Title

Do All Lives Really Matter?

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

10-11-2016

Abstract

"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 honor certain victims, not others. 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.”

This was in the wake of the terror attack in Turkey on March 13, 2016.

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

Publication Title

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