Title

Let’s Stand with All, Not Just Some, Terrorized People

Authors

Faisal Kutty

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

3-29-2016

Source Publication

Toronto Star

Description

“We almost turned it on when terrorists attacked Ankara since Turks are technically Caucasian,” wrote IslamicaNews referring to the popular Facebook feature that allows members to activate a flag overlay to show solidarity with and honour victims. The satirical website, putting words in the mouth of a fake Facebook spokesperson, added: “But then we thought, come on … They’re not like regular white people. Disqualified.”

IslamicaNews is not alone in noticing Western bias in the coverage of terror attacks. Victims are given extensive, sympathetic and prolonged attention when they are primarily white or non-Muslims, while the plight of similar victims in Muslim or developing countries are underplayed or even ignored.