The report offers a damning look at the negativity being fomented in the Arabic media, foisted upon 15 countries where LGBT people are already endangered on a daily basis ...
- Out of 332 articles analyzed in the time period, 260 contained derogatory terms to describe LGBTIQ people
- Some common words used to describe LGBTIQ people translate to mean “faggots” “sinners” “immoral” and “devil worshippers”
- 45% of the articles concerned incidents of arrest, detention or trials of LGBTIQ people.
- Less than 10 stories out of 332 articles reviewed centered on violence against LGBTIQ people.
- Higher incidents of hate speech against LGBTIQ people were documented from online platforms than from print media.
Nazeeha Saeed, OutRight’s Arabic Media Coordinator, did point out the reports rays of light:
While most of the reporting is very negative and even derogatory, there are a few noteworthy exceptions. For example, when media reported on singer Ricky Martin’s engagement to a Syrian boyfriend, the language was surprisingly neutral. I think the reason is that foreign musicians and artists are given more leeway in society, and so the reporting also becomes more accepting.