Dec 4 2013
In the lead up to the International Human Rights Day on December 10th 2013, the Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) are pleased to announce the release of a major new report into the growing problem of online hate targeting the Muslim community.
OHPI The report, titled ‘Islamophobia on the Internet: The growth of online hate targeting Muslims’, is now available to journalists and bloggers by request. Parts of the report are publicly available below, and the full report will be available from this page on December 10th to mark the International Human Rights Day.
The report examines anti-Muslim hate on Facebook and was produced by the Online Hate Prevention Institute, Australia’s only charity entirely dedicated to the growing problem of online hate, in consultation with the Islamic Council of Victoria, the peak body representing Victoria’s Muslim community. The report follows previous major works by OHPI examining online hate against Indigenous Australians, the Jewish Community, and the ANZACs and Military Veterans.
This major work examines 50 anti-Muslim Facebook pages (BNI is not on Facebook but thousands of its posts are reposted there). The Facebook pages range from “The Islamic threat” which today passed the 113,000 supporter mark and continues to rapidly grow, to “Mohammad the PIG” which vanished after reaching 2000 supporters. From these 50 pages the report documents 349 images of anti-Muslim hate. These images represent 191 unique images and many repetitions as messages of hate move between the different pages. The message of hate in this report are divided into seven themes which the report discusses.
The themes of anti-Muslim hate and an illustrative example of each:
Muslims as a Security Threat or Threat to Public Safety
Muslims as a Cultural Threat
Muslims as an Economic Threat
Content Dehumanising or Demonizing Muslims
Threats of Violence, Genocide and Direct Hate Targeting Muslims
Hate Targeting Refugees / Asylum Seekers
Other Forms of Hate Speech
(These typically seek to create acceptability for religious vilification of Muslims, or to suggest Muslims who speak out against extremism are part of a conspiracy.)