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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ABC changes “Australians, not migrants” headlineMonday 5 December 2016
On Sunday 4 December 2016 the ABC published a news report online with the headline: “Victoria youth crime: Statistics show most offences committed by Australians, not migrants.” JMA wrote to the media organisation arguing that the headline was misleading since it implied that migrants may not be Australian – i.e., that the two were mutually exclusive. JMA added that the Victorian Police data included in the report only indicated whether offenders were either born in Australia or not. The data did not reveal anything about the Australian citizenship status of offenders. The ABC amended the headline.
Daily Mail amends 'hijab-wearing' headlineSunday, 4 December 2016
In an article published online by the Daily Mail on Friday 2 December 2016, the phrase ‘hijab-wearing supporter' was included in the headline. JMA wrote to the newspaper arguing that the phrase referencing the 'hijab' had no relevance to the story and may only serve to vilify the faith of people who wear the religious headscarf. The newspaper agreed to amend the headline and removed the reference.
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 of a person’s name referred to in the story. The newspaper corrected both mistakes.