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How Muslim Americans are portrayed in the media

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A makeshift memorial is made during a vigil at the University of North Carolina following the murders of three Muslim students on February 11, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after the February 10, 2015 slayings in the North Carolina university town of Chapel Hill which sparked outrage amongst Muslims worldwide. Police investigating the murders said they were studying whether the fatal shootings were religiously motivated, as calls mounted for the killings to be treated as a hate crime. AFP PHOTO / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

A judge in North Carolina on Monday ruled that Craig Stephen Hicks can face the death penalty.

Hicks is accused of fatally shooting three young people two months ago near the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The victims were Muslim and their families are adamant that they were targeted because of their religion. 

News coverage of the incident raised questions about how Islam is portrayed in the media.

Joining the conversation on how we talk about Muslim Americans is Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values, Mustafa Umar, director of education and outreach at the Islamic Institute of Orange County and Ali Haider Mir, former director of Muslim Student Life at the University of Southern California. 

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