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Uthman
07-05-2008, 04:30 PM
It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim
Broadcast: Monday 07 July 2008 08:00 PM

On the third anniversary of the 7/7 London Bombings, political commentator and journalist Peter Oborne investigates whether these attacks and the fear of terrorism has fuelled the rise of violence, intolerance and hatred against British Muslims.

LIVE ONLINE DEBATE

He discovers that for many in the Muslim community, Britain is becoming a very frightening place. Dispatches meets a range of British Muslims who now live in daily fear, some because their homes are constantly vandalised, others because they or family have suffered devastatingly violent attacks.

An exclusive ICM opinion poll commissioned for Dispatches reveals the extent to which Muslims have experienced hostility, abuse and prejudice since 7/7. The same poll also reveals the general public's attitudes towards Islam and relations with Muslims.

Since the bombings there has understandably been much press coverage of the attacks and other terrorist incidents. Oborne investigates whether this coverage has had the side-effect of portraying Islam and British Muslims in a relentlessly negative fashion, leading to the demonization of a diverse group of two million people, most of whom have nothing to do with terrorism.

Dispatches commissioned a sophisticated study of press coverage from Cardiff University's School of Journalism. The research examined articles published in the British press over the last eight years and their depiction of Muslims and Islam. The troubling results of the study are revealed in the film.

Oborne also investigates the sources and accuracy of a rash of press stories that have entered the public consciousness - such as a London council 'banning Christmas' out of deference to Muslims and a 'Muslim hate mob' wrecking a house rented to returning soldiers from Afghanistan.

Oborne concludes that in today's climate the media say things about Islam and Muslims they would never say about other groups. When he replaces the word' 'Muslim' in some recent headlines with 'Jews', 'Blacks' and 'Gays' and shows them to members of the public, they find those headlines deeply offensive.

In his first interview since leaving the Metropolitan Police, the man who headed anti-terror operations on 7/7 and afterwards, former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman talks about the poor relations between Muslims and the security services.

MUSLIM SURVEY

As part of the Dispatches investigation 'It Shouldn't Happen To A Muslim', Channel 4 commissioned two surveys, the details of which are revealed below.

OMNIBUS: ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1006 adults aged 18+ by telephone on 21-22nd May 2008. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

MUSLIMS: ICM interviewed a sample of 500 Muslims by telephone on 22-28th May 2008. Muslims were previously interviewed on the ICM random telephone omnibus and agreed to be interviewed again at some point in the future. As they were initially selected at random, it implies that the sample of Muslims is itself representative of the Muslim community in Britain.

You can download both surveys in full, as well as the top line comparisons across the two surveys.

Toplines
Muslim Poll
Omnibus Poll

MUSLIMS UNDER SIEGE

Peter Oborne and James Jones have written a pamphlet entitled 'Muslims Under Siege: Alienating Vulnerable Communities' to accompany 'It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim'. Download now

LIVE ONLINE DEBATE

Peter Oborne and the programme makers will be live on the site from 9pm on Monday 7 July to discuss issues raised in the programme. You can send your questions ahead of the debate.

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07-05-2008, 04:53 PM
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He discovers that for many in the Muslim community, Britain is becoming a very frightening place.
Time for migration? :X

Joking lol... We shouldn't fear anyone but Allaah...

Will watch it on Monday InshaaAllaah.
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aamirsaab
07-05-2008, 05:05 PM
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I'm so watching this.
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sevgi
07-05-2008, 05:15 PM
i wana watch it too..but im over where u guys dropped us off 200years ago..:P
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Uthman
07-05-2008, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by sevgi
i wana watch it too..but im over where u guys dropped us off 200years ago..:P
You'll probably be able to download it or watch it online after anyway.

:w:
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Uthman
07-05-2008, 05:28 PM
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We're all going to have to migrate to the C4 forums and do some serious Dawah work on Monday.

You guys up for it?

:w:
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sevgi
07-05-2008, 05:34 PM
Originally Posted by Osman
:sl:



You'll probably be able to download it or watch it online after anyway.

:w:
how lame..yet convenient...

ill watch it beside the beach as i cook my shrimp on the barbie...

fair dinkum mate..cheers.
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aamirsaab
07-05-2008, 08:57 PM
Originally Posted by Osman
:sl:

We're all going to have to migrate to the C4 forums and do some serious Dawah work on Monday.

You guys up for it?

