CA NEWSPAPER CORRECTS DEFAMATION OF CAIR OFFICIAL
(ANAHEIM, CA, 3/30/07) – The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed a decision by a Los Angeles-area newspaper to correct false allegations about the civil rights and advocacy group’s executive director.
The Acorn newspaper recently published a correction, which stated: “A letter by Shari Goodman in the Feb. 1 Acorn incorrectly states that Hussam Ayloush – executive director of the Southern California Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) – co-hosted a 1998 event. . .at which anti-Semitic remarks were made. Neither CAIR nor Ayloush co-hosted the event and Ayloush was not in attendance.”
The action came in response to a letter from CAIR-LA’s attorney Masood Khan requesting the correction.
“I thank The Acorn newspaper for its prompt action in publishing a correction,” Khan said. “I also hope that this correction sends a message to those who wish to marginalize American Muslims that inventing defamatory ‘facts’ has no place in our society.”
In a statement, CAIR-LA said:
“We welcome the Acorn’s decision to make this correction. The original false statement followed an unfortunate recent trend of attempting to silence American Muslims and Islamic groups through vicious smear campaigns based on distortions and fabrications.
“CAIR and its officials would never support an event that promoted anti-Semitism or any other form of racism or bigotry. In fact CAIR has in the past condemned anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.
“We urge journalists, policy-makers and other people of conscience to examine the veracity of potentially defamatory information and the agendas promoted by the sources of questionable materials.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847