Just wanted to get some ideas/advice about some negative media coverage on Islam. Yes it is common knowledge the media twist information but I am looking from the angle of what to do.
With Islam being portrayed in the media as mainly (say 95%?) negative NOW is the time for ALL Muslims to counteract
this threat. So, I complained to the BBC recently about a programme and this was their reply:
Thank you for your e-mail regarding 'Daily Politics' on BBC Two on 1 April.
I understand you felt the term 'Islamic Terrorist' should not have been used as you feel it could give the wrong impression to less informed viewers.
May I assure you that the language and terminology used in our programmes is an important consideration. The BBC has an obligation to be impartial, independent and accurate. For this reason, we use neutral language to describe news events, particularly in complex situations such as the Middle East where any appearance of bias would undermine our credibility.
Phrases regularly used by our presenters, particularly on contentious issues such as religion and terrorism are closely monitored for the above mentioned reasons and would not be used if we felt they were inaccurate or inappropriate. However, as we only have direct jurisdiction over the speech of our own members of staff it is not always easy to regulate what guests or contributors say.
Nevertheless, I would like to assure you that we have registered your comments on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC, and also their senior management. It ensures that your points, and all other comments we receive, are circulated and considered across the BBC.
Thank you again for contacting the BBC.
I also pasted a link to this excellent article in my complaint:
I complained that the terms Islamic Terrorist/Terrorism are oxymoronic (they are nonsensical like saying 'hot ice cream'). If you read their reply above it seems they have just fobbed off everything I complained about. They say:
"The BBC has an obligation to be impartial, independent and accurate. For this reason, we use neutral language to describe news events...". However, Islamic Terrorist is NOT neutral language at all - its negative and it was THEIR presenter who blantly used the term not a guest/contributer.
What would be the best course of action?. I thought of these possibilities:
(1) request to take it to a 'higher person'
(2) reply to the above with another complaint
That is all I could come up with. Any ideas, May Allah bless you (ameen).