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How Media Use Stephen Timm’s Alleged Attacker Roshonara Choudhary To Bash Muslims

by | 15th, May 2010

Stephen Timms How Media Use Stephen Timms Alleged Attacker Roshonara Choudhary To Bash Muslims MORE on Labour MP Stephen Timms and the woman who stabbed him. She’s 21-year-old Roshonara Choudhary. Can the media use the incident to reinforce prejudice and its new agenda? What facts do you use in your story? Is the attacker’s, gender race and religion relevant? Is Muslim relevant? Is she a Muslim? Is she crazed?

All reports mention that the attacker was a woman. But mentioning the rest is down to editorial judgement.

In the Mirror, an eyewitness called Mr Ahmed says:

I heard a big commotion, everyone was screaming. There was a women wearing Muslim clothing, an orange headscarf and a black veil. A security guard grabbed her from behind.

NDTV (India):

Former British minister and senior Labour MP Stephen Timms escaped death narrowly after being attacked by a knife-wielding Muslim woman, a resident of his constituency.

BBC:

Labour MP Stephen Timms is said to be “in good spirits” in hospital after being stabbed twice in the stomach by a woman at his constituency surgery.

Independent:

Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham and a vice-chairman of the Labour Party, is thought to have been knifed twice in the stomach while meeting a female constituent at Beckton Globe community hall at 3.20pm yesterday.

Guardian:

Choudhary, who is unemployed and from the local area, has also been charged with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon. Two weapons have been recovered.

Daily Mail:

Choudhary, wearing what appeared to be Muslim dress, allegedly lunged at him and stabbed him twice before being restrained by a security guard and arrested.

Press TV (Iran):

A 21-year-old woman, who was arrested at the scene, has been held in custody in an East London police station. Police believe she may be connected to the incident.

Sky’s crime correspondent Martin Brunt said there did not appear to be any obvious motive for the attack.

He said a source had revealed the suspect was an Asian woman who is believed to have mental health problems.

Atlas Shruggs:

Interesting – It “appears” a Muslim woman, Roshonara Choudhary, has been arrested in attempting to kill Labour MP Stephen Timms. Could this Choudhary be related to Anjem Choudhary,the infamous devout muslim cleric hellbent on overthrowing the West and installing an Islamic state.

If you say she is a Muslim, do you also report the religion of every alleged nutter?

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