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Op-Ed: Thomas Mair the man accused of the killing of young mother of two and Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox has been in the news this week.
Three-days-ago in these politically correct days IPSO reported their decision that it was OK that some in the media had called Mair a ‘Brexit Nut.’
ImediaEthics reported “300 people complained to the UK press regulator after the Daily Star called the person who killed Parliament member Jo Cox a “Brexit nut.” That is, the person was in favour of Brexit, the term for Britain to leave the European Union (which Britain voted to do earlier this year)."
Jo Cox, 41, was killed on the streets of her constituency the day that UKIP and Nigel Farage launched a divisive and incorrect Brexit campaign poster regarding migrants to the UK.
That report continues “The Star‘s June 17 headline was “Labour MP dead after attack by Brexit Nut.”“Complainants said that the headline of the article was inaccurate because there was no information to suggest that the alleged attacker was a Brexit supporter, and that the attack was ‘Brexit-motivated’,” IPSO reported. The Star argued it was fair to report the killer was pro-Brexit because witnesses heard him say “Britain first,” and Cox was pro-EU. “The newspaper believed that the attack was politically motivated and wanted to convey the alleged attacker’s ideology on the front page,” IPSO said
The shout of “Britain First” was however disputed.
But IPSO concluded the terminology was fair in light of the information known at the time.
Tuesday Mair, 53, appeared in court via viedo-link but refused to speak when asked to enter pleas.
He spoke only to confirm his name.
“He was asked to answer charges that he killed Mrs Cox, 41, outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on June 26. Mr Mair, who is alleged to have shot and stabbed her, faces four charges which are being treated by the court as terror-related offences. He appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Belmarsh prison in south-east London and spoke to confirm his name.”
As Mair refused to speak the judge ordered that not guilty pleas should be entered on his behalf.
Judge Mr Justice Wilkie then adjourned the case for a further hearing on October 28 and set a provisional date for a four-week trial as November 14.
Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed on the steps of her local library after her weekly surgery had ended at around 1pm GMT June 16. Later it was revealed she quickly died. It was one week or so ahead of the EU referendum and her 42nd birthday.
Jo, who was elected MP for Batley and Spen at the 2015 May General Election, was about to attend a constituency surgery when she was killed.
Thomas Mair is accused of murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon - a dagger.
RIP Jo Cox born Jun2 22, 1974, died June 16, 2016.
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