Portrayal of muslims following the murders of lee rigby in woolwich and Mohammed saleem in Birmingham: A content analysis of UK newspapers

Awan, I. and Rahman, M. (2016) Portrayal of muslims following the murders of lee rigby in woolwich and Mohammed saleem in Birmingham: A content analysis of UK newspapers. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36 (1). pp. 16-31. ISSN 13602004 (ISSN)

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Abstract

In 2013, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale murdered a British soldier, named Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London. In the aftermath of the incident, evidence showed Muslims had become targets for a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes.1 Most notably, mosques had been reported to have been burnt down and graffiti with messages of hate scrawled against the walls. In such times, the role of the media is crucial in projecting a balanced approach. This study analysed newspaper coverage three weeks from the Woolwich attacks and examined the language and headlines used to describe Muslims. Over 1022 articles from UK newspapers were reviewed using the Nexis database utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the media narrative regarding Muslims and also make a comparative analysis of how the media reported on the case of Mohammed Saleem who was murdered by the far right extremist, Pavlo Lapshyn. The newspaper articles were analysed by using the computer software NVivo to search for and identify patterns across the articles in order to give an idea of the most frequent ways that Muslims were being portrayed. This paper found that news coverage had generalised about Muslims which was made in an overtly prejudicial way. © 2016 Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA23: Sociology
Depositing User: Miss Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 11:21
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 10:34
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/527

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