Express Changes Headline After Writing ‘£5 Note Could Be Banned as Not Halal’?!

On 2nd December 2016, the Express published an article with an outrageous and wholly inaccurate headline after Hindu leaders were outraged by the revelation that the new£5 note contains Tallow. The Express, though it doesn’t refer to Muslims in the article, published a sensationalist headline, New £5 notes could be BANNED by religious groups as Bank CAN’T promise they’re Halal’.

The Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, Miqdaad Versi, made a complaint to the paper, which later changed its headline and published a correction in January 2017, which reads:

‘This article was amended on 06 January 2017. The headline to the article originally said “New £5 notes could be BANNED by religious groups as BANK CAN’T PROMISE they’re Halal”. Whilst the article quoted concerns of Hindu faith leaders in fact it did not refer to other faith leaders of the Muslim, Jewish or Buddhist communities.  The use of the word ‘Halal’ in the headline was incorrect given the context of the article’.