Ken Livingstone commissioned a report called "Common Ground". Here's some extracts and also attached is the report:- (hat tip Liam)
The research undertaken for this report highlights examples of good practice and makes recommendations to news organisations as to how they can play a role in morefairly portraying Muslims and Islam through self-regulation and the development of codes of professional conduct. Increasing Muslim representation in the media is essential to overcome theelementaryignorance upon which so much Islamophobia – as with other forms of prejudice and bigotry – feeds.
"4 Foreign policy
Much of UK foreign policy works to the disadvantage of Muslims overseas. Examples include the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, support for the government of Israel in its dealings with Palestinians and ; Lebanon, insufficient criticism of the US creation of Guantanamo Bay, and exploitation of natural resources, particularly oil, in Muslim countries. "
"Western and Islamic values are not incompatible. For example, the objectives (maqasid)and essential interests (masaleh daruriyah)of the Shariah (Islamic Law) – namely, the development of individuals, social justice and communities through the protection of life, intellect, religion, family and wealth – are little different from the deeper values and principles that underpin European human rights law, as captured in the European Convention of Human Rights. "
"Consideration should again be given to amending the Press Complaints Commission’s (PCC) terms of reference so it can consider distorted and inaccurate coverage of groups and communities as well as of individuals, and can consider complaints from third parties."
"The term ‘Islamophobia’ in its current sense was coined in about
1990. Itcan be a useful shorthand term for referring to coverage that:
• presents narratives about Islam and Muslims as threats at the same
time as ignoring or misrepresenting alternative narratives
• does so with closed not open ways of thinking, talking and engagement
• is likely to increase insecurity and vulnerability amongst Muslims
• is likely also to provoke anxiety, fear and panic amongst non-Muslims
• is unlikely thereforeto help diminish levels of hate crime and acts of
discrimination against Muslims
• is unlikely to contribute to an informed debate about ways of
maintaining and developing Britain as a multicultural, multifaith democracy. "
Freedom in England R.I.P.