Tell MAMA’s groundbreaking research is shaping government policy, including the Hate Crime Action Plan. In 2017, Tell MAMA recorded its biggest ever rise in reports with 1,201 verified cases, which included 839 reports having occurred offline or on a street-level. A key recommendation in this report called on politicians and media outlets to consider how their choice of language can influence wider public discourse.
Therefore, Tell Mama are holding this event to explore how anti-Muslim and Islamophobic stereotypes filter through sections of the mainstream media and on social media platforms, on issues such as terrorism, religious expression, and immigration, and how they can legitimise racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic prejudice.
This event will involve panel discussions which asks journalists, researchers, and activists about the portrayal of Islam and Muslims, and how negative stereotypes in certain sections of the press and social media platforms could contribute to the normalisation of anti-Muslim and Islamophobic attitudes.
Community members will share their experiences of impacts of increasing anti-Muslim hate crime and Islamophobia fuelled by certain sections of media and social media websites.