|MCB Seminar: A Guide To The British Media
Thu 05 Aug 2004
|At a time when British Muslims are facing unprecedented media pressure, the Muslim Council of Britain's Media Committee is organising a special one-day seminar on 'A Guide To The British Media' at the gleaming new London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel, London, on Saturday 25th September 2004.
The seminar's aim is to develop the skills needed by British Muslims to ensure a better and more accurate representation of their faith and values in the print and broadcast media.
This one day seminar will, God Willing, prove beneficial for all British Muslims who want to know more about how the UK media operates and want to combat the Islamophobia that runs rampant through much of the British media.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to question a panel of senior journalists from The Times, The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Ilford Recorder to gain a deeper understanding of how our national and local newspapers work. There will be separate sessions with representatives of the Press Complaints Commission and OFCOM to find out about how complaints procedures work with respect to our newspapers and broadcasters.
In the age of the Internet, we will have the editor of BBC News Interactive on hand to give an overview of BBC News Online - the world's most popular news website.
Professor Greg Philo, co-author of the acclaimed book 'Bad News From Israel' will deliver a presentation - with accompanying video footage - of how our TV News broadcasters have failed to cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fairly and have tended to support official 'Israeli perspectives' about the long-running Middle East tragedy.
There will also be the opportunity to discuss the coverage of Islam with a panel of editors of various UK Muslim publications.
The full programme and list of speakers is as follows.
The speakers at the seminar will include:
Professor Greg Philo: Director of the Glasgow University Media Group and author of the acclaimed book 'Bad News From Israel.'
Peter Clifton: Editor, BBC News Interactive, BBC Online
Michael Binyon: Leader Writer, The Times
Severin Carrell: Journalist, Independent on Sunday
Ewen MacAskill Diplomatic Editor, The Guardian
Chris Carter Editor, Ilford Recorder
Sue Roberts: External Relations Officer, Press Complaints Commission
Simon Crine: Director, England region, OFCOM
Ahmed Versi: Editor, Muslim News
Ahmed Abdul Malik: Editor, The Muslim Weekly
Sarah Joseph: Editor, Emel
Zahoor Niazi: Editor, Daily Jang
Hashir Faruqi: Editor, Impact International
09.00-10.00: Registration and refreshments
10.00-10.05: Welcome by Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the MCB
10.05-10.15: Introduction by Inayat Bunglawala, Secretary, Media Committee, MCB
10.15-11.45: Television News and the Coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict, Professor Greg Philo (presentation with video footage)
12.00-12.30: OFCOM: An Overview by Simon Crine
12.30-13.15: Panel Discussion: Muslim Media in the UK, Ahmed Versi, Ahmed Abdul Malik, Sarah Joseph, Zahoor Niazi, Hashir Faruqi
13.15-14.30: Prayer and Lunch
14.30-15.00: Press Complaints Commission: An Overview by Sue Roberts
15.00-15.30: BBC News Online by Peter Clifton
15.45-16.45: Panel Discussion: UK National and Local Newspapers - How They Work, Michael Binyon, Severin Carrell, Ewen MacAskill , Chris Carter
16.45-17.00: Conclusion and Evaluation Forms
If you are interested in attending then please download and complete the registration form (see link on the right) and send it with a cheque payment of £50 to The Muslim Council of Britain, Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NT
Cheques should be made payable to: The Muslim Council of Britain.The £50 fee is inclusive of lunch and refreshments.Crèche facilities will be available for an additional charge of £15 per child (inclusive of lunch and refreshments).Places for this seminar will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis and the deadline for received applications is 17th September 2004.If you have any queries then please call 07956353738.
|The following are comments:
| As a non Muslim, I am a little worried by the assertion that Islamophobia is rampant in much of the British media. I fear that your organisation may be in danger of falling into the trap of overreacting in the face of provocation. I have been reading some of the articles about Islam that have been published in the United Kingdom and realize that you rightly find them offensive. I agree these articles contain gross distortions of the truth. However, there are many media reports which do present a more balanced view. I hope that your conference will help the Muslim community to get their message across more effectively. In my view the community in the UK must do more to explain how Islam fits into a worldwide context if it is to gain the confidence of the rest of the UK population. For example, in my opinion, cruel and violent practices are permitted in many Muslim countries. Islamophobic articles often concentrate on these negative images which make it difficult for an average UK citizen to think of Islam as a peaceful religion. Set against often justified complaints that Muslims are being treated unfairly, the inability to address these issues makes many doubt the sincerity and balance behind the complaints. I believe that controversial issues surrounding the presentation of Islam to the world are being discussed. Same was said in a speech made in Southern Asia by Dr Mohammed Mahathir last year.
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