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How Media Use Stephen Timm’s 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.

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Posted: 15th, May 2010 | In: Reviews | Comments (38)