:w:
Sure no problem. I'll drop some info regarding sharia law. At most it will convince some, at least it will shut the critics up! ::D
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Uthman
07-06-2008, 08:04 PM
It is indeed curious how there doesn't seem to be much publicity for this programme on the part of Channel 4 as compared to the amount of publicity for 'Undercover Mosque' back in January 2007.

Perhaps I'm just being paranoid.
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Uthman
07-06-2008, 08:22 PM
Originally Posted by Alpha Dude™
Why would Channel 4 not promote this show as much as they can? They stands to benefit, after all.
The very fact that they created 'Undercover Mosque' in the way that they did shows that they have an anti-Muslim agenda. By contrast, this documentary seems pro-Muslim and so they might not want to promote it as much.

Conspiracy theory. :skeleton:
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Uthman
07-06-2008, 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by Alpha Dude™
I'm sure they value their ratings, bro. :D
So naive. You'll learn. :D
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aamirsaab
07-07-2008, 03:47 PM
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Just gave that mike dude (on the c4 forum) some info, Inshallah it'll help him and anyone else who reads it.

I eagerly await the people's responses to the program - heck, more so than the program itself! :D
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Uthman
07-07-2008, 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by aamirsaab
Just gave that mike dude (on the c4 forum) some info, Inshallah it'll help him and anyone else who reads it.
I had a feeling it was you! :D

Originally Posted by aamirsaab
I eagerly await the people's responses to the program - heck, more so than the program itself! :D
Likewise. Me and you gonna team up and blast those bigots to smithereens. (not literally :rollseyes)
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aamirsaab
07-07-2008, 03:58 PM
:sl:
Originally Posted by Osman
I had a feeling it was you! :D
Lol!

Likewise. Me and you gonna team up and blast those bigots to smithereens. (not literally :rollseyes)
Indeed we shall. Judging by some of the previous threads on that forum, there probably wont be much of a discussion. Though I do hope I am wrong; me and you vs mike would get boring :p.
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Uthman
07-07-2008, 03:59 PM
Misreporting Muslims

As tonight's Dispatches shows, the media's coverage of Islam alienates and demonises a vulnerable British minority.

Imagine if you picked up a newspaper to discover the following headline, "Gay sickos' Maddie kidnap shock". What would your response be?

Or perhaps if you read, "Christmas is banned: it offends Jews". Or even, "Black people tell us how to run our schools".

You would probably be offended and outraged in equal measure – and rightly so. In modern Britain, it is no longer acceptable for the media to engage in such egregiously inaccurate or recklessly bigoted coverage of minority groups.

There is, however, one glaring exception to this rule – Muslims. As writer and broadcaster Peter Oborne points out in tonight's Dispatches on Channel 4, these rather shocking headlines have already appeared in our national press, but only in relation to Britain's Muslim minority. In the wake of 7/7, the press has been given free rein to effectively demonise the Islamic faith and its two million adherents in this country.

Dispatches commissioned Cardiff University's school of journalism to carry out a unique study of the content and, above all, context of almost a thousand articles written about Islam and Muslims since 2000. The Cardiff researchers discovered that over two-thirds of stories identified Muslims either as a source of problems or as a threat – not just in the context of terrorism but on cultural issues too. In fact, this year for the first time, the volume of stories focusing on cultural differences overtook those related to terrorism. Over the entire period, more than one in four stories contained the rather pernicious idea that Islam is dangerous, backward or irrational.

As a practicing Muslim and as a television journalist, I find myself awkwardly straddling the divide between British Islam and the British media. With my journalist's hat on, I recognise and support the very legitimate desire of the media to cover, and comment on, the growing terrorist threat to this country from "homegrown" extremists. (Dispatches has a long and proud record in this area.)

With my Muslim hat on, however, I grow tired of having to also endure a barrage of lazy stereotypes, inflammatory headlines, disparaging generalisations and often inaccurate and baseless stories. Did a local council, for example, "ban Christmas" to avoid offending Muslims? No. Did Natwest remove its piggy banks to avoid offending Muslims? Not at all. Did a "Muslim hate mob" vandalise a house full of British squaddies? Nope.

To pretend that this relentlessly negative coverage of a marginalised minority has no effect on community relations or on integration is naive, if not disingenuous. Portraying Muslims as different and dangerous can have serious repercussions, and tonight's Dispatches draws attention to a growing number of Muslims who now live in daily fear; some because their homes are repeatedly vandalized, others because they have suffered devastatingly violent attacks. In an exclusive ICM poll (pdf) for the programme, a third of Britain's Muslims say they or their family members have suffered abuse or hostility since 7/7, and over two-thirds of the wider British public think that prejudice against Muslims has increased. Yet, at the same time, a majority of the public also continues to believe that the religion of Islam is to blame for the bombings.

