Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 were shot dead in a suburban neighbourhood of North Carolina, USA. Unconfirmed reports say they were killed "execution-style".
Chapel Hill police told local news outlets that Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
Noreen Khan from the BBC Asian Network tweeted: “No media outrcry? No angry protests? No demands for apologies? No major coverage? But Twitter on it. No surprise there. #ChapelHillShooting.
No media outcry? No angry protests? No demands for apologies? No major coverage? But Twitter on it. No surprise there. #ChapelHillShooting— Noreen Khan (@DJNoreenKhan) February 11, 2015
She later added: “Please don’t tell me oh US sees shootings everyday hence no coverage. If a Muslim had shot down 3 people it would be everywhere.”
Please don't tell me oh US sees shootings everyday hence no coverage. If a Muslim had shot down 3 people it would be everywhere. #chapelhill— Noreen Khan (@DJNoreenKhan) February 11, 2015
Nejer wrote: “This is horrific and the fact that big media and news outlets are not paying attention makes it even worse.”
This is horrific, and the fact that big media and news outlets are not paying attention to it makes it even worse #ChapelHillShooting— مالك نجر (@Nejer) February 11, 2015
AJ+ asked: “Why do you think the Chapel Hill shooting is resonating more on social media than in traditional news media?”
Why do you think the #ChapelHillShooting is resonating more on social media than in traditional news media?— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 11, 2015
Some twitter users pointed to the public outcry after the Charlie Hebdo murders and asked why the shootings had not attracted similar attention.
Others accused news channels of downright Islamophobia, singling out the BBC and Fox News.
Ahmed Al Qasim tweeted: “Don’t expect much from the media as long as the killer is not Muslim.”
Dont expect much from the media as long as the killer is not muslim,February 11, 2015
Amid unconfirmed reports Hicks is an atheist, author Richard Dawkins tweeted: “How could any decent person NOT condemn the vile murder of three young US Muslims in Chapel Hill?”
The hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter also trended worldwide off the back of the tragedy, questioning the lack of coverage in the media of the shooting.
If it were a Muslim who shot 3 innocent christians it'll be on CNN within minutes but I guess society only works one way #MuslimLivesMatter— Meech Uchiha (@KINGMEECH35) February 11, 2015
Mainstream media is not reporting it. Let's ask about this. Let's talk about it. Don't let them sweep it under the rug. #MuslimLivesMatter— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) February 11, 2015
If we let this slide, today it may be those poor souls, and tomorrow it may be me, you, my parents, yours.. #MuslimLivesMatter— Dead. (@Alladin_Al) February 11, 2015
Many highlighted the subjects the media were covering in favour of the incident.
Muslims expressed strong feelings of alienation and victimisation.
Shows u clear media reporting bias
If Muslim doing a crime report it front page
If victim - no mentFebruary 11, 2015