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Social Science Media Studies

Mission Invisible

Race, Religion, and News at the Dawn of the 9/11 Era

by (author) Ross Perigoe & Mahmoud Eid

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Media Studies, Islamic Studies, Discrimination & Race Relations
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For many Canadians, the attacks of 9/11 produced feelings of insecurity, vulnerability, and suspicion of “Muslims.” How did these negative attitudes come about? Many point to the complicity of the news media in reproducing racist images of Muslim minorities. Mission Invisible chronicles varying racialized constructions of Muslim communities in the news during the most significant stage of reportage: the initial weeks when the events, issues, and primary actors of 9/11 were all first framed by journalists. By unravelling the discourse and rhetoric of news coverage in Canada at the dawn of the 9/11 era, this book not only uncovers racist representations of Muslim communities but also reveals the discursive processes that rendered this racism invisible.

About the authors

Ross Perigoe's profile page

Mahmoud Eid is an associate professor at the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa. He is the author of Interweavement: International Media Ethics and Rational Decision-Making (2008), editor of Exchanging Terrorism Oxygen for Media Airwaves: The Age of Terroredia (2014) and Research Methods in Communication (2011), and the co-editor of Basics in Communication and Media Studies (2012), among other publications.

Mahmoud Eid's profile page