The world has seen the worst of terrorism and human rights abuse in the last couple of decades particularly. Even the West, which has for long claimed superiority for their humanist values and multi-culturalism, could not save itself from being plagued by terrorism, anti-immigrant sentiments, hate towards religious and ethnic minorities or toxic nationalism.
Post 9/11, the incidents of Islamic militancy along with Islamophobia increase exponentially and simultaneously. But the incidents of white terrorism have been covered under different banners. The recent mass shooting in New Zealand, claiming lives of over 50 innocent Muslims, initiated the discussion on the topic again.
Though PM Jacinda Ardern has not shied away from calling the shooter a terrorist and has promised that the state will even strip him of his name, the international media’s hypocrisy maintains, which has previously always covered the hate crimes motivated by white nationalist sentiments under the banner of mental health.
”A non-Muslim terrorist has to kill on average 7 people more than a Muslim terrorist to get equal coverage as a Muslim terrorist.
That’s a #mediafail.
I’m always reminded of that old viral tweet that terrorism is one of the only areas where white people do most of the work and get none of the credit” – Medhi said.
The said study revealed that terror attacks by Muslims get 357 per cent more media coverage than other terror attacks. During the interview, he further added that there is an obvious imbalance and stark difference between the way media reports Muslim terrorists, which shows the obvious bias.
”The word terrorism is not used for people who are not Muslims – that’s the problem.We’ve been conditioned to believe that a terrorist attack is only an attack carried out by a brown dude with a beard shouting in Arabic.
When of course the statistics show otherwise.
The ADL says that three-quarters of the terrorist attacks in the United States over the past decade were carried out by far-right white nationalist terrorists, a quarter by Muslims.
Can we say that the media coverage of terrorism in this country is 75 per cent white nationalist, 25 per cent Muslim? Of course not” – Medhi said.
"A non-Muslim terrorist has to kill on average 7 people more than a Muslim terrorist to get equal coverage as a Muslim terrorist" – from my interview with @JoyAnnReid on @msnbc today.
Full intv, on #Christchurch, media Islamophobia, Palestine, guns, here:https://t.co/WzLhkl7gnJ pic.twitter.com/NQDHInOZEG
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 18, 2019
People also agreed to the biased narrative and said that terrorists should be called out regardless.
Exactly! Racism is so systematically normal. So much so that they are referred to a “shooter” and “terrorist”. What’s up with that? I mean it’s sad to say that I’m used to it and recognize racism because of the conditioning of the perpetrators. Enough!
— PhyllCH (@gabrnsugah) March 18, 2019
Mehdi Hasan is phenomenal a very intellectual journalist and it would be amazing to see him on American News Cable Shows more often. Whenever he’s on the national television is when the rubber hits the road.
— Jabir Warsame (@WarsameJabir) March 18, 2019
Thanks @mehdirhasan for constantly pushing back the unfair and providing a voice to the unheard. I really respect you!
— Sheheryar Rasul (@SheheryarRasul) March 18, 2019
Everytime I watch you I see a guy who's got information and statistics all in his head ready to explode, you're a voice of the voiceless and am a big fan 👍👍
— Moaz 🇩🇪 (@WeezyFGBroly) March 18, 2019
You were excellent on this show. Thank you for making people aware of how racist and discriminating the media can be about reporting about terrorism.
— Aya Rosen (@AyaRosen) March 18, 2019
Thank you, Mehdi. Articulating something we all know too well. Media is a huge part of the problem.
— 𝑀𝒾𝓈𝑔𝒾𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓈 (@lacunalingua) March 18, 2019
I know it doesn’t help globally but in New Zealand no one is calling this guy mentally ill. The police, media, prime minister and general public are all calling him a terrorist. The fact that international media are calling him “the shooter” is insulting to say the least.
— Siobhan Cole (@Siobhancole11) March 18, 2019
You sir have my full admiration 💜 Thank you!
— Teresa Miller ♍️ 💜 (@mtmi44) March 18, 2019
The problem is that the sheer scale of 911 created a media footprint
— 2 Retort #RehiredJamesGunn (@2Retort) March 18, 2019
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