'Radical' Sharia in Australia
Friday, 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 Putting aside the absence of the context in which the alleged comments on sharia by one speaker were originally made, it appears that the journalists may not have been aware that aspects of sharia (Muslim law) are already accommodated within the Australian context, e.g.,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.
Daily Mail Australia clarifies
Thursday, 21 January 2016
In a news report titled “How a would-be jihadi was tricked out of travelling to Syria to fight with ISIS by his girlfriend” published online by the Daily Mail Australia on 9th January 2016, the implication may have been conveyed that the “recruiter” referred to was part of the Markaz Imam Ahmad mosque.
JMA wrote to the news outlet indicating that the implication was unsubstantiated and may be defamatory of the mosque. The publisher agreed to amend the article and added that the mosque denied it was involved in terrorist recruiting.