The right-wing Sun columnist, Trevor Kavanagh, who has frequently been accused of Islamophobia, has stepped down as a board member at the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) after two years.
Kavanagh was forced to apologise to the board last year over a comment piece criticising Channel 4 News reader Fatima Manji at a time when she was pursuing a complaint against The Sun.
Later in the year he also apologised for using the term “The Muslim Problem” in an article about sex grooming gangs, but accused critics of a “concocted explosion of Labour and Islamic hysteria”.
IPSO chief executive Matt Tee said: “Trevor brought valuable knowledge of mass market newspapers in his two years on the Board. That insight is very important to IPSO’s work.”
Kavanagh was two years into a three-year contact when he stepped down at the end of last year.
IPSO, which is funded by the press itself, is seen by many as a toothless body which exists to shield the press from serious censor.