International Seminar on Communication Science: Discussed Post-Terror Media Coverage in New Zealand

Author : Humas | Monday, April 22, 2019 11:45 WIB
One of the presentations from the speaker. (Photo: Mirza / PR)

Negative images and stereotypes of Islam were often encountered in the reporting of a number of media. This was conveyed by Budi Suprapto, teaching staff at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Communication Science at the International Seminar on "Post Terror Shooting in New Zealand: Response and Ways of Media Coverage on Muslims" at the BAU Auditorium on Thursday (4/18) morning.

The irony was, he continued, seeing in Indonesia that the majority of the population embraced Islam, but did not yet have sufficient strength when dealing with the news that was detrimental to Muslims, as well as Islamic groups. "There are four keys to discourse that is often used by Indonesian media in interpreting Islamic groups, which are extremists, fundamentalists, terrorists, and anti-NKRI," he said.

Three of these discourses, which were extremists, fundamentalists and terrorists, were often found in Western reporting. While Tobias Hoheneder, teaching staff at the University of Erlangen Numberg, Germany also conveyed the framing of Islam in the media. "Although Germany is a country that accepts Muslim immigrants, 80% of the news shows the negative side of Muslims," ​​he said.

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Different from in Indonesia, according to Budi Suprapto, the media did not show its existence as a media in a country where the majority of the population was Muslim. There were not many media in Indonesia that used the word Muslim in their reporting. In fact, he added, the Indonesian president did not really show the existence in declaring an attitude towards terrorism.

If seen, the framing of the German media regarding Muslims, for example in the form of women's oppression, integration issues, and associated with a certain stigma, suspicion and stereotypes, which was as a religion that was pro-violence and a hotbed of terrorism. Tobias also told how the talkshow on media in Germany only invited lecturers from known radical groups.

Meanwhile, said Mustafa Selcuk, an Aristotle University of Thessaloniki PhD candidate, after the shooting action in New Zealand, the Western world began to change their perspective on Muslims and began to look at the positive side of Muslims. "Jerusalem, whose country has problems with Muslim countries, media also said that the shooting was an act of terror," he continued. (Win)

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