- 36% of stories about British Muslims are about terrorism.
- 22% of stories are about religious and cultural differences between Islam and British culture or the West in general
- 11% of stories mentioned “Islamic” extremism .
- Indeed, 2008 was the first year in which the volume of stories about religious and cultural differences (32% of stories by 2008) overtook terrorism related stories (27% by 2008).
- Coverage of attacks on or problems facing Muslims, on the other hand, has steadily declined as a proportion of coverage.
- The bulk of coverage of British Muslims – around two thirds (around 70%) – focuses on Muslims as a threat (in relation to terrorism), a problem (in terms of differences in values) or both (Muslim extremism in general).
Report: “Images of Islam in the UK“
Authors: Kerry Moore, Paul Mason and Justin Lewis
Cardiff University – School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Published on: 7th July 2008