Friday 24 September 2010

Islamophobia, racism and the media

Public forum: Islamophobia, racism and the media

Friday 8 October, 5:30-7:00pm
Lecture Theatre 2, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

'Writer and broadcaster Yvonne Ridley will be the main speaker at this event, hosted by Tyneside Stop the War and the 'Power, Space, Politics' research cluster of Newcastle University's School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

Islamophobia is the most virulent form of racism in Britain today. Stop the War has been committed to combatting racism since its launch in 2001.

The recent campaign against a Muslim cultural centre near Ground Zero in New York, the book burning controversy around the anniversary of 9/11, and the European hijab bans all testify to the seriousness of the threat of Islamophobia.

Attacks on Muslims, police harrassment of Muslim youth and media vilification of Islam have all increased dramatically in the period of the 'War on Terror'. Islamophobia continues to be used to try and create a favourable climate for the occupation of Afghanistan.

Attacks on Muslims come from media, politicans, police and cultural figures. The media have played an especially central role in promoting representations of Muslims that encourage distrust and suspicion. Widespread anti-Muslim sentiment has led to a rise in racist attacks and given encouragement to groups like the EDL.

This public forum - open to all - will explore the issues of Islamophobia and the media in the broader context of a rise in Islamophobia across Europe and North America and the 'War on Terror'. Yvonne Ridley will be joined by Scottish-based journalist and anti-war campaigner Mohammed Asif, and Newcastle University lecturer Nick Megoran. The forum is chaired by Tony Dowling (Tyneside Stop the War) with time for Q+A.'

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