If you live outside Essex, you probably don’t know that 10 days ago a young Muslim woman was knocked to the ground by two men in Chingford and dragged along the pavement by her hijab. She was reportedly left lying there for 20 minutes after the attack, before two other men helped her into a nearby restaurant and called the emergency services.
Hearteningly, a large number of local people turned out this week for an anti-Islamophobia protest – but both this major incident and the resulting protest have been absent from national print and broadcast media.
Could this be:
a) because the mainstream media knows its incessant xenophobia and Islamophobia is behind the relentless rise in hate-crimes, especially after the Brexit vote made some racist idiots feel empowered?
b) because it doesn’t suit the narrow-minded worldview the majority of the media are trying to promote?
c) because making people aware of such things, well, makes people aware and they want us dulled and navel-gazing?
d) All of the above?
More than ever, getting the word out about what really matters is the responsibility of alternative media and social media users. Which may be why the media is happy to keep putting out reports about supposed ‘fake news‘ when the real fake news is as often by omission as by invention.
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