posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 03:19 PM
This exclusive story is based upon the 'thread' "Knife metaphor abuse - effective incitement to commit knife crime dispute with DMGT plc / Daily
Mail newspaper and group", which is on the 'Stop Knife Crime.... NOW!' board on Facebook.
IS THE DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER GUILTY OF INCITEMENT TO MURDER,
ON VAST NUMBER OF OCCASIONS?
On the same day that Commander Brian Paddick launched the "softly softly" cannabis experiment in North Lambeth, London, in July 2001, the Daily Mail
front page headline was
"KNIVES ARE OUT FOR GORDON BROWN".
Between this date and May 1st 2009, the Daily Mail and it's associated group of newspaper used these "knife metaphor cacophemisms" on over 150
occasions. To give more examples, on January 8th 2006, the Mail on Sunday ran the page 3 headline:-
"NOW THEY WILL STAB HIM IN THE FRONT".
On the 7th December 2006, the London Evening Standard printed an article headlined:-
"KNIVES COME OUT FOR MICHAEL GRADE." On the 1st May 2009 the Daily Mail newspaper printed on page 11 "AFTER A WEEK TO FORGET, THE KNIVES ARE
The Daily Mail also printed 3 double-page spread headlines:- "WHO WILL WIELD THE KNIFE?", "KNIVES COME OUT.." and "KNIVES COME OUT AGAIN..",
I first started writing to Mr. Dacre, Chief Editor for Daily Mail group in 2001 to urge him to stop using knife cacophemisms - often by Special
Delivery post, so as to prevent resultant knife crime due to uneducated, violent youngsters' literal misinterpretation, and also the catalyst effect
to those with a very serious mental condition. Significantly, in 2001, each time I wrote, the Daily Mail would use knife cacophemisms even more,
sometimes on a weekly basis. And on a weekly basis, people were being murdered with knives. Testimony was sent in 2006 (from a criminal) that these
headlines would lead to knife crime. Finally in 2006, the Managing Editor of the newspaper assured that the cacophemisms would not further be used,
after a brief break - the newspaper resumed using "knives are out" cacophemisms. The Chief Executive of DMGT plc was sent a cease and desist letter
on June 22nd, requesting immediate cessation of use of knife cacophemisms in the interests of prevention of violence.
In September of 2008 my business paid for a one-off £1,800 "open letter" advertisement in the Times newspaper, yet again complaining about these
violent headlines, and now pointing out the fact that I had spoken to 3 individuals who had cited The Daily Mail headline's for their knife crimes
(these particular individuals had not commited murder incidentally).
However, at 8pm the evening before publication, the Managing Editor of the Times newspaper phoned to say that the open letter had been pulled because
the Times felt that Mr. Dacre should be given a chance to defend these allegations. I was assured that Paul Dacre would telephone me - he never did,
he got his deputy to, who proceeded to defend the newspaper as best he could. However, the use of knife cacophemisms STILL continued.
This newspaper company has ceased since June 22nd to use knife cacophemisms as headlines, however subsequent to the cease and desist letter they have
now put knife cacophemisms into article text (on July 26th) as follows verbatim:- "In the wake of the credit crunch, however, the knives are
If the case is fully proven, I will seek a very substantial charity donation from Associated Newspapers Ltd. If DMGT will not co-operate, I will need
to invoke corporate incitement to murder legal action.
There has been a massive reduction in UK knife crime since the Daily Mail were asked to stop printing "Knives are out" / "Knives come out" ! Other
newspaper editors were telephoned in early July to request ceasing use of knife metaphors.