Report Alleges "Climate of Hostility" in Media Reporting of Muslims, Roma, Others

June 15, 2005

Source: Asians in Media

On June 15, 2005 Asians in Media reported, "The British media is encouraging a 'climate of hostility' towards asylum seekers, refugees, Muslims, Roma/Gypsies and Travellers, a new report says. Published by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) yesterday, it said that organisations active in combating racism placed media reporting on asylum, immigration and terrorism at the centre of their concerns. 'In the asylum and immigration field, the media are, for instance, reported to have continued to use provocative, sensationalist and sometimes outright racist language, present facts and statistics in a biased way, and accompany articles with threatening images,' it says. The ECRI was established by the Strasbourg based Council of Europe to be an independent human rights monitoring body that specialises in issues relating to racism and intolerance."