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Reporter, who eclipsed Daily Star, alleges harassment


Claims to have received more than 30 abusive texts, emails, silent calls.

10th March 2011: Soon after a reporter put in his papers after blaming the Daily Star for taking sides against the Muslims, the police are probing allegations of harassment leveled by him.

journalist_keyboard.jpg Accusing the publication of printing fictional stories, the reporter has claimed he was resigning over "hatemongering" anti-Muslim propaganda.

In his resignation letter, Richard Peppiatt said he was moving out after the Star gave considerate coverage to the far-right English Defence League the previous month.

Peppiatt even agreed churning up a number of fictional stories on celebrities during his two years stint at the tabloid.

Made to dress up in a burqa, he has also accused the paper of stirring up racial tensions and Islamaphobia.

Peppiatt got in touch with the police alleging he had received more than 30 abusive texts, emails and silent calls.

Peppiatt alleged he has also received warnings such as: "I am going to meet u now, pepps" and "you’re now a marked man till the day you die – Oh dear".

As of now, the detectives are examining the messages and making attempts to establish their origin.

Peppiatt told the police circumstantial evidence indicated the "likely source" may be connected to the Daily Star newsroom. He has also expressed apprehension of his phone being hacked.

Reacting to the allegations, a spokesperson for Northern & Shell, which owns the Daily Star, said the staff had denied knowledge of any such incident.

In a letter seen by the Guardian, Peppiatt had earlier written to proprietor Richard Desmond: "You may have heard the phrase ‘the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil sets off a tornado in Texas’. Well, try this: The lies of a newspaper in London can get a bloke’s head caved-in down an alley in Bradford.’ If you can’t see that words matter, you should go back to running porn magazines."

The Daily Star, on the other hand, has rejected Peppiatt’s claims, implying in the process the reporter may be holding a grudge against the employer after being passed over for several staff positions.

The daily Star said regarding the paper’s coverage of Islam, the reporter never aired any disquiet over the tone. For the record, the Daily Star editorial policy does not hold any negativity towards Islam and the paper has never, and does not endorse, the EDL."

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