headed Scotland Yard's Muslim contact unit, which helped improve relations between the police and Britain's Islamic communities. The unit won praise from even long-standing critics of the police, and Lambert was awarded an MBE.
So he's well-qualified to write about such issues.
Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London Case Study reveals:
how perpetrators of hate-crimes against Muslims are invariably motivated by a negative view of Muslims acquired from mainstream or extremist nationalist media reports or commentaries.
So not something that is going to widely covered by the tabloids then?
In this report we introduce empirical evidence that demonstrates tangible links between Islamophobia or anti-Muslim bigotry in both
(i) mainstream political and media discourse and
(ii) extremist nationalist discourse and anti-Muslim hate crimes.
That is to say the report provides prima facie and empirical evidence to demonstrate that assailants of Muslims are invariably motivated by a negative view of Muslims they have acquired from either mainstream or extremist nationalist reports or commentaries in the media.
And then, in a section entitled 'Motivation of anti-Muslim hate crimes':
Islamophobic, negative and unwarranted portrayals of Muslim London as 'Londonistan' and Muslim Londoners as terrorists, terrorist sympathisers and subversives in sections of the media appear to provide the motivation for a significant number of anti-Muslim hate crimes.
Although she is not the only one to use the term, Londonistan is the name of a book by Mail columnist Melanie Phillips. A book that appears on the BNP's recommended reading list. Other than that, the report does not name particular writers or newspapers or articles, which seems like a bit of a missed opportunity to provide some academic analysis on some of the worst excesses of the right-wing press.
It is not just the media to blame, or who are the focus of the report, with recommendations for the police and for policy makers too:
Anti-Muslim hate crimes have not been afforded the same priority attention government and police have invested in racist hate crimes.
But the recommendations for the media are worth highlighting:
- Sections of media unwittingly provide Islamophobic motivation for anti-Muslim hate crimes.
- Media should embrace and promote victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same way as victims of other hate crimes.
The use of 'unwittingly' seems a bit generous given some of the anti-Muslim filth the tabloids publish which are designed to do nothing but increase hostility towards Muslims. Front pages such as this and this do not appear by accident.
On the second point yes, of course, the media should report all hate crimes equally. As indeed it should report all people convicted on terror offences equally. But that just doesn't happen. And that doesn't seem at all likely to change.
Well, at time of writing, this report has been available for many hours. And, apart from the Guardian, none of press appears to have written one word about it.