Presentation of the Report of the Observatory of Islamophobia in the Media

2 October 2018 | Presentation | Spanish | IEMed, Barcelona
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60% of the news about Islam in 6 Spanish newspapers are Islamophobic. La Vanguardia, El Mundo, La Razón, 20 minutos, El País and have published news, interviews and opinion articles on Islam and muslims during 2017 that fall into Islamophobia, although in different proportions depending on the newspaper. This is stated by the Observatory of Islamophobia in the Media, which in its first annual report “The undisputed reality: Islamophobia in the media” during 2017 has identified and evaluated 1659 news from these media.
According to the Observatory’s working methodology, the information categorized as Islamophobic, either contains Islamophobic ideas (title / subtitle and / or text and image), or -without being explicit- favors Islamophobic interpretations. The working methodology of the Observatory, as well as articles and analysis of journalistic contents or recommendations and good practices can be consulted on the website
The Observatory of Islamophobia in the Media is an initiative of the IEMed and the Al Fanar Foundation for Arab Knowledge, which has the support of Casa Árabe, the Tres Culturas Foundation and the Euro-Arab Foundation, and in 2018 the Campus Excellence Mare Nostrum (University of Málaga) also joined the initiative. Its aim is to identify examples of Islamophobia in journalistic information to promote in collaboration with the media to make “journalism, accurate, balanced and aware of its role as an opinion maker in promoting an inclusive society “.


Lurdes Vidal

Lurdes Vidal

Director of the area of Arab World and Mediterranean IEMed

Pedro Rojo

President Fundació Al Fanar

Carme Colomina

Professor College of Europe

Moussa Bourekba

Researcher CIDOB



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