Evidence and ideology: moderating the critique of media Islamophobia
Authors: Richards, B. and Brown, L.
Journal: Journalism Education
Publisher: Association for Journalism EducationAbstract:
Recent studies of British media coverage of Islam, influenced by Said’s critique of ‘Orientalism’, appear to have established that ‘Islamophobic’ stereotyping is highly characteristic of that coverage. However, a review of these studies finds that they fall into two groups. One comprises substantial empirical studies, which give grounds for serious concern but also indicate that this is a complex area in which some journalists are making efforts to avoid negative generalisations. In the other group of studies there is very little systematic empirical material, but a tendency towards polemical critique. This second group of studies has been influential in building a broad consensus about media Islamophobia. Some potentially damaging consequences of this consensus are discussed.