|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