Posts Tagged: Hate Crime

Sajda Mughal featured in Guardian Outspoken series

Sajda Mughal featured in Guardian Outspoken series

7/7 survivor and JAN Trust CEO, Sajda Mughal OBE, has been featured in The Guardian as part of their Outspoken series to mark the newspaper’s 200th birthday. Read more here or below.   After the tube she was commuting on was blown up, Mughal’s life changed for ever. A Muslim herself, she was horrified to …

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

Recently, there has been an increase in reported cases of members of the armed forces or police being found to have engaged in racism or extremism. Historically, the security forces — in this piece, referring collectively to the military and police — have had a complicated relationship with minority communities. Whilst this is a general …

Facebook’s Oversight Board: long-awaited accountability or smokescreen for culpability?

Facebook’s Oversight Board: long-awaited accountability or smokescreen for culpability?

How trusting or sceptical should we be of Facebook’s Oversight Board and its decisions? In response to years of criticisms of its algorithms and decisions on what content should be allowed, Facebook established its own Oversight Board, as a sort of independent appeals body that would review past controversial decisions and publish fully transparent decisions. …

The spike in anti-Asian hate crime

The spike in anti-Asian hate crime

Anti-Asian hate crime has drastically risen since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Many activists have claimed that this rise in such hate crimes is due to the false yet incredibly widespread belief that Asian people are responsible for spreading the coronavirus. As a result, many from the East Asian community report feeling incredibly unsafe …

Are social media giants truly not taking a stance?

Are social media giants truly not taking a stance?

For the past couple of years, social media, their encryption laws, and illicit and defamatory content have been a subject of conversation. With Facebook’s very close scrutiny to scandals surrounding Telegram and its role in the 6th of January coup, this blog will assess how, by allowing certain content on their platforms, social media giants …

Narratives blaming minorities for spreading Covid-19 are not new — instead, they reflect a wider pattern of scapegoating

Narratives blaming minorities for spreading Covid-19 are not new — instead, they reflect a wider pattern of scapegoating

Blaming marginalised communities for society’s problems deflects attention away from where it is needed. The Covid-19 pandemic has birthed a dangerous cocktail of anxiety, conspiracy theories, and racism. The UK witnessed a sharp rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the pandemic’s initial stages, in direct response to narratives describing Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus”. Fake …