22 Juyl 2012
A group of five men in Derby who preyed on fifteen girls aged 13 to 15, many of them in care and sexually exploited them were convicted for their crimes last week. The case is very similar to the Rochdale case wherein an ‘Asian sex gang’ abused underage girls and caused great attention and condemnation from the media and the public which eventually turned into a frenzy against the Muslims in general.
However, this time four of the convicted people were white English. Thus, the incident drew very little attention from the media and the public. Only the Guardian and the Times covered the story but not in the scale of the Rochdale case. Joseph Harker comparatively studies the reaction of the media to the two events and questions the difference in the media coverage.