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Thursday 1 January 2015

Sia apologises for 'triggering' music video

The Australian pop singer Sia has apologised for the music video for her new single, ‘Elastic Heart’. Some have claimed that the video, which features 12-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler grappling with 28-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf in a cage, could be ‘triggering’ for victims of child abuse.

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Tuesday 30 December 2014

Katie Hopkins investigated over offensive tweets

Reality TV star Katie Hopkins is under investigation by Scottish police for tweets she posted about a Scottish nurse who recently contracted ebola. After Pauline Cafferkey was moved to a hospital in London, Hopkins tweeted: ‘Sending us ebola bombs in the form of sweaty Glaswegians just isn’t cricket.’ This was followed by: ‘Glaswegian ebola patient moved to London’s Royal Free Hospital. Not so independent when it matters most are we jocksville?’ Following a number of complaints from the public, Scottish police issued a statement saying they would ‘investigate any reports of offensive or criminal behaviour online and anyone found to be responsible will be robustly dealt with’.

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Monday 29 December 2014

Man arrested over anti-Islam YouTube video

A 19-year-old man from Leeds, UK, has been arrested for a ‘racially or religiously aggravated public-order offence’ after he posted a video on YouTube which showed someone tearing apart a Koran with their teeth before throwing it into a toilet and setting it alight.

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Friday 26 December 2014

Egypt bans ‘Zionist’ Hollywood film

Egypt has banned the new Hollywood epic Exodus: Gods and Kings because of its ‘Zionist’ content. The Egyptian culture minister, Gaber Asfour, said the Ridley Scott biblical epic ‘gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies’. Asfour said he was particularly angered by the film’s depiction of Hebrew slaves building the Pyramids of Giza. The move follows the film being banned in Morocco for featuring a depiction of god.

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Friday 19 December 2014

Geert Wilders to be prosecuted for anti-Moroccan remark

The Dutch authorities have decided to prosecute far-right politician Geert Wilders over comments he made at a political rally in March. At a rally in The Hague, which was in support of his Party for Freedom, Wilders asked his supporters if they wanted fewer Moroccans in the city, to which he responded: ‘We’ll take care of that.’ He has been charged with inciting racial hatred.

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