Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing (Sahara Reporters, Albani & Islamophobia) By Abdurrahman Islam
By Abdurrahman Islam
The influx of seemingly progressive electronic media in Nigeria was seen as a paradigm-shifting phenomena that will help in de-constructing irrationally internalized stereotypes. I was first introduced to Sahara reporters by my late mother when she brought home an article printed from Saharareporters.com; the article evoked in me the cries of Eureka! I devoured and preached the contents like some divinely inspired gospels of truth. Alas! Soon was I to discover the obvious idiopathy.
Unfortunately the more you read Sahara reporters the more you notice an irrationally bigoted pattern of incessant Islamophobia. My gospels of truth were gospels of doom after all. In fact prophet Muhammad(SAW)’s bashing is a regular feature in their comments section. Last time they ran an expose on Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s so called affair, I read it with as much contempt for Sanusi as I could muster(because I personally hate the man but that wouldn’t blind me) but soon was I to discover that their so called facts will put Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph’s yellow journalism to shame. It was clear that they were out to gun the man for daring to add the word ISLAMIC before banking.
Yesterday after the brutal murder of Ash Shaykh Awwal Albany along with his wife and son, it was business as usual for the Jackal. They ran the story with the hateful and provocative title ” Radical Islamic preacher Albanin Zaria & wife killed by unknown gunmen”. Well someone might argue that the word RADICAL isn’t that bad, well so is CLAN; add it to ku klux and see how good it looks. Afterwards they were quick to imply who the killers were(of course ISLAMists) even thou the Nigerian police haven’t given any official statement. They want to sway the tides of public opinion by accusing the usual suspects(you know who).
Amidst all the window dressing and feigning of objectivity by their founder on twitter, Sahara reporters are bigoted Islamophobes cloaked in progressive garments.
Abdurrahman Islam Writes in via firstname.lastname@example.org
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