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PRESS RELEASE - UK: Nominees announced for Islamophobia Awards 2016

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Winners announced at ceremony on 5 March 2016


Islamic Human Rights Commission have announced the nominees for the Islamophobia Awards 2016. The gala dinner features a satirical awards ceremony where those who have been the most Islamophobic over the past year are awarded for their "accomplishments". The event aims to subvert Islamophobia through comedy and revue while simultaneously addressing a serious and significant issue in a creative manner.

Following last year's trend, the awards are split into four separate categories: UK, International, News/Media and Film/Book/TV Series. Nominees were submitted by the general public who had the chance to write in whomever they felt had displayed prominent cases of Islamophobia. Familiar names crop up in the 'UK' category with the likes of David Cameron and last year's 'Overall Islamophobe' winner Theresa May but there are new faces too with appearances by OFSTED head Michael Wilshaw and the "counter-extremism organisation" Inspire. Reasons cited include Cameron's alienating rhetoric, May's police-state policies and Wilshaw's suggestion to ban face veils in schools.

Nominees in the 'International' category are literally spread across the globe with the inclusion of Burmese politican Aung San Suu Kyi who has ignored the persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in the region; Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson who have both been comfortable attacking Muslims during their respective campaigns for president; and the government of Tajikistan where police have shaved nearly 13,000 people's beards and closed more than 160 shops selling traditional Muslim clothing in the past year.

'News Media' features last year's clear winner Fox News; Sky News' Kay Burley for her easy and direct dismissal of the suggestion that what she was saying was both racist and Islamophobic and journalist Cathy Newman for her infamous incident with an unfortunate South London mosque. This year also sees numerous television series nominated in the 'Book/Movie/TV' category as well as Glenn Beck's latest book and the newly-released movie "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

Winners will be highlighted during the spoof awards ceremony which will be taking place on Saturday, 5 March 2016 at The Clay Oven in Wembley. The ceremony will be accompanied by live entertainment and stand-up comedy.

2016 ISLAMOPHOBIA AWARDS NOMINATIONS:

UK:

  • David Cameron
  • Maajid Nawaz
  • Katie Hopkins
  • William Shawcross
  • INSPIRE
  • David Coburn
  • Mona Siddiqi
  • Theresa May
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Michael Wilshaw

INTERNATIONAL:

  • Donald Trump
  • Ben Carson
  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Bill Maher
  • Marine le Pen
  • Karamay, China
  • Geert Wilders
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Tajikistan

NEWS & PRINT/ONLINE MEDIA:

  • Daily Mail
  • Fox News
  • The Sun
  • Ann Coulter
  • Isha Sesay and John Vause; CNN
  • Cathy Newman
  • The Daily Caller
  • Breitbart
  • Sam Harris
  • Kay Burley; Sky News

MOVIE/BOOK/TV SERIES:

  • Homeland
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate by Glenn Beck
  • Tyrant
  • State of Affairs
  • Citizen Khan
  • Arrow
  • Marvel's Agents Of Shield

Notes to editors:

About the Islamophobia Awards:

Date: Saturday, 5 March 2016

Time: 6.30pm – 11pm

Venue: The Clay Oven, 197 Ealing Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 4LW

General public can purchase tickets here: http://shop.ihrc.org/islamophobia-awards-2016

General public can vote for who wins here: http://ihrc.org.uk/events/11624-islamophobia-awards-2016-vote-now

For all media enquiries and to register to attend please email nadia@ihrc.org or call 020 8904 4222

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