MUSLIMS MEET WITH FOX REGARDING "24" AND ISLAMOPHOBIA
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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/
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.
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."
VIEW THE CAIR PSA, GO TO:
ALSO: "US TV to Screen Pro-Muslim Spots"
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.
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.
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.
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recommend all American Muslims to:
- complain politely to Fox about promoting Islamophobia. Here is the contact
information of Fox:
FOX BROADCASTING Publicity Dept.
Hills, CA 90213‑0900
- thank CAIR for their efforts to reduce Islamophobia. Here is the contact
information of CAIR:
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
New Jersey Ave SE
3 - give us feedback on how to further reduce Islamophobia.