A “torrent” of negative stories has been revealed by a study of the portrayal of Muslims and Islam in the British media, according to a report today.Research into one week’s news coverage showed that 91% of articles in national newspapers about Muslims were negative.
London mayor Ken Livingstone, who commissioned the study, said the findings were a “damning indictment” on the media and he urged editors and programme makers to review the way they portray Muslims.
“The overall picture presented by the media is that Islam is profoundly different from and a threat to the West,” he said.
“There is a scale of imbalance which no fair-minded person would think is right.”
Only 4% of the 352 articles studied last year were positive, he said.
Mr Livingstone told his weekly news conference that the findings showed a “hostile and scaremongering attitude” among the national media towards Islam and likened the coverage to the way the Left was attacked by national newspapers in the early 1980s.
“The charge is that there are virtually no positive or balanced images of Islam being portrayed,” he said.
“I think there is a demonisation of Islam going on which damages community relations and creates alarm among Muslims.”
Among the examples highlighted in the study was a report which claimed that Christmas was being banned in one area because it offended Muslims, which researchers said was “inaccurate and alarmist”.
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