The Racial Hatred Act: Case study 1

 case study 1an australin muslim's experience of the media

Introduction:
  • two different experiences of the media
Media report:
  • 'Renaissance: why women and Christians are embracing Islam', The Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Fray, May 1995
Comment:
  • Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peter Fray on producing a balanced article
  • Maha Abdo, President of the Australia Muslim Women's Association, on visual cliches and stereotypes
Other:

Please note that none of the reports in the case studies have been the subject of complaints or queries under the Racial Hatred Act.


Peter Fray comments:

 "Quotation Mark"

Journalism is all about integrity and gaining Maha Abdo's trust and respect and then turning that into a useful piece of journalism was a milestone in my career.

The Muslim community is rightfully cautious of the western media and I felt I had to prove myself when talking to Maha and her colleagues and show that I could produce a well balanced article.

I hope I have made it easier for journalists to approach that community and also for the community to understand the media a little better.

Since the Islam series I have maintained contact with the community. I would be naive to think they agree with everything I write but we now have a relationship based on trust and acceptance which allows us to agree to disagree. I think they now realise that not all western journalists have a bias against Islam and the Muslim community.

 "Quotation Mark"

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