The Courier Mail’s assistant editor Des Houghton tweeted a picture of a London bus destroyed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in 2005 along with the hashtag #illridewithyou.
Houghton posted then deleted the tweet on the social networking site on Wednesday evening, using a picture of a bus destroyed by terrorists. It read: “I’ll walk thanks. #illridewithyou #sydneysiege #terrorism.”
The #illridewithyou hashtag came to international prominence following Monday’s attack on Sydney’s Lindt Cafe which left two hostages dead, and was started to engender a sense of unity around Australia.
The 7/7 suicide attacks on London’s transport network by Islamist terrorists killed 52 people and left 700 injured.
On the same evening as posting the picture Houghton took to Twitter to criticise the ABC for refusing to call gunman Man Haron Monis “a Muslim terrorist”.
Houghton also retweeted messages criticising the #illridewithyou movement, as well as the much-maligned message from News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch which praised his newspapers for capturing the “bloody outcome” of the siege.
Houghton could not be reached for comment at the time of publication, and News Corp has declined to comment.
Miranda Ward & Alex Hayes