What the British Papers Said on the First Anniversary of the London Bombing
Australia and New Zealand Communication Association and La Trobe University
Education and Arts
Communications and Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
On 7 July 2005, three bombs exploded on London underground trains, with a fourth on a double-decker bus. Four British Muslims – Mohammed Siddique Khan (30 years), Shehzad Tanveer (22 years), Germaine Lindsay (19 years) and Hasib Mir Hussain (18 years) carried out the terrorist acts. Reports in the immediate aftermath confirmed that 52 people (including one Muslim girl, Shahara Akhtar Islam, 20 years) had been killed, and many more were injured. British Muslims claim the unacknowledged victims of this tragedy are the mainstream Muslim population who have borne the brunt of the repercussions and that, one year on, little has been done by the Blair government to combat the threat of terror or to build stronger bridges between the Muslim community and the wider British society (Chowdhury, 2006, p. 35). This paper examines in general terms what the print media in the UK say on the first anniversary of the 7/7 atrocity. It draws on four British broadsheets and four tabloids published on 7/7/2006. It is based on a snapshot analysis of the media’s reporting of the London bombings on the occasion of the first anniversary of the attack.