Extremists hijack Islam's imageThis incredible tripe sortof reminds me of The Onion's legendary "Crazed Palestinian Gunman angered by stereotypes" who (I paraphrase) "expressed frustration over the stereotyping of his people" and felt "hurt by the negative portrayal of my people in the media" because "none of us should have to live with stereotyping and ignorance."..."It hurts that in this supposedly enlightened day and age, people still make assumptions about other people...We should not rely on simple generalizations. Each crazed Palestinian gunman is an individual." He stressed that "he himself has often been unfairly stereotyped. "Any time I enter a crowded temple with fully loaded AK-47s in both hands, people just assume I'm going to open fire," he said. "That really hurts."
By Peter Feuilherade
BBC Monitoring, in Amsterdam
Western media were criticised for giving more airtime to extremists
The West's image of Islam has been hijacked by extremists, delegates at the recent News Xchange broadcasting conference in Amsterdam heard.
Debate was prompted by the results of a Kuwaiti government survey that found the depiction of Muslims in the US and European media was "typically stereotypical and negative".
Western media were criticised for giving more airtime to extremists
Several speakers concluded that the role of the media should be to understand and illustrate the complexity of the Islamic world, rather than dealing in such generalisations.
The session began with Chris Yalonis of Communique Partners presenting the findings of a new international survey, "Western perceptions about Islam and Muslims", which he carried out on behalf of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments) and Islamic Affairs.
He said there was a paradox between the perception by many Europeans of their Muslim neighbours and colleagues as "good people", while Muslims they see on television are often depicted as "terrorists".
Between March and August 2005 the survey team carried out more than 2,400 online interviews in Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the US. Their findings included:
- Muslims rated lowest in overall favourability among various religious groups.
- Ignorance of and lack of empathy with Islam is widespread.
- The portrayal of Arabs and Muslims varies according to the type of media, "but it is typically stereotypical and negative, although improving especially in certain prestigious news organisations".
- TV documentaries and news are the most influential media in influencing feelings about Arab Muslims, followed by newspapers.
- Nearly three-quarters of respondents believe that the media depicts Arab Muslims and Islam accurately only half the time, not often or never.
Trevor Mostyn, an analyst of European media interviewed by the survey team, said: "Television loves the image of the ugly, ferocious blood-curdling Muslims."
Articulate, "mainstream" Muslims are rarely seen on TV in Britain, Mostyn asserted.
The News Xchange session on "Reporting Islam" saw a passionate debate during which some Arab journalists complained that Muslims were frequently demonised in the Western media, while many European broadcasters stressed the need to avoid using inflammatory terms and to give airtime to moderate voices as well as extremists.
The World Trade Centre attack had a major impact on Islam's image
Abdul Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based paper al-Quds al-Arabi, complained of the West's coverage of the Muslim world, saying that when radical groups "hijacked" Islam, Western media simplistically depicted this as "Muslim terrorism".
He added: "Whatever we do, we are still rejected by the West... As a Muslim in Europe, which is supposed to be the continent of human rights, I am really frightened."
Wadah Khanfar, managing director of al-Jazeera, said many media and correspondents failed to differentiate between the Muslim religion and cultural tradition. He too agreed: "We should abandon simplistic coverage."
Feelings ran high when Ayan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch MP whose criticism of Islam sent her into hiding after the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, spoke.
She accused Arab journalists of seeing all problems as caused by some outside force, and said they should engage in more self-reflection.
Her remarks that "there is a total lack of freedom in the Arab and Islamic world", as well as "a lack of equality for and a culture of violence towards women", provoked angry denials and denunciations from many Arab and other journalists in the hall.
"Things are being done in the name of religion, but it's not good enough for the media to describe them simply as Islamic," concluded Phil Harding of BBC World Service, summing up what emerged as the majority consensus after a very heated discussion.
But seriously, and this IS a serious matter, what makes the Beeb's self-hating lemmings tick? So Muslims are rated lowest in overall favourability among various religious groups? Show me the list of terror acts Jesuits, Carmelite Nuns and Orthodox rabbis have lately performed. TV documentaries and news are the most influential media in influencing feelings about Arab Muslims, followed by newspapers? Yeah, so what? A picture speaks more than thousand words and people tend to get squeamish at gory pictures, at least when the chance that they will be hit themselves, increases.
One of those desktop terrorists even had the chuzpah to whine: "Whatever we do, we are still rejected by the West... As a Muslim in Europe, which is supposed to be the continent of human rights, I am really frightened."
As opposed to the Christians who are living happily and carefree in Muslim countries, of course.
And I'am glad that the girls that have been beheaded in Indonesia knew they had nothing to fear!
And IS there a paradox between the perception by many Europeans of their Muslim neighbours and colleagues as "good people", while Muslims they see on television are often depicted as "terrorists"? Yeah, "terrorists" in quotation marks! Remember how all the 9/11 mass muderers were liked by their neighbours in Bochum and Hamburg?
Articulate, "mainstream" Muslims are rarely seen on TV in Britain? That is true. On one hand because there ARE no articulate "mainstream" Muslims who would improve Islam's image in the West and on the other because articulate non-mainstream Muslims, like Hirsi Ali, have to hide because they have reasons to fear for their lifes.
