Student Amal was fed up of seeing misleading headlines about Muslims in the press, so she decided to do something about it. She got together a group of friends and created a video calling on the Sun and the Daily Mail for a meeting, so they could express their concerns.
The video has since gone viral. Watch the video below:
Posted by Amelia Viney on Sunday, 18 December 2016
Amal now says The Sun’s editor has agreed to a meeting, but they haven’t heard back from the Daily Mail.
Last year press watchdog the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) received an unprecedented 3,000 complaints over the article, which was headlined: ‘1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis.’
Sir Alan Moses, who chairs the Independent Press Standards Organisation and is a retired court of appeal judge, said he was “personally frustrated” with the “nasty” tone of some newspapers, most recently on display during the acrimonious build-up to the vote for Brexit in June. But he said it was not the role of IPSO to intervene on questions of tone and taste, even though its own editors’ code instructs the press to “avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference” to an individual’s race, colour or religion.
Amal is an advocate at The Advocacy Academy, a Social Justice Fellowship for young people who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Across eight intense months, the academy supports young leaders from marginalised communities to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. The Advocacy Academy was founded in February 2014 and is run by Amelia Viney, who received an UnLtd award 2016.