Fox News apologises to viewers after Katie Hopkins calls for Muslim internment camps
Fox News Channel has been forced to apologise for comments Katie Hopkins made on their show, Fox & Friends, during a guest appearance alongside her like-minded peer Nigel Farage.
The American broadcaster has distanced itself from Hopkins and called her remarks “reprehensible” after she said that the UK should introduce drastic measures to tackle terrorism and send individuals, who have not committed a crime but are on “a list” to “internment camps”.
Internment camps were used to arrest 1,981 Irish people between 1971 and 1975, who were believed to have links to the IRA, and the measure was used during the Holocaust and times of war.
Hopkins insisted the UK should open internment camps now for suspected terrorists, when former UKIP leader Nigel debated the special measure and said he wasn’t convinced it was the right approach.
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The i reports that he said: “And if there is not action, the calls for internment will grow. We have 3,000 people on sort of a known terrorist list. And we’re watching their actions. But a further 20,000 people who are persons of interests, namely they’re linked by some way to extremist organisations. Unless we see the [government] getting tough, you will see public calls for those 3,000 to be arrested.”
Farage then added: “I’m not sure that that is the right approach, because the big danger with that is we might alienate decent, fair-minded Muslims in Britain.”
To which Hopkins disagreed and said: “We do need interment camps.”
Apologising for their comments later in the show, presenter Clayton Morris told viewers: “I think I made it well-known my feeling on that, which I find reprehensible, but on behalf of the network, I think all of us here find that idea reprehensible here at Fox News Channel. Just to be clear.”
Hopkins was forced to step down from her position at LBC last month when she tweeted that there should be a ‘final solution’ to the terrorist threat. The term was used by the Nazis to defend the Holocaust.
Her colleague at LBC, James O’Brien, later said that he felt immense “shame” for sharing a platform with her and called her “a monstrous self-publicist” who “employs the most vile of thoughts and language in a desperate attempt to stay relevant and get noticed.”
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