avoidance of doubt, Stop Funding Hate is a non-partisan human rights campaign focussed solely on the issues of hate speech, media hate and discrimination.

Stop Funding Hate is not linked to, or aligned to, any political party. We are funded by voluntary donations from thousands of members of the public.

Our long term goal is a media free from hatred and discrimination, that does the job everyone wants it to do: Reporting accurately and fairly, and upholding the public interest rather than undermining it.

We have no position on any other issue.

We were honoured to receive the Jo Cox Award on behalf of our supporters at this year’s National No2H8 Crime Awards.

We are proud to have supporters from a wide range of backgrounds and political viewpoints, including many people who do not think of themselves as especially “political”. We welcome the support of everyone who shares our values.

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