Unitas Communications, in coordination with a wide variety of industry professionals, has submitted a report to the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday 5 July 2012 entitled “Race and Reform : Islam and Muslims in the British Media.” Researched and written by Unitas’ Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, the report offers a comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of inaccurate and racist anti-Muslim narratives within the British media.
The report draws principally on a large range of existing academic studies, policy reports, empirical analysis, opinion polls, and surveys to determine the state of the research on the question of ‘Islamophobia’ in the UK mainstream media and its societal impact.
It also utilises input obtained from 16 key experts – journalists and editors (from both broadcasting and print), media scholars, community leaders, and politicians – who were consulted to seek their informed perspectives on the scale of the problem, and what conceivably must be done to solve it.
The report concludes with eight recommendations for British media reform and can be downloaded here.
The Leveson Inquiry, chaired by Lord Justice Leveson, aims to investigate the culture, practices and ethics of the press, eventually making recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance consistent with maintaining freedom of the press and ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards.