Student Amal was fed up 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 gone viral.
Please RT to help raise concerns with the UK's two biggest newspapers! pic.twitter.com/NWCOoeOIQN
— Amal (@aaamall) December 18, 2016
Amal now says The Sun’s editor has agreed to a meeting, but they haven’t heard back from the Daily Mail.
She is part of Advocacy Academy, a Social Justice Fellowship for young people passionate about making a difference.
The Academy says it support young leaders from marginalised communities, “to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century”.
Political Scrapbook asked Amal why she started this. She says:
The only ask really, is for them to hear our personal stories of growing up in a society that allows the release of headlines which fuel hatred against Muslims.
All I want is for them to be a little bit more conscious and sensitive when in future, they mention Muslims in reports.
Yesterday Political Scrapbook reported that Mail Online and Sun had published stories of a Muslim gunman in Spain shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and wearing a suicide vest.
The identical reports were both untrue. The Sun has now amended its story, without acknowledging the mistake, while the Mail story remains as is.
When will Britain’s tabloid media change their own culture of fake news?