PUBLIC SECTOR: Luton council PR campaign stems pro-Taliban focus

Luton Borough Council has launched a PR offensive to divert

international media interest from pro-Taliban and anti-US Muslims in the

area.



The step was taken after two Luton men, Afzal Munir and Aftab Manzoor,

were killed last month in Afghanistan, allegedly fighting for the

Taliban.



The incident prompted enquiries from a host of international news media,

such as the Dallas Morning News, Wall Street Journal and CNN.



The campaign, called 'Keep the Faith', involves Muslim community leaders

and police teaming up with the council to give out united messages of

condemnation of terrorism and pro-Taliban sentiments.



Ethnic minorities make up 23 per cent of Luton's 180,000 population.



The town's bid for elevation to city status - to be decided upon next

year - emphasises Luton's multi-cultural heritage.



Earlier this year, Oldham and Bradford councils undertook similar race

relations PR work, in response to rioting.



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