CAIR-Cleveland: Muslims Meet with Newspaper Editors
(CLEVELAND, OH, 1/20/06) The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) hosted editors and reporters from the Plain Dealer newspaper earlier this week at a meeting to discuss the paper’s coverage of Islam and Muslims.
At the meeting, CAIR officials presented a detailed analysis of the Plain Dealer’s 2005 coverage, citing marked improvement over the previous year. However, a number of concerns remained, including the lack of Muslim journalists at the paper.
Newspaper officials pledged to work with CAIR and local mosques to host media seminars and career days. The paper also agreed to recruit Muslims for its job shadowing program.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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