Thursday, 5 January 2012

For those outside of Britain, the Leveson inquiry is a commission looking into the practices of British newspapers. It was provoked by the revelation that some newspapers had been systematically hacking into people's phones to read their messages and get scoops.
An "alternative Leveson inquiry" is being set up by an Islamic TV channel in order to investigate the way in which British media report on Muslim and Islamic affairs.

The Islam Channel is planning to appoint a judge with an independent panel of assessors - just like Leveson - to carry out the inquiry.

Its springboard was a public opinion poll which found that people believe the media are responsible for "whipping up a climate of fear of Islam in the UK."

The poll, by ComRes, was published in July, the month in which the Leveson inquiry was instituted.

According to its findings, people are twice as likely to say the media is to blame for Islamophobia (29%) than far-right groups (13%), or Muslims themselves, whether abroad (14%) or in the UK (11%).

The Alternative Leveson will examine the possible causal effect between media coverage and social attitudes towards Muslims. It will also assess any links between media coverage and subsequent government policy.

It will ask editors and journalists to give evidence along with people who believe they have been victims of prejudiced media coverage.

One reporter who might well be asked to appear is Richard Peppiatt who told the Leveson inquiry that his former paper, the Daily Star, published anti-Muslim propaganda.

An initial meeting to discuss the establishment of a panel will be held on Monday afternoon at the Islam channel's headquarters in the City of London .

The channel, launched in 2004 is broadcast in English by satellite (channel 813) and broadcasts across Europe, the Middle East and north Africa.

It is owned by Mohamed Ali Harrath, a refugee from Tunisia who, following the Arab spring, returned to his country for a visit in February after 21 years in exile.
Source: The Guardian

A couple of years ago a report found that the Islam Channel itself was guilty of "extremism". It will be interesting to see whether British hacks cooperate with this inquiry. My guess is that many of them will, thus lending their imprimatur to Islamic radicalism.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If only.

If only the media actually reported what really goes on with regard to what the 'peaceful ones' do elsewhere on this planet.

DP111 said...

Meanwhile Christians in Muslim nations are being murdered, Christian girls abducted and forcibly married off to Muslims, and Christians, once a majority are being driven out. All being done by Muslims with sanction from imams, the koran, and the example of mohammed.

Does the MSM have anything to say?

Irfan Raja said...

I am investigating this topic for my Phd and I would be grateful If I could be posted updates on the subject...

kind regards and many thanks

Irfan
i.raja@hud.ac.uk

Irfan Raja said...

I am investigating this topic for my Phd and I would be grateful If I could be posted updates on the subject...

kind regards and many thanks

Irfan
i.raja@hud.ac.uk

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