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Religions 2018, 9(9), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9090274

Framing Muslims in the “War on Terror”: Representations of Ideological Violence by Muslim versus Non-Muslim Perpetrators in Canadian National News Media

Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON M3C 1K1, Canada
Received: 9 August 2018 / Revised: 28 August 2018 / Accepted: 10 September 2018 / Published: 12 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anti Muslim Racism and the Media)
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Abstract

This study compared representations of ideological violence by Muslim versus non-Muslim perpetrators in Canadian national news media (the Globe and Mail, National Post, and CBC). Both quantitative and qualitative disparities were examined. Acts of Muslim violence received 1.5 times more coverage, on average, than non-Muslim ones, and thwarted Muslim plots received five times more coverage. Muslim incidents were more likely to be labelled “terrorism” and linked to other episodes of violence, and Muslim perpetrators were more likely to be labelled by their religious and ethno-racial identities. These patterns in representation serve to stabilise the racial formations of the Canadian national security state in the “war on terror”. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islamophobia; terrorism; Canadian news media; framing Islamophobia; terrorism; Canadian news media; framing
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
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