Published on Saturday, 29 September 2012 18:44 Written by Sonia Gable
More strange goings-on with Hope Not Hate’s seemingly jinxed Counter-Jihad report. Although, as I wrote on 16 August, I was given the runaround when I tried to buy a hard-copy version, a lot of the information was online on the HNH website anyway. Not any more. Front pages listing countries, individuals and organisations are there but mouse-clicking for the information produces only a “404 error” for page not found.
The hard copy report is no longer on sale: another “404 error” if you try. Not that I was ever sent the report when I did buy it by paying £10 to the HNH PayPal account, though I have recently acquired a copy “by other means”. Perhaps it will become valuable, like a sheet of postage stamps with a printing error.
When publication of the report was delayed initially, from mid-April to the first week in June – although inexplicably no copies were dispatched until July – we heard that the first print run had had to be pulped because of libel threats from up to three right-wing Christian organisations.
Now the whole thing is missing, suggesting something seriously wrong legally. And what of the HNH “Counter-Jihad Monitoring Unit”? Does it have any existence beyond a few blog postings by the usual three HNH writers? I think we – and those who funded this report – should be told.
Update at 21.10: The report has now come back online and is again available for sale, supposedly. Whether any of the information had to be “corrected” we cannot tell. We await developments.