This article is an extract based on OHPI’s Annual Report for the 2016 Financial Year. Return to the Report.

Empirical Report on Anti-Muslim Hate

samih-report-ihrd-fbThe report “Spotlight on Anti-Muslim Internet Hate Interim Report” was released for International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2015. It is based on a sample of over 1,000 items of anti-Muslim hate and is a product of the “Spotlight on Anti-Muslim Internet Hate” campaign started the previous year. The project received financial report from the Victorian Government, the Australian Federal Police and the Islamic Council of Victoria. On the OHPI site the page about the report has been liked or shared 1,066 times in social media and a pdf of the report on Scribd has been viewed over 850 times.

The report shows how prevalent different forms of anti-Muslim hate are in social media. The most prevalent narrative of hate was that Muslims are a cultural threat also expressed as Muslims being “a threat to our way of life” this made up 33% of the total sample. Also common was the idea of Muslims as terrorists, criminals or a security threat which made up 19% of the sample. 17% of the sample sought to demonize Muslims and 9% advocated violence against Muslims. Other specific categories examined in the report included anti-refugee xenophobia against Muslims, attacking those who support Muslims, seeking to socially exclude Muslims, presenting Muslims as dishonest.

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This article is an extract based on OHPI’s Annual Report for the 2016 Financial Year. Return to the Report.