Religion is one of the main factors that are in the mediatoday and in the following essay I am going to discuss to what extent the mediacontrols the perception of the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Judaism andChristianity. The reason why I decided to focus on these religions rather thanthe five main ones is because it is these three religions that are talked aboutthe most in the media to day weather it would be to criticise them or link themto a specific event. Also I will be discussing if certain news outlets such asthe Telegraph favour a certain religion when releasing an issue about a worldwideevent.Islam is the second biggest religion and is the quickestdeveloping confidence on the planet having more than one billion adherents worldwide.Despite the fact the Muslims make up just 4% of the population in the U.K,since the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks, ‘Islamophobia’ has turned into anacross the board belief system that has been embraced by numerous Westernersseemingly in view of the media scope. Islamophobia in short can be described asan ‘ideologically grounded animosity towards Muslims.’ it is the fear ofMuslims for various reasons which are from an extreme, speculative and negativestereotype associated with Islam and its followers.
These allegations include beingcrude, sexist, violent, pro-terrorism as well as being a threat to both the conventional’Western’ lifestyles, and traditional European and American world dominance.Islam may be viewed as a potential force that can jeopardise the current statusof some countries and allowing it to thrive as it is arguably too much of arisk for these world powers.The quantity of Islamophobic assaults increment wheneverIslam is a current topic in the media, particularly in connection to terroristevents. For instance, the assaults increased a year ago following the tenthcommemoration of the 9/11 assaults. The implied link between terrorism andIslam constantly presented in the media is complimented with statistics butfails to address the minuscule proportion of muslims that actually partake oreven slightly agree with the violence of the few. There is without a doubt ananti-terrorist atmosphere within the majority of the population at all timeshowever, this is amplified and heightened when the media extend the portrayalof the negativity associated with previous terrorist attacks or play on people’semotions during the immediate impact of a new attack. However, I don’t thinkthis is just the case for the religion of Islam, because as soon as the mediawants to shed light on any religious event weather it be from the religion ofChristianity or Islam, followers want to automatically believe or act upon whatthey hear or see in the media.
Therefore, I think the media has a hugeinfluence on the perception on peoples view on religion. Various articles have been created signifying the abundancesof Shariah law in some Muslim-larger part nations, which seem to disregardfundamental human rights. This, when combined with articles about Muslimradicalism and terrorist activities, impact the view of Islam.
Such finishedportrayal of uncommon occasions causes the consuming public, who cannot escapethe media’s influence, “to have an unrealistic view of Islam and its adherents.”(refrence) Thus, numerous accept andstress that all Muslims need to set up a curved elucidation of Shariah law asthe supreme ruling authority around the world; a framework that, despitemainstream thinking, isn’t as strict as one may think.Research has found that although groups such as the EnglishDefense League (E.D.L) and British National Party have been in charge ofvarious assaults, the greater number share of hostile to Muslim loathewrongdoings have been submitted by people un-associated with far-right partieshowever roused by the consistent adverse depiction of Muslims in the media.This draws special attention to the media, which is an instructive apparatusfor some, can fundamentally affect upon people groups convictions, states ofmind and activities. In any case, if everybody read the articles basically,mindful that the most shocking stories get printed, such misconceptions aboutIslam won’t not be as serious.Islamic cultural dressing, particularly the burka, islikewise respected with doubt among many.
In 2007 The Daily Express distributed’Wearing the burka is a threat to our way of life’ in which the burka wasportrayed just like an undermining outfit and as ‘what might as well be calledthe mugger’s hooded top or the outfitted burglars balaclava’, that are wornpurposely to debilitate the British lifestyle. Distributions, for example, thatsaid above increment negative stereotyping among Westerners.A standout amongst the most plugged instances of open shockwas the widespread burning of Salman Rushdie’s book ‘The Satanic Verses’ whichwas viewed as godless by the Muslim people group. Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwarequiring the death of Rushdie was likewise essentially canvassed in the media;worsening the conviction that Islam is a religion of brutality. NotwithstandingKhomeini’s fatwa having little impact over Britain’s fundamentally SunniMuslims, the media secured the fatwa with furore. Another episode which gotbroad communications consideration was the production of the Danish kid’s showsin 2005, which depicted Mohammed wearing a turban that looked like a bomb, thistoo caused huge common distress and fortified convictions that Islam calls forpsychological oppression for the sake of Allah.
It is hard to give indisputable confirmation that the mediastraightforwardly incites demonstrations of hostility against Muslims, yet theexpansion and sort of scope in the wake of terrorist attacks (as much as 658%in the Sun following the 9/11 assaults) recommends that Muslims, all in all,have been held as ‘public enemy number one’ and are aggregately in charge ofterrorist attacks. Standard Muslims dismiss these radicals; shockingly it isthis minority of fanatics – who decipher the Qur’an to suit their own purposes– who are continually in the headlines, giving the impression to the overallpopulation that they represent Islam in general.Nonetheless, with current media being a standout amongst themost aggressive of enterprises, daily papers concentrate on the most staggeringstories in an offer to beat rivals.
This pattern recommends that distortion andensuing fuel of Islamophobia will presumably stay for a long time to come, withchange just happening when people in general learn and comprehend the genuineimportance of religion for a Muslim, as supported and instructed in the Qur’an,and that Islam is really an Abrahamic confidence similarly as Judaism andChristianity may be.These two tables were produced by Dr Chris Allen a British sociologist at the Institute of AppliedSocial Studies at the University of Birmingham. They show the amount ofarticles and images relating to the religion of Islam that are produced by themain tabloids such as The Times and The Sun. The part and impact of the media is “contentious anddebatable” 74% of the British open claim that they don’t know anything’or beside nothing about Islam’ 64% of the British open claim that what they do know is’procured through the media’ Research from 2006 proposes that the press scopeidentifying with Muslims and Islam in English national daily papers hadexpanded by roughly 270% over going before decade 91% of that scope was considered negative 84% of press coverage represented Islam and Muslims eitheras ‘prone to cause harm or risk’ or as ‘operating in a time of intensedifficulty or danger’Research that I have done shows the consequences of negativemedia coverage about Islam is :Liable to incite and increment sentiments offrailty, doubt and nervousness among non-Muslims; Liable to incite sentiments of weakness,helplessness and estrangement among Muslims, and along these lines todebilitate the Government’s measures to lessen and counteract fanaticism; Unlikely to help reduce levels of loathewrongdoing and demonstrations of unlawful separation by non-Muslims againstMuslims; Likely to be a noteworthy hindrance keeping theaccomplishment of the Government’s people group union arrangements andprojects; Unlikely to add to educated exchange and verbalconfrontation among Muslims and non-Muslims about methods for cooperating tokeep up and create Britain as a multicultural, multi-confidence populargovernment.