Sacked Muslim reporter gets settlement

The Guardian has reached a confidential settlement with the trainee reporter sacked for being a member of an extremist Muslim group.

Dilpazier Aslam was sacked in July last year after the Independent on Sunday revealed that he was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir – a group that campaigns for the creation of a new Islamic caliphate based on strict Islamic principles, and which has been banned in Germany and the Netherlands.

Aslam had his contract terminated after he refused to resign from the group. The paper admitted it should have stated Aslam’s membership of the group when it published a comment piece written by him about British Muslims.

His unfair dismissal claim was due to go before an employment tribunal this month.

A Guardian Newspapers spokesman said: “No admission of liability by either side has been made, and the terms of the agreement will remain confidential.”

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