The Image of Muslims in UK Media – stats

  • 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

Discrimination against Muslims rising!

us_department_stateInternational Religious Freedom Report, released on Monday 20th May 2013 and produced by the U.S. Department of State found that discrimination, harrassment and repression continued to rise against Muslims around the world.

Shia Muslims and Ahmadis were particulary targeted even within countries with Muslim majorities. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan, Indonesia (East Java).

The report which surveyed the 2012 events worldwide, noted that in Tunisia, Salafists attacked targets they deemed “un-Islamic,” such as a Russian Orthodox Church, synagogues, dozens of Sufi shrines, and Celebrations or gatherings they “associated with Shia Islam”.

View the full report in PDF format.