Mr Khan


Citizen Khan is a funny TV show that follows Muslim community leader Mr Khan and his family. The show first aired in August 27, 2012. Created by Adil Ray, the actor who also portrays Mr Khan in the British sitcom has gotten a rating of 6 out of 10 on IMDb. Produced by the BBC and airs on BBC1, the show is set in Sparkhill, East Birmingham and is now in its fifth season.

The show was generally funny, made me laugh here and there. The sitcom was not as offensive as the review has made it seem. The Telegraph titled their review about the show as being ‘embarrassing’ and added that it was “grimly retrograde.” However, the Dailymail finds it hilarious and not racist in any way. Saira Khan, a writer for the Dailymail shared her views saying “At last, I thought, a home-grown sitcom that allowed British Muslims to laugh at themselves. Good on the BBC for finally realising the comic potential in one of the biggest communities that make up modern Britain. Of course, it’s a shame it took the Beeb 40 years, but it got there eventually.

The show has gotten a lot of criticism from Muslim viewers and Twitter is blowing up with religious resentment.


Media Monitoring 3 – End of the week


Picture: Frederick Paxton/Vice News

November 9, 2016

The leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has secretly disclosed his fear of getting killed in Mosul and has chosen his right hand man when he dies. An unknown source has said that the terror group’s media outlet has been spreading the ‘unprecedented’ decision. The true identity of the leader will be kept hidden in order to avoid revolts within ISIS.

As Iraqi troops have taken back most of the city, the announcement of having a new leader is kept tightly under wraps.

In a city near Mosul, there has been sightings of flames and smoke rising from the ground. This occurred due to the burning of oil facility in the town of Qayyarah. The oil wells were set on fire by ISIS extremists as the military of Iraq attacked to regain their town.

Many have complained of respiratory problems and others, even though they were freed from ISIS are now living with low power, water supply contaminated with oil which comes periodically and a harsh cloud of smoke over their heads.

The Dailymail has portrayed this story using bullet points at the beginning, focusing on the main points. They have also used photos and added a video at the end of the post. It ends it’s article with information about the leader of Islamic State which includes two headshots of him.

BBC has a very short update on the story on this day but includes a video as well.

The story is still being updated day by day. This is a war zone, it’s not something to cover in a day or two. Iraqi troops are trying endlessly to recover their homes and lands that were forcefully taken from them by ISIS. This cannot be done easily. On the bright side however, the troops have managed gain territory according  to analysis by IHS Conflict Monitor and ISIS fighters have been loosing.


Media Monitoring 2 – Story development


People leave Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

November 8, 2016

Iraqi forces have found a horrifying site located near Mosul. The School of Agriculture is on the outer parts of Hammam al-Alil, a town that was taken back from ISIS on Monday. A mass grave was discovered inside the school containing the remains of roughly 100 people.

The troops perceived a strong odor as they were heading towards the town of Hammam al-Alil. The town lies 19 miles from Mosul. ISIS has murdered thousands of people in executions and extrajudicial killings. Press footage shows bones and decomposed bodies along with pieces of clothing and plastic being dug out of the ground, Associated Press reported. This is a sad site for members of the Iraqi forces who are digging up skulls and dragging bodies out of the mass grave. Troops are wearing masks to protect themselves from the horrid smell as they dug up bodies out of a grave. One skull was found with a blindfold worn by the victim before they were beheaded by ISIS executioners.

The head of operations room in the general secretariat of the cabinet, Mohammed Taher al-Tamimi, said the killings looked like a ‘massacre’ and victims were blindfolded with their hands and feet bound. Some bodies were decapitated, while others had been broken into pieces, he explained. Iraqi investigators carried out an initial examination of the grave. ISIS militants have been butchering thousands of people and documenting them with vicious images and videos online.

A representative of the Iraqi council of ministers for rescuing Iraqis fleeing the fighting, Col Khalid Jaburi said: “I cannot be exact about the number because we are still investigating … Daesh also beheaded 100 former police officers and soldiers and dumped them in a mass grave.”

The Dailymail used an effective approach in their title by adding the following “Children’s toys and human skulls lie in shallow graves…” This catches the readers attention as anything to do with children is known to be emotional and effective to many. In addition, it warns it’s readers with “WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT” in the form of bullet points where it also highlights the main points of the story. The BBC takes a different approach in telling the story, it mainly focuses on images, graphs and links to make it clear for the reader. the Guardian however, goes into more detail and have many quotes from spokeswoman for the UN and representative of the Iraqi council.

Media Monitoring 1 – Introduction


Iraqis inspect the damage at a site in the Hamam al-Alil area, about 14 kilometres from the southern outskirts of Mosul. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images


November 7, 2016

The battle for Mosul

In June 2014, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shocked the world by taking over Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. It was a new way of showing a terrorist threat by holding territory. This forced a large number of the city’s population and the Iraqi military to flee. Subsequently, leader of the ISIS group Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi proclaimed his territory to be a caliphate, the Islamic State, at a speech held in Mosul.

Mosul is the last place under ISIS control, while the rest have been taken over by Iraqi government forces.

In March, the Iraqi government declared the launch of a military operation to take back Mosul. However, the movement has not made a lot of progress, reclaiming only a small number of villages with the help of the US military.

Why does Mosul matter

Mosul is ISIS’s most valuable jewel in Iraq. It has the largest Sunni population but the country is politically dominated by Shia majority. The control of ISIS over Mosul means that he took a notable part of Iraqi territory. He is not deemed defeated in Iraq till Mosul falls. In addition, Mosul is in a strategic location, the city controls access to surrounding areas. These include, north into Turkey, east into Iran and west into Syria.

2016 has been a rough ride for ISIS in Iran. In January it lost the provincial capital of Anbar, Ramadi. In June it lost Fallujah, the longest city it held more than any other. It lost 12 percent of the Iraqi and Syrian territory that it had controlled in comparison to the beginning of the year. Mosul is ISIS’s last hope, if it goes down then al-Qaeda will be proven right and ISIS will be wrong.


The story has been covered by the Guardian and BBC network.

  • The Guardian published a news story focusing on Kurdish forces entering Mosul and exchanging fire with militants.
  • The BBC has posted a similar article of the Kurdish forces but goes into more detail with links and videos.

How the story might develop:

  • The fightings will be more intense when troops move into Mosul
  • There will be less forces on the frontline in the future
  • Many citizens are said to leave the city in the up coming days or maybe weeks as the army marches into Mosul