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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“Five-year old girls forced” assertion correctedThursday, 19 January 2017
On Monday 17 January, The Australian newspaper published a report stating that an Islamic school in Sydney was forcing five-year old girls to wear headscarfs. The report was subsequently also covered by the Daily Mail Online. JMA contacted both media companies to allege that based on the school’s uniform policy available on its website the assertion was inaccurate. The Daily Mail Online immediately agreed to amend the report’s headline and body removing the incorrect assertion regarding five-year-old girls. The Australian eventually amended its online report after JMA referred it to photos on the school’s website clearly showing primary school girls not wearing headscarfs.
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.