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On the third anniversary of the 7/7 London
Bombings, Peter Oborne investigates whether these
attacks and the fear of terrorism has fuelled the rise
of violence, intolerance and hatred against British
Muslims.


It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim

On the third anniversary of the 7/7 London Bombings, political
commentator and journalist Peter Oborne investigates whether
these attacks and the fear of terrorism has fuelled the rise of
violence, intolerance and hatred against British Muslims.

LIVE ONLINE DEBATE

He discovers that for many in the Muslim community, Britain is
becoming a very frightening place. Dispatches meets a range of
British Muslims who now live in daily fear, some because their
homes are constantly vandalised, others because they or family
have suffered devastatingly violent attacks.

An exclusive ICM opinion poll commissioned for Dispatches
reveals the extent to which Muslims have experienced hostility,
abuse and prejudice since 7/7. The same poll also reveals the
general public's attitudes towards Islam and relations with
Muslims.

Since the bombings there has understandably been much press
coverage of the attacks and other terrorist incidents. Oborne
investigates whether this coverage has had the side-effect of
portraying Islam and British Muslims in a relentlessly negative
fashion, leading to the demonization of a diverse group of two
million people, most of whom have nothing to do with terrorism.

Dispatches commissioned a sophisticated study of press
coverage from Cardiff University's School of Journalism. The
research examined articles published in the British press over
the last eight years and their depiction of Muslims and Islam.
The troubling results of the study are revealed in the film.

Oborne also investigates the sources and accuracy of a rash of
press stories that have entered the public consciousness - such
as a London council 'banning Christmas' out of deference to
Muslims and a 'Muslim hate mob' wrecking a house rented to
returning soldiers from Afghanistan.

Oborne concludes that in today's climate the media say things
about Islam and Muslims they would never say about other
groups. When he replaces the word' 'Muslim' in some recent
headlines with 'Jews', 'Blacks' and 'Gays' and shows them to
members of the public, they find those headlines deeply
offensive.

In his first interview since leaving the Metropolitan Police, the
man who headed anti-terror operations on 7/7 and afterwards,
former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman talks about the
poor relations between Muslims and the security services.

MUSLIM SURVEY
As part of the Dispatches investigation 'It Shouldn't Happen To A
Muslim', Channel 4 commissioned two surveys, the details of
which are revealed below.

Omnibus: ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1006
adults aged 18+ by telephone on 21-22nd May 2008. Interviews
were conducted across the country and the results have been
weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the
British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Muslim: ICM interviewed a sample of 500 Muslims by telephone
on 22-28th May 2008. Muslims were previously interviewed on
the ICM random telephone omnibus and agreed to be
interviewed again at some point in the future. As they were
initially selected at random, it implies that the sample of Muslims
is itself representative of the Muslim community in Britain.

You can download both surveys in full, as well as the top line
comparisons across the two surveys.

Toplines
Download Muslim Poll
Download Omnibus Poll




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IMAGES OF ISLAM IN THE UK
Channel 4 also commissioned the Cardiff School of Journalism,
Media and Cultural Studies to analyse the the Representation of
British Muslims in the National Print News Media from 2000-
2008. Download report

MUSLIMS UNDER SIEGE
Peter Oborne and James Jones have written a pamphlet entitled
'Muslims Under Siege: Alienating Vulnerable Communities' to
accompany 'It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim'. Download
pamphlet

LIVE ONLINE DEBATE
Peter Oborne and the programme makers will be live on this site
from 9pm on Monday 7 July to discuss issues raised in the
programme. Join the debate




Further links related to this article

Channel 4 News

   Disarming Britain

External sites

   Peter Oborne: Is post-war Britain anti-
   Muslim?
   Peter Oborne: The enemy within? Fear
   of Islam - Britain's new disease
   Islamic Human Rights Commission
   FAIR (Forum Against Islamophobia
   and Racism)
   Runnymede Trust

Channel 4 is not responsible for the content of
external websites.



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