The "inaccurate and misleading" depictions of Muslims and Islam in some British newspapers has fueled hostility, a senior official from the Muslim Council of Britain has told Anadolu Agency.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said various studies had shown that "the way that the media reports about Muslims makes a major impact on the atmosphere of hostility against Muslims in the society".

Versi cited police figures on rising hate crime in the country and said "a significant proportion of that or a proportion of that is because of the way that Muslims are understood or recognized or identified by wider society, and that is because of the way that the media portrays Muslims".

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