In fact, to properly protect innocent citizens going about their business and thus deserve to go home that day to their families, the government should bite the bullet and pass a law that anyone that shouts “Allahu Akbar” under such circumstance can expect to be shot dead like a mad dog would be. Although, isn’t that exactly what Mert Ney was said to be begging—the lure of all those virgins is undeniable, perhaps—insanity nevertheless?
Sky News political journalist Laura Jayes has hit back at online critics, who attacked her reporting that the young man who allegedly stabbed people in Sydney shouted “Allahu akbar!”
Source: News Corp
Sky reporter Laura Jayes defends herself over Islamophobia claims
Jayes told The Australian that she “100 per cent” stands by her reporting on Twitter of the attack as it unfolded yesterday in Sydney’s CBD, and that she was just doing her job as a journalist.
Following her reporting, some users on Twitter accused Jayes of Islamophobia.
“I do not take a backward step at all,” said Jayes, who has been a journalist for 13 years.
She was informed of the attack by two of her sisters, one of whom was a direct witness to the actions and screams of “Allahu akbar!” by alleged perpetrator Mert Ney, while the other saw the subsequent panic unfold from the window of an office block.
“The thing that comes first is informing the public, not political correctness in hindsight,” Jayes said.
Chris Willis, executive editor at Sky News, stood by Jayes’s reporting. “She did her job, she was reporting facts, she got it right and she was reporting a developing story,” he said. “Incidentally, she also was the first one to report something was happening because she had her sister affected by this, who was actually telling her about it so she got it right.”
Ashley Sutherland, a student at the University of Melbourne, criticised Jayes on Twitter of Islamophobia, and Hanan Dover said it was typical of Sky News and “stupid journalism”.
Saman Shad said Jayes’s reporting was “unhelpful”, to which Jayes said, “the whole incident was ‘unhelpful’, especially for the poor woman who was stabbed”.
Jayes said disgruntled people on Twitter “were more worried about political correctness” than her actually informing the public.
“He said what he said, I didn’t make the link, I didn’t make the jump to Islamic terrorism or Islamic extremism or anything like that,” she said.
“They made that link. It was their own personal bias, not mine. It says more about them than it does me.
“I think people are getting lost in their own morals when it comes to live reporting of an unfolding situation like that.”
Willis, who has worked as a journalist for 45 years, doesn’t think much of Twitter. “My attitude to Twitter is you have a look at the emojis, and you pick the one with the biggest yawn and that is basically how Twitter outrage should be treated.”
Despite copping criticism on Twitter, Jayes said she had received support from the Muslim Reform Movement in the US and journalists, including Nine Entertainment reporters Phil Coorey at The Australian Financial Review and Bevan Shields at The Sydney Morning Herald.
Asra Q. Nomani, co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement and a former Georgetown University professor, thanked Jayes for all her reporting. “We’re watching the case in the US. In @TheMuslimReform we don’t take offence or seek to censor for PC reasons the sharing (of) details that may speak to motivation, like “Allahu Akbar,” she said in a tweet.
Jayes said all media outlets, including The SMH and News Corp Australia’s The Australian, reported on Wednesday that Ney shouted “Allahu akbar!”.
“It’s actually irresponsible not to. It’s part of the story, it’s not the story but it’s part of a story,” she said.
“The public isn’t stupid, they can discern what is terror and what is not. We weren’t suggesting that, and at no stage did we.”