By Shahram Akbarzadeh & Bianca Smith

This file explores how the print media in Victoria represents Muslims and Islam in information tales considering September eleven, 2001 until eventually December 31, 2004. The file examines the level to which detrimental photos of Islam are reproduced within the pages of The Age and usher in sunlight newspapers. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Even an informed journalist with a high sense of professionalism and a commitment to avoiding stereotypes would find it difficult to avoid the negative impression that links Islam with violence and carnage. In such cases, journalists and their newspapers may not be faulted for this negative impression, and as such these stories were not identified as negative in the present study. Consequently, while the proportion of negative reporting is relatively small (5% for The Age and 24% for The Herald Sun), the type of news stories and their content could still leave a negative impression which are far more significant than this study was able to assess.

The dressing rooms are huge; we wrap the dresses in paper they (the women) feel they're special. " However, she says she sells many clothes to nonIslamic women. "They get beautiful clothes and an education, too. Peaceworkers going to Arabic countries, for example, come in and ask me what to wear and how to wear it. It's grouse. "Our religion is basically an instruction booklet for life. It gives me peace, harmony, patience. People say Islam is no good for women, but it's totally the opposite. Women have more rights than men do.

In another article on the same matter, the Herald Sun (13/06/2003) writes, The Turkish Islamic tradition of wives obeying their husbands led a woman to join in a $150,000 insurance scam over an exploded kebab shop, a court heard yesterday. … Her barrister, Reg Marron, said Ms Cubuk's strictly traditional Turkish Islamic family believed it was the wife's duty to obey her husband. He said Ms Cubuk's marriage was an arranged one, with Cubuk, who came out from Turkey, chosen by her parents. Mr Marron said that wives who disobeyed their husbands risked being beaten and that this was "straight from the Koran".

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