The Times newspaper and islamophobia

JVL Introduction

According to a detailed study,  published by the  Media Reform Group on 26th June, three times in 15 months the chief investigative reporter of the Times, Andrew Norfolk, published sensational series of front-page articles portraying Muslims as threatening.

In every case central allegations were unfounded.

Now read on…

Unmasked identifies a pattern in which significant information demonstrating the true position was either omitted or buried. The authors assert that a responsible, conscientious reporter could have found this information and would have given it prominence.

The authors of this report are experienced journalists.

Brian Cathcart was a reporter at Reuters for eight years, a reporter and later senior editor at the Independent papers for 11 years and a writer and assistant editor at the New Statesman for five years. He has written books of journalism, including the award-winning The Case of Stephen Lawrence (1999), and he has been professor of journalism at Kingston University London since 2006. He was a founder and the first director of Hacked Off and has served as specialist adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport. He blogs on journalism matters at

Paddy French was an award-winning current affairs producer at ITV Wales for ten years and has also made programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC. He edits the Press Gang website and gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry that former News of the Worldinvestigations editor Mazher Mahmood had lied to the inquiry. He also warned Rupert Murdoch and Scotland Yard that Mahmood was a serial perjurer four years before he was jailed for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Julian Petley, who contributed the chapter on ‘Political Correctness’, is professor of journalism at Brunel University London and a former chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. He has written widely about media policy and regulation, and his most recent book, co-authored with James Curran and Ivor Gaber, is the revised and extended second edition of Culture Wars: the Media and the British Left (Routledge 2019).

You can read the full report here.


Comments (2)

  • S H says:

    The reputation of the British Media just DIED IN SHAME.

  • John says:

    If you check the lead article on the front page of today’s Times, they are now launching a direct attack on Jeremy Corbyn, questioningh his physical and mental fitness for the position of Prime Minister.
    The Times is now a fully paid-up member of the UK gutter press.

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