Posts Tagged: Muslim

Kelvin Mackenzie and Islamophobia

Nearly two weeks ago, on Bastille Day, the city of Nice was attacked; 84 people were killed and 303 people injured. The killer was a divorced, father of three named Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel. Born in Tunisia, he later immigrated to France, settling in Nice, in 2005, where he worked as a delivery-truck driver. Four days after the …

Uniting against hate

On Sunday, the worst mass shooting in modern America history took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida when 50 innocent people were killed by a man driven by nothing but hate. The Internet has been overflowing with articles about the gunman, mainly about his religious identity even though he showed no signs of religious fanaticism and …

The challenge of institutional racism

Over a fortnight ago, an article was published in the Evening Standard titled ‘Nearly half of black and ethnic minority Londoners have faced racist abuse.’ If this statistic surprised anyone, it shouldn’t have. Yes, we have made progress in the fight against racism. Last month, Londoners voted to have a Mayor who is a practising Muslim …

Tackling forced marriage

In 2014, the Government introduced legislation that criminalised forced marriage under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  The law stipulates that anyone ‘forcing someone to marry can result in a sentence of up to 7 years in prison’ and that ‘disobeying a Forced Marriage Protection Order can result in a sentence of up to …

Active Muslim citizenship

Last month, the independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry found that The Sun newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice. The newspaper published an article on its front page with the headline ‘1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis’ after conducting a survey of British Muslims. The headline …

The threat is real: The rise of far-right extremism

A recent report titled ‘State of Hate’ published by advocacy organisation Hope not Hate revealed that far-right extremism is on the rise and urged the Government to address the changing nature of far-right organisations towards increased violence. Hope not Hate has conducted extensive research into far-right organisations such as Britain First and produced a pamphlet in 2014 …

The media needs to be fairer to British Muslims

The fact that British Muslims are depicted very negatively and stereotypically by some mainstream media outlets isn’t news to anyone. Most of the time when one opens the pages of the newspaper or scrolls down any mainstream news source Muslims seemingly are either bombing places or running off to Syria. Just in the last few …

Traumas of Forced Marriage

‘Muslim model, 24, is found hanged after fearing she was going to be forced into arranged marriage by her parents’  ‘The Hasidic woman … [who] killed herself suffered years of depression following her forced marriage to a first cousin’ These are just a few of the headlines from the media last month. The message is …

“A victory for every woman”

The victory of Nadiya Hussain, a Bangladeshi Muslim Brit, in the latest season of the Great British Bake Off did not come as a surprise to the avid fans of the show. However, the explosive media attention that followed Hussain’s win was unexpected. British Muslims have been slowly gaining positive visibility in the media such …

Misrepresentation of Muslims in the media

Following a complaint to the press regulation body IPSO, the Mail on Sunday has finally apologised for their inflammatory headline and article on “Muslim gang slashes tyres of immigration-raid van”. This article is one of a large number of occurrences, in which the usage of terms such as Islam or Muslims have been increasingly utilised …