Press Release: China / UK – New briefing on-line, 'Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism as Art and Documentary: Notes on Shanghai Vice (UK, Channel 4, 1999).'

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Another look at the injustice and suppression of China's Muslim minority, but also media representation of the issue.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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26 January 2008

Press Release: China / UK – New briefing on-line, 'Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism as Art and Documentary: Notes on Shanghai Vice (UK, Channel 4, 1999).'

IHRC's latest briefing takes another look at the injustice and suppression of China's Muslim minority, but also media representation of the issue.

The report analyses the Channel 4 documentary series entitled 'Shanghai Vice' from 1999 and discusses underlying Islamophobic representation.

IHRC Head of Research, Arzu Merali, stated:

'Whilst highlighting the struggle of Han Chinese and the many injustices they suffer, the programme failed to reflect the problems of the Uighur and Muslims communities, allowing instead, derogatory and insolent comments to go unchallenged. The result was to portray a Chinese party line as fact i.e. that Muslims were the cause of disorder within the Chinese borders.“

To read this briefing, please visit: http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3127

For more information, please contact IHRC on (+44) 20 8904 4222 or (+44) 7958 60 74 75 or email info@ihrc.org

Notes to Editors:

1. The IHRC report, 'The British Media and Muslim Representation: The Ideology of Demonisation' (January 2007) is available to download from http://www.ihrc.org.uk/file/1903718317.pdf or to buy from http://www.ihrc.org.uk/catalog.[ENDS]

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