Talking about Hirsi Ali, when her remarks that "there is a total lack of freedom in the Arab and Islamic world" and "a lack of equality for and a culture of violence towards women" were met by "angry denials and denunciations from many Arab and other journalists" it would have been high time to terminate that absurd and undignified spectacle. But that would have been intolerant, right?
And this really tops it all: "Ignorance of and lack of empathy with Islam is widespread." And that in the name of a religion, whose members are met with a sick and sickening, totally undeserved, suicidal tolerance in the West. Is the incident of the alleged Koran dessecrations about which the entire Western media got their knickers in a knot forgotten? Plus the fact that no Christians riot (and no Western medium gives a flying fornication) when Bible's are shred in Saudi Arabia om a regular basis? Did ANY of the self-hating Beeb boobs ever actually FOLLOW the Arab media, whose members they so cordially invited to take part in that absurd "debate"?
Click HERE for a taste of Al Jazeera and HERE of Al Arabya.
But what more do we need to know about the "religion of peace" than what it tells us itself? Scroll down for a real surprise!
|11/16/05||Afghanistan||Kandahar||3||6||At least three civilians are killed by a suicide car bomber.|
Another six are injured.
|11/16/05||India||Srinigar||6||48||Lashkar-e-Taiba sets off a car bomb in the heart of a business|
district, killing at least four people and injuring over
|11/16/05||India||Awantipora||2||3||Muslim militants attack a security convoy, killing two and|
|11/16/05||Thailand||Narathiwat||9||9||Four men, four women and one infant are slaughtered in their|
homes by ten Islamic militants with assault rifles.
|11/16/05||Thailand||Narathiwat||2||0||Two Buddhists are murdered by Muslim extremists in separate|
|11/15/05||Pakistan||Karachi||3||12||A firebomb goes off inside a fast-food restaurant, then a car|
bomb detonates nearby. Three people are killed and about a dozen
injured. (Identity unclear).
|11/15/05||India||Tangmarg||6||90||al-Arifeen claims responsibility for a grenade attack on a|
political rally. Six people are killed, including a 12-year-old, and
about ninety injured.
|11/15/05||Thailand||Narathiwat||1||0||A man working in a rice field is shot three times by two|
Islamists who stop him under the pretense of asking
|11/15/05||Afghanistan||Paktika||5||2||Five Afghan police are killed in a landmine attack by Taliban|
|11/15/05||Iraq||Kirkuk||7||3||Seven Iraqis are killed in two separate attacks by|
|11/15/05||Iraq||Baghdad||2||7||Two policemen are killed by a bomb. Two small girls are among|
|11/14/05||Afghanistan||Kabul||9||7||Two suicide bombings kill nine people and and injure seven|
|11/14/05||Iraq||Baghdad||2||3||Two South Africans are killed and three other foreigners wounded|
in a terrorist attack on their SUV.
|11/14/05||Thailand||Pattani||3||1||Islamists walk into a grocery store and murder the husband and|
wife owners. Their 10-year-old boy escapes. Two Buddhist highway
workers are shot in a separate attack.
|11/14/05||Iraq||Ramadi||6||30||Six civilians are killed when Jihadis bomb two passenger buses.|
Over thirty others are injured.
|11/14/05||Bangladesh||Jhalokathi||2||0||Jamatul Muhahideen extremists hurl a bomb at a car carrying two|
judges, killing them both.
|11/14/05||India||Srinigar||4||14||Islamic militants attack people in a business district, near|
hotels. Four people are killed and fourteen others injured.
|11/14/05||Iraq||Baghdad||3||4||At least three people are killed when Islamic terrorists|
detonate a roadside bomb in a busy commercial district.
|11/14/05||India||Gulbug Ratnipora||1||0||A 22-year-old woman is killed inside her home by the|
|11/13/05||Thailand||Pattani||3||0||Three civilians, including a teacher, are gunned down over the|
weekend by Muslim extremists.
|11/12/05||Afghanistan||Helmand||3||0||Three policemen are kidnapped by Taliban extremists, then shot|
to death in captivity.
|11/12/05||Iraq||Baghdad||8||12||At least one car bomb goes off in a marketplace, killing eight|
shoppers, including an 8-year-old girl.
|11/12/05||Philippines||Jolo Island||3||12||Three Flippino soldiers are killed in an ambush by Abu Sayyaf|
militants and the shootouts that follow.
|11/12/05||Iraq||Baghdad||4||1||Four bodies are found, tortured and bound, along with one|
|11/12/05||India||Raipora||2||3||A 16-year-old is among two people killed in an encounter with|
|11/11/05||Afghanistan||Khost||1||5||The Taliban attack a police station killing one officer and|
injuring five others.
|11/11/05||India||Pulwama||1||0||A congressional party activist is murdered by Muslim|
|11/11/05||Iraq||Omani Embassy||2||4||Drive-by shooting on the Oman embassy by Jihadis leaves two|
workers dead and four injured.
Thanks to The Religion of Peace for last weeks peaceful incidents!