26 July 2016

Muslim leader Ali Selim urges media to avoid linking attacks to Islam

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland has said the media should stop associating terrorist atrocities with Islam, following the latest attack in France.

Dr Selim said those who carry out such acts of violence should be treated as criminals and that blaming Muslims generally was unhelpful.

The murder of Fr Jacques Hamel at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen drew reaction from the wider religious community on Tuesday.

Speaking in a radio interview on 4FM, Dr Selim said the media should refrain from associating such attacks with either Islam or Muslims.

“An atrocity is an atrocity. However, we have to isolate the perpetrators and not associate them with Muslims,” he said. [Irish Times] Read more