(SAN DIEGO, CA, 9/10/08) - The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) recently co-sponsored a breakfast for media professional held at National University in San Diego.
The event's topic was, "Islamophobia: Covering the Muslim Community After 9/11." More than a dozen members of the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists San Diego (SPJ) chapter attended the panel discussion. SPJ co-sponsored the breakfast.
CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida gave a short presentation on Islamophobia and its effect on media coverage. Other panelists included Shaykh Taha Hassane, Imam of the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD), and Dr. Waheeda Samady, a local physician and activist.
"It is extremely important that the Muslim community continues to engage and dialogue with media professionals at all levels of our society," says Hopida. "By and large, our local media have been very balanced in their coverage of the Muslim community."
Participants who attended the event received a copy of the CAIR publication, "Beyond Stereotypes: A Journalist's Guide to Understanding Islam and Muslims."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, 619-913-0719