The News Minute | January 15, 2015 | 5.30 pm IST
Five days after Aziz Ansari and J K Rowling strongly ridiculed his tweets about all Muslims being responsible for terrorist violence committed in the name of Islam, Rupert Murdoch has tried to explain his remarks.
On January 10, the head of NewsCorp, one of the largest, most powerful and most influential media companies in the world, Rupert Murdoch said that all Muslims must be held responsible for "jihadi cancer".
Since then, he has been flayed by people who follow him on Twitter, and also many well-known names in the western world such as Aziz Ansari and author J K Rowling, whose responses went viral on the internet.
Some time after this, it appears Rupert Murdoch felt the need to explain what he meant. Again, he took to twitter to respond:
Certainly did not mean all Muslims responsible for Paris attack. But Muslim community must debate and confront extremism.â€” Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 14, 2015
Tens of thousands of jihadi victims are Muslims and millions fighting back. But important for people of all faiths to address the threat.â€” Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 14, 2015
And then, two days ago, on the day of police officer Ahmed Merabet's funeral, he said:
Extraordinary scenes in Paris today, but do not forget the heroic sacrifice of Ahmed Merabet, Muslim police officer whose funeral was today.â€” Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 11, 2015