It is a fundamental human right to be able to access information about what is going on in your country and the rest of the world. In social economic well-developed countries we have access to news from all over the world from thousands of sources. We like to think that the information that we are given through news cooperation’s gives us a truthful and correct image of situations and conflicts going on in the world; however this is not necessarily the case.
News cooperation’s like CNN and BBC are some of the world’s biggest news sources. Most of us wouldn’t even question their reliability when it comes to covering news stories, but if we take a closer look we can see that they are actually being influenced by the society and the people behind the organisations.
It is the western world that controls most of today’s media and therefore they choose what stories to cover based on their interests. I don’t know how many times I have seen articles and stories about someone who has done something terrible where it is extremely important to point out that he or she is a Muslim. It seems like because people in the western world have roots in Christianity it is easy to blame what someone’s actions based on what religion they belong to.
It could be someone who raped or even murderer someone because of a mental illness, but it seems like it is still extremely important to point out if they believe in Allah. It seems like they often try to blame Islam for crimes people have committed. This never happens if it is a Christian who has committed the crime, because it is not relevant for the story.
So why would it be relevant if a person is a Muslim? This is one of the things that create prejudices towards people who has a different background than us. People who read the news stories start to develop thoughts about how Muslims must be like and how terrible their religion must be. But did you know that both Christianity and Islam are built on the same principals and values. In fact the two religions hold more similarities than differences.
Our prejudices are results of the medias interpretation of Islam and how Muslims are being used as scapegoats in our society.
Do you agree Donald?