The BBC News website goes on to tell readers that:
‘The North East Counter Terrorism Unit, which is investigating, said two of the suspects were aged 25 and the other 26.
‘The men are not in prison for terror-related offences, a spokeswoman said.’
Reading through the rest of the report there is no indication as to why this incident inside a prison is, in a highly unusual step, being investigated by counter terrorist police, and no explanation as to why a spokesman said the inmates were not in jail for terror-related offences. It’s all very curious. Well, curious until one casts their eye across other news media…
Even the Guardian refers to the reports that the hostage takers were Muslims but that the claim was unsubstantiated because the prison PR team had not said as much – despite the flood of information coming out of the prison via unofficial channels.
It is truly pathetic to see the BBC twisting itself into contortions without ‘outing’ Muslim extremists or Islamists when they stand accused a violent incident. It is worse than disingenuous to self censor and do everything possible to keep viewers, listeners and readers in ignorance of what is being reported everywhere else, simply because of the ‘sensitivity’ of identifying perpetrators of violent and criminal acts as Muslim – ironically the way they proudly identify themselves.
It is hard to feel anything other than contempt for the BBC.