Submission to the Leveson Inquiry
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Monday October 31 2011
At ENGAGE, we regularly monitor print, broadcast and social media to record and challenge misrepresentations and inaccurate reporting of Islam and Muslims in the UK. We have argued for closer scrutiny and better self-regulation of the UK media in order to make it more responsive to bad practices, journalistic bias and the prevalent practice of exaggerating the influence of fringe Muslim groups to demonise the wider British Muslim population. A summary of complaints to the PCC is elaborated on in section one, providing details for the complaint (inaccuracy, misrepresentation, discriminatory reportage) together with the responses from the respective newspaper or the PCC. Section two deals with cases lodged by third parties which reflect inaccuracy, poor reporting or discrimination. Section three concludes with our ongoing concerns on the modus operandi of the Editors’ Code of Practice and its limitations with specific reference to media reporting of Islam and British Muslims.