Media Development 2016/2

Islamophobia and the Media

It is the duty of journalists to inform and educate. But when it comes to Islam and Muslims, news outlets have far too often served to spread misinformation and perpetuate prejudice. Articles in this issue address this problem from a variety of perspectives in an attempt to pave the way for greater understanding.

Featured Articles

  • Book Review

    Book Review
    Emerging Trends in Gender, Health: and Political Communications in Africa, edited by Monsignor Prof. Obiora Ike and Prof. Sunny Udeze. Rhyce Kerex Publishers, Enugu-Nigeria (2015), pp. 474.
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • On the Screen

    On the Screen
    The Ecumenical Jury at the 37th Film Festival Max Ophüls in Saarbrücken awarded its Prize of €2,000 donated by the Evangelical and Catholic Associations for Adult Education in the Saarland, to the film Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare) by AKIZ (Germany, 2015).
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • Medios y despolitización

    Medios y despolitización
    El vertiginoso y deslumbrante desarrollo de la tecnología se encuentra enmarcado por la creciente economía trasnacional, la progresiva concentración de la propiedad de los medios de comunicación en pocas manos, la mayor dependencia en el campo de la información y el conocimiento, y unincesante afianzamiento de este poder. By: Carlos A. Valle
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • Indian democracy and governance

    Indian democracy and governance
    Democracyas a system of governance is supposed to allow extensive representation and inclusiveness of as many people and views as possible to feed into the functioning of a fair and just society. The definition of democracy is incomplete unless it is defined in social and individual contexts. By: Vincent Rajkumar
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • How Jerry Falwell Jr. is spreading Islamophobia

    How Jerry Falwell Jr. is spreading Islamophobia
    As an American Muslim who speaks at about 25 college campuses a year, I suppose I should thank Jerry Falwell Jr. for the trigger warning. By: Eboo Patel
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • New Zealand newspaper coverage of Islam and Muslims

    New Zealand newspaper coverage of Islam and Muslims

    The following article provides an overview of New Zealand mainstream newspapers’ coverage of Islam and Muslim nations’ issues from 2012 to February 2016. The discussion outlines “Islamic religious politics”, international politics and policies, and Western “party politics”, which are experiencing a surge in far-right ideology such as the anti-Muslim speeches of the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. These issues are discussed as they impact both the West and Muslim nations.

    By: Shah Nister Kabir
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • Muslim resilience and the right to communicate

    Muslim resilience and the right to communicate
    Forty-seven years ago, Jean d’Arcy, the father of the right to communicate (RTC) argued that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will have to include a more extensive right than the right to information. He asserted, “This is the angle from which the future development of communications will have to be considered if it is to be fully understood” (d’Arcy, 1969: 1). By: Aliaa Dakroury
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • Negative media portrayal of Islam

    Negative media portrayal of Islam
    There is a current obsession in mainstream media and academic discourse pertaining to Islam and the West. This current obsession is tinged with negative signifiers with the global media’s predominantly negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims, depicting Muslims generally as violent, fanatical, bigoted, or as extremists and terrorists.
    By: Belinda F. Espiritu
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • El elogio de la diferencia

    El elogio de la diferencia
    La pedagogía se ocupa de los seres humanos, de cada uno de ellos. No caben en su discurso las lejanías, tampoco los torrentes de despersonalización a que nos tienen habituados algunos paradigmas con pretensión científica. Quienes nos asumimos de por vida como educadores nos movemos en una comunicación con los otros y con nosotros mismos. No se expresan a través de nosotros palabras de determinada disciplina, como si un lenguaje ajeno nos habitara. By: Daniel Prieto Castillo
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • Islamophobia in Europe

    Islamophobia in Europe
    Islamophobia is a term used to describe irrational hostility, fear, or hatred of Islam, Muslims, and Islamic culture, and active discrimination against these groups or individuals within them. By: Open Society Foundations
    Posted: May 15, 2016
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  • How do the media fuel Islamophobia?

    How do the media fuel Islamophobia?
    We have to acknowledge that the media, more often than not, shape and actively craft public opinion rather than mirroring it. We still live in a time where the majority of people assume they are being fed facts as opposed to opinions or editorialized  facts. They take the media, particularly the news, as the truth. By: Afia Ahmed Chaudhry
    Posted: May 14, 2016
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  • Media Development 2016/2 Editorial

    Media Development 2016/2 Editorial
    International principles of journalism ethics stress the duty of professional communicators to seek truth and to provide fair and balanced accounts of events and issues. With this in mind, conscientious journalists try to serve the public with honesty and integrity the cornerstones of their credibility.
    By: Philip Lee
    Posted: May 14, 2016
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Media Development

Media Development is an international quarterly journal dedicated to the theory and practice of communication around the world. Many contributors write from the perspective of the South, highlighting social, cultural, and spiritual values. 

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