MUSLIMS MEET WITH FOX REGARDING "24" AND ISLAMOPHOBIA

 

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/14/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said that it is encouraged by a recent meeting in Los Angeles with representatives of the Fox television network to discuss Muslim concerns about the drama series "24." SEE: http://www.fox.com/24/

 

CAIR called for Wednesday's meeting to address the depiction of a "Muslim" family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the popular program. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is concerned that the portrayal of the family as a terrorist "sleeper cell" may cast a shadow of suspicion over ordinary American Muslims and could increase Islamophobic stereotyping and bias.

 

At the meeting, which included representatives from CAIR's Southern California office and from the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, Fox officials said they would distribute a CAIR public service announcement (PSA) to network affiliates and ask that it be aired in proximity to "24."

 

TO VIEW THE CAIR PSA, GO TO:

http://www.cair.com/default.asp?page=PSAJun2004

 

SEE ALSO: "US TV to Screen Pro-Muslim Spots"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4173647.stm

 

FOX also gave meeting participants assurances that the program will be balanced in its portrayal of Muslims. Network representatives said that they had already reviewed existing episodes and removed some aspects that could potentially be viewed as stereotypical.

 

"We thank Fox for the opportunity to address the Muslim community's concerns and for the willingness of network officials to take those concerns and for the willingness of network officials to take those concerns seriously in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation," said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed. She added that CAIR looks forward to working with Fox in the future.

 

CAIR, America's largest Muslim advocacy group, has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

 

Note: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.

 

To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/

 

We recommend all American Muslims to:

1 - complain politely to Fox about promoting Islamophobia. Here is the contact information of Fox:

Address:

24

P.O. Box 900

Attn: FOX BROADCASTING Publicity Dept.

Beverly Hills, CA 90213‑0900

Email: askfox@foxinc.com

2 - thank CAIR for their efforts to reduce Islamophobia. Here is the contact information of CAIR:
Address:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

453 New Jersey Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003-4034

Telephone: (202) 488-8787

Fax: (202) 488-0833

Email: cair@cair-net.org

3 - give us feedback on how to further reduce Islamophobia.