Appreciate Respect Shown
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
JMA wrote to the Shepparton News about an opinion piece titled “Respect Ramadan Values” (22/06/15). The article was a positive change for a faith group that is frequently covered by the media and usually in negative terms. A minor correction was pointed out that the Ramadan fast is from dawn to sunset rather than from sunrise as indicated. And although the list of exemptions may not have been exhaustive, includes children who have not reached puberty and menstruating women. The use of the word ‘ignorance’ may have been a bit harsh, but the piece certainly does improve awareness and promotes better harmony between diverse communities.
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The Australian corrects Quran errorTuesday, 9 August 2016
In an article published online by The Australian newspaper on Monday 8 August 2016, the word ‘Az-Zumar’ was referred to as the “central religious text of Islam.” JMA wrote to the newspaper to inform it that the word-Az-Zumar in fact referred to a chapter of the Quran and not the Quran itself. The article also contained an error in the spelling a person’s name referred to in the story. The newspaper corrected both mistakes.
SMH deletes sharia prison articleMonday 16 May 2016
On Friday 13 May 2016 the Sydney Morning Herald published an article about sharia law in prison. The article included the following: “About nine per cent of inmates identify as Muslim (an increase of one per cent in five years) compared to three per cent of the general population.” JMA wrote to inform the journalist that the 2011 census figure was 2.2% and not 3%. The journalist responded with surprise that the one-year old article was in fact published and requested that it be deleted.
‘Radical’ Sharia in AustraliaFriday, 4 March 2016
On February 16th 2016, the Daily Telegraph published an article about ‘radical’ Islamic speakers scheduled to attend a conference in Sydney. The next day the Daily Mail ran a similar story. Among a number of critical allegations reported was the alleged call to implement sharia in Australia. JMA wrote to both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Putting aside the absence of the context in which the alleged comments on sharia by one speaker were originally made, it appears that the journalists may not have been aware that aspects of sharia (Muslim law) are already accommodated within the Australian context, e.g., halal food certification for the lucrative export market. The fear campaign around sharia is disproportionate and sensationalised; and not conducive to enhancing social cohesion. One journalist acknowledged that the organisers and speakers of the upcoming conference should have been afforded the opportunity to comment, while the other newspaper duly noted the relevant insights on sharia provided by JMA.