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#ChapelHillShooting Sparks Global Outrage

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Thousands of people online shared images of the victims and expressed anger with media coverage

Was the murder of three students in the US given enough media coverage?

Three young students in the college town of Chapel Hill in North Carolina were shot dead on Tuesday. According to reports, the victims were students at nearby universities, from Muslim faith backgrounds and were related to each other – 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. A man named Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been arrested in connection with the case. He has expressed atheist views on Facebook, according to reports. Beyond these details little is yet known about what happened.

Activists online were quick to accuse major media outlets of failing to adequately cover the shootings.

The hashtag #ChapelHillShooting has been used more than 300,000 times and was trending not only in the US but also in the UK, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and several other Middle Eastern countries. An Arabic hashtag, which translates as ‘Chapel Hill Massacre’, is also trending with more than 13,000 tweets.

The tag seems to have been started by Abed A. Ayoub, the legal and policy director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “Please keep the family of the victims in #ChapelHill in your thoughts and prayers. Senseless violence,” was the first tweet. As the tag spread, he and other users began to put forward the argument that the faith of the victims was limiting coverage of the case. “Why hasn’t anyone called the #ChapelHillShooting an act of terrorism? Are the victims the wrong religion?” he later tweeted.

Meanwhile the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter has been mentioned more than 20,000 times in the hours after the shooting. One of the earliest users of the hashtag was Vicki Walden, a woman from Missouri who describes herself as “#WhitePrivilege standing in solidarity for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”

“Muslims only newsworthy when behind a gun. Not in front [of] it,” one typical tweet read.

The case has now been covered by both local and international media.

SOURCE: BBC News

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  1. From another source I read it apparently was an on going domestic dispute over parking, fighting neighbors.

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