Interactive Investigating International Islamaphobia Network Nominated For a Webby Award
In America today, there’s a well-funded force working to vilify Muslims and Islam for political gain.
“It’s a fairly small core network of scholars who are pushing these ideas and continue to push them,” explained Matt Duss, Fear Inc. Researcher.
In 'The Islamaphobia Network,' a group of foundations and donors provide the money - to date more than $57 million.
That money is then given to a selection of tightly knit organizations that rely on a handful of “experts” to orchestrate the spreading to misinformation about Islam. That misinformation then spreads to a larger network of activists, politicians and media, in order to maintain the false idea that Islam is a violent religion.
The Islamophobia network’s real consequences for Muslim Americans include bullying, violence and a nationwide push for laws targeting Muslims. Fo example, the NYPD conducted a spying program that covertly monitored Muslim communities in New York City. And following the Boston Marathon bombings, a Muslim doctor was assaulted five miles outside the city limits.
This interactive tells these stories - and those of the people who came together to fight against the Islamaphobia network
“I think this is a very basic American civil rights, religious freedom issue. This is one of the core beliefs of all Americans, progressives and conservatives. The right to practice your religion,” Duss announced.
Since launching in February 2016, Fear Inc. has been nominated for a Webby Award for General Website / Activism. The winners will be announced Thursday.
Watch: A brief explanation of 'The Islamaphobia Network' from one of 'Fear Inc.''s key researchers