Another Dispatches Documentary

// July 6th, 2008 // Blog

But this time it might be more fair to Muslims, inshā’Allāh.


Monday 7 July 2008 at 8pm on Channel 4

Dispatches: It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim

On the third anniversary of the 7/7 London Bombings, political commentator and journalist Peter Oborne investigates whether these attacks and the fear of terrorism has fuelled the rise of violence, intolerance and hatred against British Muslims. He discovers that for many in the Muslim community, Britain is becoming a very frightening place. Dispatches meets a range of British Muslims who now live in daily fear, some because their homes are constantly vandalised, others because they or family have suffered devastatingly violent attacks.

An exclusive ICM opinion poll commissioned for Dispatches reveals the extent to which Muslims have experienced hostility, abuse and prejudice since 7/7. The same poll also reveals the general public's attitudes towards Islam and relations with Muslims.

Since the bombings there has understandably been much press coverage of the attacks and other terrorist incidents. Oborne investigates whether this coverage has had the side-effect of portraying Islam and British Muslims in a relentlessly negative fashion, leading to the demonization of a diverse group of two million people, most of whom have nothing to do with terrorism.

Dispatches commissioned a sophisticated study of press coverage from Cardiff University's School of Journalism. The research examined articles published in the British press over the last eight years and their depiction of Muslims and Islam. The troubling results of the study are revealed in the film.

Oborne also investigates the sources and accuracy of a rash of press stories that have entered the public consciousness – such as a London council 'banning Christmas' out of deference to Muslims and a 'Muslim hate mob' wrecking a house rented to returning soldiers from Afghanistan.

Oborne concludes that in today's climate the media say things about Islam and Muslims they would never say about other groups. When he replaces the word' 'Muslim' in some recent headlines with 'Jews', 'Blacks' and 'Gays' and shows them to members of the public, they find those headlines deeply offensive.

In his first interview since leaving the Metropolitan Police, the man who headed anti-terror operations on 7/7 and afterwards, former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman talks about the poor relations between Muslims and the security services.

There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to Peter Oborne in a live web chat that will take place on the Channel 4 website after the Dispatches programme finishes at 9pm on Monday 7th July.

I think I'm going to have to record it, cos I'll be attending a talk with Suhaib Webb around that time, inshā’Allāh. I missed a course that he was running this weekend in London, cos I had guests. {sad face}

But all things for a reason, eh? Alhamdulillah.

4 Responses to “Another Dispatches Documentary”

  1. Yusuf Smith says:

    As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    If your computer runs Windows, you should be able to watch it on the Internet later. That’s how I re-watched Fallout to see the details I’d missed the first time round.

  2. iMuslim says:

    Wa ‘alaykum Salam wa rahmatullah

    I have a Mac so cannae watch online unfortunately. It’s a shame cos BBC iPlayer works fine. I tried it yest to watch the new series of Top Gear.

  3. ammena says:

    ooh let us know how the lecture is. insha’allah it goes well, the lecture & the programme

  4. […] came home after 10 pm, sat down with my late dinner, and watched the Dispatches programme that I had made sure to record, alhamdulillah. I’m not sure what to say. These days I am […]

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