91% des articles de nouvelles portant sur les Musulmans en présentent une image négative

Media report reveals ‘torrent’ of negative Muslim stories
Pam Caulfield

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 ».

The report said that Muslims in Britain were depicted as a threat to traditional British values.

Alternative world views or opinions were not mentioned and facts were frequently distorted, exaggerated or over-simplified, said the report.

The researchers said that the coverage weakened government attempts to reduce and prevent extremism.

A separate opinion poll published by Mr Livingstone today showed that Muslims in London were more likely to feel « British » in their attitudes than other members of the community.

More Muslims were proud of their local area compared with other members of the public.

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