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The Media – Spreading News or Spreading Hate?

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Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

Left wing, right wing, wherever you may sit during our current political climate, there is no escaping the obvious media attention that surrounds faith, culture and race.

As an international entity since the 80’s, we’ve (mostly) strived for equality and acceptance. It is quite rare to find a mindless racist nowadays. However, with the recent chaos caused by ‘Daesh’, (a term used for ISIS which they hate) apparently in Allah’s name, how can a mourning, and angry nation overlook the fact that it is the Muslim faith that incites such terror and disgust. This is because it is not. The extremists you see and hear about on television are mindlessly following their own God. The Muslim community have voiced that they do not share the same God as ‘Daesh’, so it is publicly safe to say that Daesh’s ‘Allah’ (all be it made up entirely) is a bell-end and a delusional excuse to carry out their barbaric and filthy ways. If you are offended by this, then you must follow the same ‘Allah’, thus you must be a terrorist.

While people of the world kill one another, and innocent people in the process to prove whose ‘imaginary friend is best’, we must remember terrorism has always existed throughout history, however it is only in recent years that we have had the technology to broadcast such events (handpicked of course). The power of media plays such a crucial role in moulding a reader’s views, opinions and beliefs. From the UK, we are sheltered from the daily terror of war that sweeps across entire nations sitting outside the EU. We do not hear of the mis-justice and corruption, the sickening attacks on innocent woman and children, or the ‘terrorism’ that occurs every single day elsewhere. Now, I appreciate this. Otherwise our daily Metro would have to take out the horoscope section to squeeze in even more bad news, and the world would no doubt sink into a depressed hole of misery.

After the Paris attacks, it’s been interesting to read different views on social media. Mainly it’s split into the four types of people;

  • “F*ck you ISIS, I’ll find you, I’d like to see you have a go at me.”

( Sign away son.

  • “This happens all over the world, why are we only just taking note because it’s in Europe”.

Well Mr/Mrs do-gooder, I think you’ll find we live in Europe and you’ve never made a comment regarding Lebanon before.

  • “Blame everyone who is not white, they must be a terrorist”.

I’ll remind you of that when you’re buying a kebab and ordering a taxi after a night out.

  • “Batten down the hatches! Close the gates! Immigration must end!”

Does that mean I’m destined for a life of rain and cold, or am I allowed to emigrate?


Arguably though, how can we ignore the media when it’s plastered all over ‘our doorstep’?

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Now, I am not a person to pack up my life in Europe to fight ‘for justice’ on the plains of Africa or in the desert of Syria. Nor am I attempting to write an article that makes all those who read it think ‘Wow, this guy is right, now we know how to stop terror’, however here are a few media ‘facts’ that are quite interesting.

Muslims living in Britain have suffered more than 100 racial attacks since the terrorist atrocities in Paris, figures prepared for ministers reveal.

A report to the Government’s working group on anti-Muslim hatred, seen by The Independent, shows a spike in Islamophobic hate crime of more than 300 per cent, to 115, in the week following the killings on November 13 in France. Most victims of the UK hate crimes were Muslim girls and women aged from 14 to 45 in traditional Islamic dress. The perpetrators were mainly white males aged from 15 to35. The figures were compiled by the Tell Mama helpline, which records incidents of verbal and physical attacks on Muslims and mosques in the UK. They are likely to be a significant underestimate of the total, as many victims are too frightened to contact police or community groups. The report said a large number of the reported attacks were in public places, including on buses and trains. Thirty-four victims were women wearing the hijab, while eight involved young children. “The vast and overwhelming majority of the victims are visible Muslim women between the ages of 14-45,” the report states. “This is concerning since the cases show that women who wear the hijab are the ones being targeted for general abuse and threats.


Then again according to the SUN…

The Sun Front Page

The number among young Muslims aged 18-34 is even higher at one in four. The figures emerged in our exclusive poll conducted after the Paris atrocities led by French and Belgian jihadist returning from the war zone. Prominent Muslims said the poll was a wake-up call. Labour London Mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan told The Sun: “It is clear that Britain needs to take its head out of the sand and act to tackle extremism and radicalisation at home. Tackling extremism is a challenge for everyone but I believe British Muslims have a special role to play.”

The survey’s findings show a clear majority of the 2.7million Brits who follow Islam are moderate. Some 38 per cent of those polled say Muslims should not have to condemn terror acts carried out by IS.

Omar Elhamdoon, of the Muslim Association of Britain, said: “When we do condemn the acts it is maybe indirectly saying we are taking responsibility, and owning the problem when it is nothing to do with us. They are not representing Islam.” But the Muslim Association of Britain admitted any level of support is concerning. It spoke out after an exclusive Sun survey found 19 per cent of UK Muslims do have some sympathy with those like barbaric Jihadi John who flee to Syria.


Mr Elhamdoon said after the figures were revealed: “Those who do have sympathy have a warped understanding of what is happening out there. “We have heard of people going out to Syria, who have then returned. They have probably become disillusioned with what they have seen and missed the comforts of Britain. That is an assumption we make.”

Some 2.7 million Muslims live in Britain, the 2011 census says. If the poll reflected views across the country it would mean 500,000 have some support for jihadist. Some 17 per cent in the poll said their religion is more important to them than being British. The survey also found 38 per cent, which would equate to more than a million people, blame the actions of the West, such as the invasion of Iraq, for IS’s attacks. A further six per cent say the biggest cause is poverty and discrimination against Muslims. Mr Elhamdoon was not surprised by the 38 per cent figure. He said: “There are people who see what happens from Britain in other countries and they will be angered. Some of those then have a tendency to be radicalised. This could result in them them going out to do something or just by having those feelings.”

Only 25 per cent of Muslims say it is IS leaders who exploit vulnerable minds who are most to blame for its reign of terror. And just 30 per cent say their leaders need to do more to condemn IS. A small majority still say speaking out against bloodbaths such as Paris and the 7/7 attacks is their responsibility. Bashir Chaudhry, chairman of the League of British Muslims, said that figure should be higher. He added: “This is not in the name of Islam. This violence is killing people. This so called IS are a farce, they are destroying the peace of the world. “In Islamic philosophy you cannot even take your own life, let alone someone else’s.”

– THE poll was a telephone survey carried out by polling company Survation for The Sun, with a representative sample size of 1,003


I’d like to see the proof in these ‘facts’, and it doesn’t take a Sherlock to fathom which wing the author proudly sits on.

So, in a nut shell what have we learnt? Nothing is the answer, just mindless facts to generate more hate, and damning statistics highlighting that the world hates each-other that little bit more. So what do we need to do?

Just stop fu*king killing people.