Elham Asaad Buaras
UK Government computers were used to edit Wikipedia page about veils, it has emerged, including a sentence which proclaimed that “all Muslims are terrorists”. According to the BBC two IP addresses used by Government computers were used to inappropriately edit more than a hundred entries.
A change made to the entry for “veil” in October 2006 added: “It should be noted that the word Veil, when the letters rearraged [sic], spells evil. “Since the Veil is mostly worn by Muslims, and all Muslims are terrorists (with the argument for this being that all terrorists have been Muslim), this fact should be dually [sic] noted by all.”
The comment was removed by Wikipedia six minutes later. Wikimedia UK spokesman Stevie Benton branded the vandalism “appalling” adding that the openness and scale of the online encyclopedia means that “vandalism does occasionally happen.”
The Cabinet Office echoed that sentiment. In a statement the Government said, “The amendments made to Wikipedia are sickening. The behaviour is in complete contravention of the Civil Service Code. It is entirely unacceptable. The Civil Service Code applies at all times, and we take breaches very seriously. We have already announced an investigation to examine offensive edits to Wikipedia, and will look at other concerns raised.”
Muslim Council of Britain’s Nasima Begum said: “It is these types of attitudes that create an unnecessary climate of fear and hostility. It is shocking and cause for great concern that inflammatory comments like these should be sent from someone within the Government.”