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Irfan Yusuf —

Irfan Yusuf

Lawyer, author and commentator


Media that conflates ‘South Sudanese’ with ‘African’ should say what they really mean: ‘black’

January 12, 2018 6

In the wake of the "gang crisis", how can you tell who is African and who isn’t? Don't ask the newspapers.

Flinders Street attack begets online racist hatred, which tabloids feed on

December 22, 2017 52

Hatred on social media -- and the tabloids that eat it up -- is born of ignorance, and the media has a responsibility to change that it, writes Irfan Yusuf.

Shoppers in Bennelong aren’t buying what Labor is selling

December 6, 2017 18

Bennelong could go the way of New England unless Labor can muster a better way to engage with voters.

Forced error: Aly and allies move against deliberate ignorance in newsrooms

November 1, 2017 21

The launch of Media Diversity Australia, a new group calling for more balanced representation in Australian media, has highlighted once again how we have to go.

The Yes camp’s hostility to religion is losing them votes

September 7, 2017 17

The Yes crowd must make room for believers in their campaign if they are to represent all the colours of the rainbow.

Behind the scenes at one halal of an evening with Sam Dastyari and Gillian Triggs

August 25, 2017 2

Sam Dastyari and Gillian Triggs got together for an interesting conversation at the University of Sydney. Irfan Yusuf takes us through the highlights of the event.

If Hanson wants to wear a burqa, she should talk to my mum

August 18, 2017 1

If Pauline Hanson wants to know what it's like to wear a burqa as part of everyday life, perhaps she should ask my mother whether she felt oppressed.

Religious zealots (like Abbott) who oppose same-sex marriage are trying to impose sharia law

August 15, 2017 4

Australians seem to be perpetually scared of the potential imposition of sharia law, of losing the freedom to live as they desire. But is not our denial of same-sex marriage exactly that?

Reactions to London terror show language of the far-right has been normalised

June 21, 2017 11

The recent attack on a Muslim centre in Finsbury Park, London, had some elements of our media describing the incident as a "revenge attack".

Blaming one sect of Islam for ‘producing the most terrorists’ is idiotic

June 8, 2017 7

In the fight against Islam, Wahhabism shouldn't be our focus, as we unpack its origins and how it relates to Islamic terror.