Muslims reach agreement with Dallas newspaper
The Dallas/Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) has announced an agreement with the Dallas Morning News concerning long-standing complaints of anti-Muslim bias in that newspaper's coverage of local and international events.
The agreement, outlined in a letter to CAIR-DFW from Dallas Morning News President Robert Mong, calls for:
1. A series of meetings with newspaper staff and members of the editorial board.
2. Publication of commentaries, written by Muslims, offering an Islamic perspective on issues of the day.
3. Sensitivity/diversity training for newspaper writers and editors.
4. Invitations to Muslim guest speakers.
5. Updating of the newspaper stylebook as it relates to Islam and Muslims.
6. Openness to hiring Muslim interns and employees.
7. Scheduling of media access seminars to educate the Muslim community about newspaper operations.
The agreement followed a series of discussions between Dallas Morning News officials and representatives of the local Muslim community. The discussions touched on issues such as coverage of events in Palestine and Kosovo, as well as articles focusing on local Muslim groups.