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ITV News corrects ‘salute’ mistranslation after CfMM complaint

Publication

ITV News

Muslim convert Safiyya Shaikh jailed for at least 14 years for St Paul’s suicide terror attack plot

Date

3 July 2020

ITV News responded promptly and removed the phrase “Islamic State salute” from the body of their coverage, following a CfMM complaint.

The “Islamic State salute” referred to the inaccurate attribution of the Islamic finger-raising gesture, often used to symbolise Tawheed – the oneness of God, to the terrorist organisation, after the action was appropriated by a convicted suicide bomber.

We thank ITV News for promptly removing mention of the finger raise as “widely recognised as an Islamic State salute” from the body of their article, after CfMM complained to the editors and highlighted the issues.

In addition, UK news agency Press Association have also made similar edits to their coverage of the story. Many news outlets use content directly from PA for their publications, so this is a very positive move as well.

This media mistranslation of Islam highlights a wider problem regarding the lack of Muslim representation in the media and religious illiteracy. As CfMM, we work daily to improve the narrative surrounding Islam and Muslims through media engagement.

Conclusion

Success.

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