Calling the attacks on the Mosques in New Zealand terrorist attacks isn’t enough to address structural Islamophobia | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

Following the horrific white supremacist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, there have been many calls for the media to label the attackers as terrorists. However as Basit Mahmood writes, this is only the start if we are to address structural Islamophobia To say that I’m devastated at the news of the mosque shootings… Read More

Why doesn’t the media portray Islamophobia in the Conservative Party as a scandal? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

  As The Independent Group welcomes three Conservative MPs, Basit Mahmood wonders why the widespread Islamophobia within the Conservative party has garnered little media attention As three Conservative MPs quit their party to join the new Independent Group of MPs, I wondered if, among the reasons for their departure, any would make reference to the… Read More

“A state of constant anxiety and hypervigilance” – Islamophobia and how it affects the mental health of Muslims

With hate crime on the rise in the UK and continuing discrimination in many areas of life, Basit Mahmood discusses an issue that gains relatively little attention – the effect of Islamophobia on the mental health of Muslims We usually have no problem accepting that the environment we grow up in and experience has an… Read More

We need to address the racialisation of crime and deviance | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

With recent reports showing that half of young prison inmates are from a black and minority ethnic background, Basit Mahmood argues that it’s time for a new approach other than criminalisation without addressing underlying causes A report cited by the Voice newspaper in 2011 revealed that black boys made up 40% of the prison population,… Read More

The government is reviewing the Prevent strategy – will it listen to the communities most affected? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

The government is set to review its much criticised Prevent counter-extremism strategy, however in his first column for Media Diversified, Basit Mahmood asks will they actually listen to the real-life experience and concerns of members of the Muslim communities most affected? Note: the featured image above is a stock photo. Earlier this week, the government’s… Read More

Why “I did it to pay my bills” is never an excuse for journalists who spread hate | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

There’s been a debate on whether it’s acceptable for young, ostensibily left wing journalists to write sensationalist hate-mongering articles for right-wing media as they rise up the career ladder, with many senior journalists showing support. However as Basit Mahmood writes, when you come from a community affected by dangerous rhetoric, it’s a different story.  … Read More