07 September 2012
A poster in Germany that advertises a hotline for those worried that a friend or
family member may be turning to radical Islam has incensed some Muslims who say it stigmatizes them.
The campaign poster depicts four fictitious missing persons – ‘Hassan’, ‘Fatima’,
German convert ‘Tim’ and ‘Ahmed’ – will be displayed in Arabic, Turkish and German in major cities with big immigrant populations from September 21.
Germany is home to four million Muslims and critics fear the comparing could fuel stereotypes of Muslims.
Aydan Oezoguz, a Turkish-German member of parliament and integration commissioner for the opposition Social Democrats says, “Muslims are always regarded as a potential threat. This is a very important issue, but it risks alienating an entire religious community,” Oezoguz added.