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).

Source

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
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