Three years on, it is time to stop conflating the actions of a tiny minority of extremists with the entire Muslim community or the whole religion of Islam. It is time for newspaper editors, reporters, columnists and commentators to stop the negative stereotyping and fear-mongering that reinforces the public perception of Muslims and Islam as strange, foreign and threatening, and further alienates and stigmatises an already vulnerable community of British citizens. As Peter Oborne points out, "There is an urgent need for a change in our public culture."

Dispatches: It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim will be broadcast tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.

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Uthman
07-07-2008, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by aamirsaab
Indeed we shall. Judging by some of the previous threads on that forum, there probably wont be much of a discussion. Though I do hope I am wrong; me and you vs mike would get boring :p.
Actually, I logged on to the same forum after 'Undercover Mosque' back in Jan 07 and it was really busy. Unfortunately, I was too young to sign up (lool) so I had to just sit there and helplessly and watch Islam and Muslims getting attacked.

Not this time!

:w:
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Uthman
07-07-2008, 06:02 PM
Hopefully the documentary will force the bigots to drop their copies of the Daily Mail in shock.
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Ali.
07-07-2008, 06:06 PM
Insha'Allah I'll watch this; seems pretty good.
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Uthman
07-07-2008, 09:03 PM
:sl:

So how did y'all find it?

:w:
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Ali.
07-07-2008, 09:08 PM
It was pretty good actually, I was astonished yet highly amused at the man's arrogance, or should I say, single mindedness, when he was comparing Muslims & Mosques to Cockroaches! ;D!

Insha'Allah I might watch Qur'an next week too, since when did Channel 4 make such good programmes?! :p
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Uthman
07-07-2008, 09:18 PM
Originally Posted by Ali.
since when did Channel 4 make such good programmes?! :p
Since January 2007 after Undercover Mosque when they realised that they weren't going to get away with slander and lies about the Muslim community!
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aamirsaab
07-07-2008, 10:13 PM
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I saw it. I liked it. I've expressed my views on their forum.

A couple of bigots mind you, but nothing too difficult. Main problem is that I was posting on page 3 - by the time I had finished, the discussion moved 3 whole pages!
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Amadeus85
07-07-2008, 10:26 PM
I hope that the accusation of islamophobia wont be used now just like accusation of homophobia - to keep peoples mouths closed for every critical comment.
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muslimah2332
07-07-2008, 10:29 PM
I would watch it, but working on a slow computer,lol
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muslimah2332
07-07-2008, 10:30 PM
I would watch it but working with a slooowww computer,lol

http://muslimummah.ning.com
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Na7lah
07-07-2008, 10:48 PM
any online video link?
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aamirsaab
07-08-2008, 09:25 AM
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Just read that forum again. Don't bother going on and spreading da'wa, since it'd be a waste of time - nothing but trolls sadly. All the intelectuals and people actually interested in the program seem to have left the discussion thread.

Oh well.
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07-08-2008, 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by Osman
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So how did y'all find it?

:w:
:wasalamex

The part that shocked me out of the whole thing was when Gill said 'I was tieing up my leg to stop the blood flow, and I felt my hand go through my thigh'... :ooh: oh my... :eek: :omg:
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Sahabiyaat
07-08-2008, 05:34 PM
Originally Posted by Ali.
I was astonished yet highly amused at the man's arrogance, or should I say, single mindedness, when he was comparing Muslims & Mosques to Cockroaches! ;D!
lol yeh :D, he was such an arrogant fat chav, all he kept repeating was rightt after every two words and sum bull and cock story about cockroaches (blah blah blah..RIGHTT....blah blah blah...RIGHTTT) lol*shakes head at fat man fatness and arrogance, only joking, just arrogance, i love fat ppl really*

overall i was very suprised at the pro muslim agenda of the programme, it felt so good to be defended by somebody other than a muslim!, will def watch the quran programme InshaAllah! although i have a feeling there gna need to balance out the opinions, so this week it was pro muslims, next its bound to be anti, to keep the BNP happy lol.
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Uthman
07-08-2008, 07:32 PM
For all those who missed it or were unable to watch it, here is the link to watch it online:

http://www.channel4.com/video/brandl...houldnt-happen
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Uthman
07-09-2008, 07:59 PM
The link expires in a few days, by the way. :)
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