In the weeks following the Manchester Arena terror attack, the media was at the forefront of the debate over how to protect the city from terrorism.
It was in this context that BBC News commentator Andrew Neil told us how he was told by a colleague that the BBC’s coverage of the event was a “black eye” for the country.
This prompted me to look at the BBC News coverage of terror attacks and what it tells us about how the media are perceived.
The following are my findings.
The first of my main findings is that while the UK has always been at the front of the pack in terms of coverage of terrorism, in the last decade the public has become increasingly cynical about the media.
This is partly because of the proliferation of social media, where people can broadcast their thoughts and opinions in real time, and in which people can share their images, stories and opinions on Facebook.
However, it is also partly because the UK’s media is more likely to focus on terrorism stories, such as the Manchester bombing, and less likely to tackle issues of race, ethnicity and gender.
One of the biggest misconceptions about terrorism in Britain is that it is primarily about white people.
This is largely because of two major factors: the perception that the media is biased towards white people, and the lack of evidence that this bias exists.
First, while the majority of the world’s Muslims are Muslim, there is a sizeable minority of people who are not Muslim, who are ethnically and racially diverse.
Second, Muslims account for less than one per cent of the British population.
Third, a major part of the problem with the media’s coverage is that they tend to ignore terrorism cases and instead focus on the “war on terror” stories.
I found that the majority – and probably the majority in most cases – of the coverage focused on terrorism in the UK.
This was because the media have a vested interest in portraying terrorism as a white-centric, Western-style war, and thus a war against Muslims.
However, as a result of the war on terror, the majority is now questioning the way the media portray terrorism cases, and even suggesting that the case for the war has been overstated.
What is the media trying to achieve?
As a result, it seems clear that the mainstream media have little interest in presenting the wider picture of the terrorism problem in the country, or in presenting a balanced account of the wider issues affecting Muslims in Britain.
Instead, the main focus is on the Manchester attacks and the police response.
This has led to a perception among some Muslims that the public is largely oblivious to the situation in Britain, and is instead focused on the police case against Salman Abedi, rather than the wider terrorism story.
In fact, in May 2017 the BBC aired an episode of a news program called “The Big Picture” that was ostensibly about terrorism and was based on a story about Abedi.
This segment showed a clip of Abedi talking about his experiences with the police and the bombing, but then showed the BBC news program’s coverage and the fact that the prime minister, Theresa May, had condemned the bombing and urged the police to do more to tackle terrorism.
Instead, the programme showed the prime minster, who has not made any criticism of the police, condemning the bombing as a terrorist attack and then stating that the government was working on ways to improve security in the capital.
While the prime ministers statement has sparked outrage from many Muslim groups and even some MPs, it was not seen by the public as an attack on Islam.
In fact, the BBC was able to present the segment as an example of the government’s approach to tackling terrorism.
The government was able in this instance to draw attention to the fact the prime ministerial statement was not a condemnation of Islam, but rather a criticism of Islam’s attitude towards extremism and the media coverage that has followed.
But this does not necessarily mean that Muslims do not see this episode as a sign of the media failing to understand Islam.
The prime minister’s statement has had a profound impact on the way Muslims view terrorism.
For example, when she announced the bombing in May, she did so by saying that the bombing was in response to what she called the “perverted and evil” nature of terrorism.
As a result many Muslims believe that this is not the case.
A number of recent incidents of extremism have led to criticism of mainstream media outlets, especially the BBC, for their failure to adequately cover the issue of extremism and terrorism in this country.
In September, the Muslim Council of Britain called for the closure of the BBC after the broadcaster refused to show the footage of Aboud’s alleged suicide attack on Westminster Bridge, which was the subject of a BBC documentary.
The same month, the London Muslim Association published a report calling for the BBC to be shut down for failing to report on terrorism cases involving British Muslims.
The report said that the programme had failed to accurately portray the