Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reactionary Muslim media darlings

Alex Gabriel has an article up at the Index on Censorship describing the media's preference for the opinions of conservative and censorious Muslim men, who are often presented as the voice of Muslims. He gives three specific examples as illustrations of the situation in the UK:
All three, and countless more religious rightists, have sold themselves as commentators, “community leaders” and de facto spokesmen for Muslims (“men” is applicable here), grabbing the spotlight neither through skilled writing nor through views polls say are actually widespread. They owe their standing to officialdom’s mounting anxiety to please the most censorious believers, its instinct that those eagerest to cleanse the public sphere of blasphemy are those who matter most.

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