ED2011 Book Reviews

Julian Petley And Robin Richardson – How The Press Fuels Myths About Islam

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

Julian Petley and Robin Richardson’s illuminating hour-long talk is, admittedly, less a discussion of Islam – though as you’d expect, this features quite heavily – than it is a diatribe against the right-wing press. I lost count, about half-way through, of how many times they’d mentioned the phone-hacking scandal. Still, it’s an enthralling hour, shot through with sobering statistics – according to one survey, over half of the population associate the words ‘extremist’ and ‘terrorist’ with ‘Muslim’ – and littered with anecdotal evidence for their points. In many ways, it’s more a lecture than a discussion, with both men choosing to address the audience separately, from the podium, with prepared notes – but it’s an excellent one, about a topic all too relevant today.

Peppers Theatre, 17 Aug, 4.00pm (5.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp19