Survey: 'government hasn't told truth about 7/7'
Updated on 04 June 2007
A quarter of Muslims polled think the authorities involved with staging the 7/7 London bombings.
It's a worrying picture that suggests a significant minority of British Muslims are alienated from the government and the security services.
A Channel 4 News survey of 500 British Muslims, carried out by GFK NOP, has found that nearly a quarter don't believe the four men identified as the London bombers were responsible for the attacks.
And a similar number say the government or the security services were involved. Nearly six in ten of those polled believe the government hasn't told the whole truth about the July the 7th bombings - and more than half say the intelligence services have made up evidence to convict terrorist suspects.
The findings come as Tony Blair told a London conference that the "true voice of Islam" needed to be heard - to isolate the extremists.
The Prime Minister went on to say that that most Muslims wanted to be "loyal citizens", despite the "disproportionate" public attention given to what he called "small, unrepresentative groups" of radicals. In this exclusive report,
Darshna Soni reveals the full findings of our survey - and talks to Muslims throughout England.
Channel 4 News, with GFK NOP, has commissioned a survey to reveal the Muslim community's attitudes towards the 'official narrative' surrounding the 7/7 bombings revealing that:
59% of the 500 people polled believe that the government has not told the public the whole truth about the 7th July bombings.
52% believe that the British security services have "made up" evidence to convict terrorist suspects.
24% believe the four men identified as the July 7th bombers were not actually responsible for the attacks.
68% believe that the Muslim community does not bear any responsibility for the emergence of extremists willing to attack UK targets. Although 58% felt that the community should be doing more.
Download the full survey here: Channel 4 News / GFK NOP Survey (Word doc)
We asked you to email in your thoughts on the matter, and your emails have been flooding in. Here are some of them:
"Well done Ch4 and thanks for bringing the survey and a number of important issues to the attention of the British public.
Do bear in mind many British non-Muslims also question the official version of 7/7."
"Why don't you ask the same question of non-Muslims? i.e. 'do you trust the authorities and the government?' - you might be surprised by the result, as its not only Muslims who no longer believe the Bliar government."
- Ted Newcomen
"I am a white female atheist and I don't believe the government has told us the whole truth about the 7/7 bombings. I don't believe the conspiracy theories either.
So, for this survey you could also have asked Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and atheists what they thought. I'd be prepared to bet that the answer to the question 'has the government told the truth about 7/7' would be broadly similar in all of those."
- Alice Porter, Hertfordshire
"I just wanted to say how gobsmacked I was with your 'piece'.
At least your website gives some links where people can go and research for themselves so I suppose I should congratulate you on that.
And I suppose I should thank you for reminding me to not even contemplate wasting a second of my time on the mainstream media. What must you tell yourselves?
Oh, Channel 4, where did it all go wrong?" - Nick
Obviously we have a situation where many Muslims are in denial and genuinely worried about the deteriorating climate of opinion amongst non-Muslims. Our courts have a number of Muslim barristers and lawyers and maybe even a Muslim judge or two?
These learned legal officials from the Muslim community MUST speak out without fear or favour and try to "scotch" the rumour mongers and conspiracy theorists. Who else will the doubting Muslims believe?"
- Alfred P. Bright.
"We think that it is highly reprehensible that Channel 4 News should give prime airtime, and thus credence and encouragement, to such a completely ludicrous theory that the British Govt and/or security services were somehow involved in planning the 7/7 London Tube bombings.
You might just as well say that the American Govt. planned to crash the planes into the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11."
- Peter Bell.
"I am growing heartily sick at the continuing denial of the muslim community to accept that there is an extremist element which has hijacked their community.
- Chris Davis
"Being a Muslim in the UK, I definitely see growing alienation, distrust and fear between Britain's Muslims and other people in the UK including the government. I think this applies both ways, and I also think this is one of the biggest root problems facing us and the rest of the world today.
I and many others don't believe in the conspiracy theories brought up in the programme, and I feel a bigger poll may be more representative. However, I fear that most people are tempted to use anything to cause separation these days.
The only way to combat this is, ironically, to build trust through the media. I appreciate the positive spin put on the poll results later in the programme, talking about the 75% who are like me. It's a shame, several people will have already taken on board the initial message given, intentionally or not, that many Muslims are paranoid, and therefore can't be trusted."
- Dr Munir Choudhury, Leeds
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