The reporter, who was once made to dress up in a burqa, now accuses the paper of inciting racial tensions and Islamaphobia. “You may have heard the phrase the flap of a butterflys wings in Brazil sets off a tornado in Texas,” Peppiatt wrote to the proprietor, Richard Desmond, in a letter seen by the Guardian.
“Well, try this: The lies of a newspaper in London can get a blokes head caved-in down an alley in Bradford. If you cant see that words matter, you should go back to running porn magazines.”
Desmond’s media empire has included pornographic magazines and adult TV channels as well as Express newspapers, Channel 5 and celebrity magazines. Desmond has said he was not consulted before the decision to publish the front-page story and editorial about the EDL.
If you follow the link, you can read the letter in full.