For example, the BBC and Sky news coverage (on Saturday evening) of the EDL demonstration was a travesty. No-one from the EDL was interviewed to explain why they were protesting. (Come to that, no-one from the UAF was interviewed either.) The police presence was shown at the EDL demonstration, but not at the UAF demo. Apparently “missiles were thrown” during the EDL demo. No attempt was made to explain why, or by whom, or even whether the people involved were really EDL supporters. The issue of Jihadism was never even mentioned! I wasn’t there, so I can’t say what exactly happened. But the mainstream media has now become, on some issues, an unreliable source of information.
If any English speaking foreigners elsewhere in the world (who haven’t necessarily been to GB or have much general knowledge about it) saw those BBC/Sky news bulletins on satellite/cable TV on Saturday night they must have been totally bemused! There was no attempt to explain the standpoint or views of ANY of the demonstrators - either EDL or UAF !
Despite the fact that I disagree with the view that all Muslims are Jihadists (as I have Muslim friends who are just as opposed to Jihadism as I am); despite the fact I’m not a BNP supporter; despite the fact that I have strong reservations about some of the ways the EDL tries to promote its message (though I 100% support its anti-Jihadist stance) I still think that
1) the EDL (and the BNP for that matter) have the right to be heard
2) the media has a duty to report their views, and at least make an effort to be objective
3) there is a problem called Islamic Jihadism, and this needs mainstream political recognition and media
4) it’s not automatically racist to say you’re opposed to Islamic Jihadism – this also needs to be acknowledged by mainstream politicians and the media
5) there is an urgent need for a wider debate in this country about what to do about extremist Jihadism
6) ordinary, moderate Muslims should make more of an effort to speak up about - and condemn - the evil
Jihadist nutters behind things such as the 7/7 bombings.
So it seems to me the question is, what is the best way to try and address these points ?