Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Inquiry on the role of UK media in the spread of islamophobia
The TV Islamic Channel is planning to set up an inquiry to investigate how British media cover Islamic and Muslim affairs, a sort of “Leveson inquiry” related to Islamophobia. According to a summer 2011 report commissioned by the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, British people considered media the first responsible for the creation of climate of fear against Islam in the UK. The purpose of the panel is to investigate the possible consequences of media coverage on social perception of Islam in the UK, and the repercussions of the government policy towards British Muslims. Islamic Channel broadcasts in English all across the UK, Europe and the MENA countries; its owner is Mohamed Ali Harrath, a Tunisian refugee.