Jihadist Islamic State indicted in Australia, media uses pre-conversion name to mislead readers

There is no surprise here. The mainstream media has spent two decades and more obscuring or outright denying any connection between Islam and terrorism, even when the jihadi terrorists themselves make that connection.

“ISIS Terrorist Abu Khaled al-Cambodi Indicted In Australia After Extradition From Turkey, Media Using His Former Name Neil Prakash To Mislead Readers,” OpIndia, Dec 4, 2022:

Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, an ISIS terrorist, has been charged with terrorism offenses in Australia after being extradited from Turkey. While all the media in Australia and around the world reported on the development, they all deliberately tried to imply that he is not a Muslim.

All media reports used his previous name, Neil Prakash, which sounds like the name of a Hindu from India. While his original was in fact Neil Prakash, it is no longer his name. He was originally a Buddhist and converted to Islam in 2012. After converting to Islam, Neil Prakash adopted the name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, referring to his Cambodian root.

Abu Khaled al-Cambodi was born in Melbourne, Australia to an Indo-Fijian father and a Cambodian mother. He said that when he visited Cambodia with his family, he saw that the Buddhists were worshiping idols in the temples, and he was upset by it. So, after returning to Melbourne in 2012, he learned that one of his friends had been invited and had converted to Islam. Following his friend, he too converted that year and joined the terrorist group in 2014.

Reports referring to Abu Khaled al-Cambodi as Neil Prakash

Since then, he has been using the name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, for some reason the media keep using his old name Neil Prakash which definitely creates the wrong impression about his religious affiliation.

More importantly, media reports do not even mention that he is now known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, using only his old name in reporting. There is no mention that he converted to Islam from Buddhism and changed his name to an Islamic name before joining ISIS.

This seems like a deliberate attempt by the media to suggest that the ISIS terrorist is not a Muslim.

It is remarkable that this is the same media outlet that insists on referring to a man as a woman if he identifies as a woman, and cancels people for referring to those people as their birth gender, even if those people have not undergone any changes. of sex. process. But here, Neil Prakash converted from Buddhism to Islam and changed his name to Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, but the media still refers to his previous name.

Abu Khaled is accused of traveling to Syria to participate in ISIS terrorist activities. Charges he faces in Australia include engaging in hostile activities in a foreign state and country, being a member of a terrorist organization, supporting and advocating terrorism. He has also been named in two terrorist plots in Australia….