A pro-Union newspaper has been slammed after an article headline appeared to call for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s execution.
The Telegraph newspaper article called the SNP leader a ‘liar and a traitor’ before proclaiming ‘off with her head’.
The wording of the headline brought condemnation from politicians and other journalists and comes only days after it emerged police were investigating death threats against Ms Sturgeon.
Party colleague Roseanna Cunningham tweeted: “There’s very little point in railing against abuse on social media when the mainstream media sees nothing wrong in this.”
SNP MSP Christina McKelvie tweeted: “disgusting and dangerous…”
Others who criticised the newspaper included Daily Record political editor David Clegg who tweeted: “Mistakes happen online but this is extraordinarily ill judged when the police are investigating death threats.”
The writer of the article, Allison Pearson, only days earlier had claimed Nicola Sturgeon, by announcing an indyref2 vote for Holyrood, had signed her own death warrant.
This weekend the Sunday Herald newspaper revealed that police are investigating death threats made against Scotland’s First Minister. Scores of threats were posted on social media site Twitter by British Nationalists.
One wrote: “A f**king hate Nicola Sturgeon, wish someone would shoot the daft jock b*****d”
Another said: “the quicker that sturgeon thing is assassinated the better …”
A third tweet read: “I’d like to see Nicola Sturgeon set on fire. The Jimmy Krankie c**t.”
Some of the threats have coincided with what has been described by some people as inflammatory rhetoric by Unionists politicians amid concerns over a second independence referendum. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson was recently criticised after she appeared to compare the independence referendum with a civil war.
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