Fox News apologises after Katie Hopkins calls for Muslim internment camps
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Wednesday June 07 2017
Fox News Channel has been forced to apologise for comments Katie Hopkins made on their show, Fox & Friends, during a guest appearance alongside Nigel Farage on Sunday.
The broadcaster called Hopkins’ remarks “reprehensible” after she argued 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 is considered to be the confinement or imprisonment of people – often in large groups – without trial.
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 also used during 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.
Hopkins disagreed with him, saying “We do need interment camps.”
Apologising for Hopkins’ and Farage’s 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 – a term 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 described her “a monstrous self-publicist” who “employs the most vile of thoughts and language in a desperate attempt to stay relevant and get noticed.”