Show Racism the Red Card commends the efforts of the Northumbria Police force to quickly and effectively act against recent incidents of racism on Twitter.
Show Racism the Red Card commends the efforts of the Northumbria Police force to quickly and effectively act against recent incidents of racism on Twitter. As an organisation, we recognise that using social media is a growing platform for bullying and discrimination of all forms.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:
"I am pleased that Northumbria Police are conveying such a strong message of condemnation and hope their firm and positive message will now help young people to feel confident in reporting abuse of this nature.
"Racism is always unacceptable and it is important that we work hard to ensure that social media does not provide platforms where people feel free to abuse others."
The topic of online abuse is something that Show Racism the Red Card will address in our new film combatting Homophobia, and we are increasingly looking to educate young people about this.
Article by Lisa Hutchinson, The Chronicle:
POLICE are today questioning a man who is believed to have posted a vile slur on Twitter aimed at Newcastle United.
Officers received a flurry of complaints after a user on the social networking site posted the comments just as the club was poised to unveil Senegal international striker Papiss Cisse.
The racist remark focussed on the number of black players the club has in its squad.
Today Newcastle United issued a statement condemning the comments, which were made from an account which was later deleted.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “We have received a report of racist comments made on Twitter. Northumbria Police takes all reports of racist abuse very seriously and inquiries are being conducted.
“A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and he is being held in custody.”
A spokesman for the NUFC said: “Newcastle United are appalled by the racist comments made on Twitter in reference to the club and its players.
“Newcastle United has a zero tolerance approach to racism and will be working with Northumbria Police to identify those responsible for such abhorrent remarks.”
Police confirmed they were contacted “numerous times” from around 6pm yesterday evening.
Members of the public also contacted the force via email to express their disgust. Other Twitter users were quick to condemn the comments.
One user, Rebecca Langmaid, posted: “Can’t believe its 2012 and you have people saying that.”
The news comes just a week after a student from Newcastle was charged over racist comments allegedly made towards former Premier League star and pundit Stan Collymore.
Joshua Cryer, of Jesmond, was charged with two public order offences after the retired footballer called the police over comments, which were also posted on Twitter.
Collymore, 40, contacted police in Staffordshire earlier this month after he was allegedly sent two tweets by the 21-year-old, who is believed to a be a law student. Cryer was arrested and charged by Northumbria Police and is due to appear before magistrates on January 23.
In November there was outrage when Newcastle striker Sammy Ameobi received racist abuse on Twitter.
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