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Migrant Crisis: Daily Mail And The Sun Blasted For 'Sheer Hypocrisy' Over Drowned Aylan Kurdi Front Page

03/09/2015 12:55 | Updated 03 September 2015

Tabloid newspapers are being hounded by thousands of social media users for their sudden and apparent u-turn over the migration crisis that is sending tremors across Europe.

Thursday's editions of almost all the nationals splashed on an image of deceased toddler Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned during his mothers' plight to reach Greece from Turkey by sea.

Pictures of the boy were printed by two tabloid papers, complete with messages urging Prime Minister David Cameron to change tack over his refusal to match pledges from other European leaders to take in swathes of desperate asylum seekers fleeing their war-torn home nations.

The Daily Mail accompanied its front-and-centre picture of deceased Aylan with the caption: "Tiny victim of a human catastrophe".

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But many people were unimpressed with the Mail's heartfelt front page, calling its sympathetic message "sheer hypocrisy" in the light of previous splashes and editorials.

One person pointed out a drastic change in the paper's tone, highlighting the marked difference between Thursday's front page and that published less than a week before, in a post that garnered over two-and-a-half thousand retweets.

The earlier story focused on statistics issued by the ONS that showed net migration to Britain had hit over 330,000 - the highest figure on record.

But the Mail's front page just six days later, laden with a sympathetic picture showing Aylan's body, bemoaned him as a victim of the "migrant crisis engulfing Europe".

The Sun also came under fire for an apparent u-turn, hundreds of social media users lambasting the paper for having published sinister comments by its famed and contentious columnist, Katie Hopkins, in light of its editorial this week.

Hopkins wrote in The Sun in April: "NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad.

"I still don’t care."

Readers repeated her words back at the newspaper in light of Thursday's tragedy and accused Sun editors of "playing high horse in a crisis".

The backlash came as an online petition calling on the UK government to accept more refugees has topped the 100,000 signature threshold needed to force a debate in Parliament following a massive surge in support.

About 100 people a minute were signing up to the Government e-petition this morning, fuelled by the picture of a three-year-old boy washed up dead on a beach after attempting to escape Syrian.

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