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Malik Ayub Sumbal is Senior Broadcaster, Political Commentator, and Media Consultant. Malik has been associated with world-leading media outlets and news channels. He has more than 18 years of experience while working on key editorial positions. Malik was President at the Consortium for Press Freedom (CPF), a leading organization working for the Press Freedom and Free Speech around the world.
Media, White Supremacists and Islamophobia

Media, White Supremacists and Islamophobia

The schema that the biased and double standard media has built up in the minds of the people around the world for years since this so-called war on terror started is that a terrorist has a long beard while killing people raising slogans Allah-o-Akbar, that mostly seen in the ISIS videos and vis-à-vis a shooter could be best defined as in the recent Live Facebook streaming, white supremacists terrorist, Brenton Tarrant did by killing at least 50 innocent people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.



After 9/11 the global media has turned against Muslims and Islam. The media conglomerates used terminologies like ‘Terrorist’ for ‘Muslims’ and the ‘Terrorism’ has been deliberately associated with the religion of ‘Islam’. This biased attitude of media has been badly exposed.


The global media agenda setters and the gatekeepers are not doing justice with their profession in the selection of the words into the various terrorist’s incidents around the world. Their profession especially their editorial skills when they use the word ‘Terrorist’ that for whom they use and for whom they should blackout.


If we can make a comparative analysis of the reporting, opinions, and television news coverage of various terrorist incidents committed by white supremacists and the dark skin perpetrators; there is a shameful difference that exposed the media houses double standards. The media practitioner can judge this differences in presenting facts, but now even a common person who has no media background can feel this huge difference, twisting of facts, swings in the context and use of the terminologies.


Due to this biased agenda setting tool, the world leading media houses have lost their credibility and viewership. These media behaviors resulted in the earning of the bad names and title for media house like Fake News title given by the US president Donald Trump.


To implement the media mogul’s agenda, with non-professional media approaches; awful reporting to misguide the viewers is actually a crime that media is doing with the negative role by flaring the hate towards Muslims.


Due to this biased reporting of media, the white supremacy mentality has been gone beyond an alarming level into the countries who called them as a champion of democracy and torchbearers of human rights. The emergence of far rights movements’ in Europe and the other so-called western democracies is heading towards a clash of civilizations and a clash of religions in the near future.
The media has propagated hates and enmity among the societies for the completion of their vested interested to accomplish their vile agendas.


The media narrative has gone to an overwhelmingly dangerous level of the extreme side of presenting the true facts that are far from reality. If the perpetrator is white then the narrative changed immediately and they have a variety of other words like Shooter, Violent or Aggressive mentalist, but as it comes to a bearded perpetrators the media pundits cannot stop them while yelling on the television screens with ‘Breaking News’ tickers and sensationalism, is this journalism or a planned strategy to malign Muslims?


Islamophobia has reached up to an alarming level and the white supremacists’ societies are turned to full of hate and violence towards Muslims. There has been a huge percentage of such kinds of incidents into the European, US and other countries where basic ideology is based on equality and humanity.


The west has been always fallen down from the high moral and ethical standards against their own double standards which they set for the others and it’s not the first time that their hypocrisy is unveiled to the world.


The western so-called democracies need to make them accountable and to review their policies regarding their devastating Islamophobia mentality and spreading hate and anger towards Muslims and other races otherwise the concept of global village will be vanished and building walls would be the only option left behind.

Malik Ayub Sumbal is an Award-Winning journalist, Geopolitical Analyst, Commentator & Moderator. He is the author of his newly published book Tovuz to Karabakh, A Comprehensive Analysis of War in South-Caucasus. He tweet @ayubsumbal