(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/05) – CAIR announced today that the Fox television
network will air a disclaimer this evening during its drama series “24”
stating that American Muslims reject terrorism. SEE: http://www.fox.com/24/
The disclaimer, read by actor Kiefer Sutherland, will state:
“I’m Kiefer Sutherland. I play counter-terrorist Jack Bauer on Fox’s 24.While terrorism is obviously one of the most critical challenges facing our nation and the world, it’s important to recognize that the American Muslim community stands firmly beside their fellow Americans in denouncing and resisting terrorism in every form.”
Fox consulted with CAIR on the text of the disclaimer, which is scheduled
to air in the first ten minutes of tonight’s program.
CAIR, along with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, recently met with
representatives of Fox and the show’s producers to address the depiction of
a “Muslim” family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the popular
program. Many Muslims are concerned that the portrayal of the family as a
terrorist “sleeper cell” may cast a shadow of suspicion over ordinary
American Muslims and could increase Islamophobic stereotyping and bias.
After meeting with CAIR, Fox officials said they would distribute a CAIR
public service announcement (PSA) to network affiliates.
TO VIEW THE CAIR PSA, GO TO: http://www.cair.com/default.asp?page=PSAJun2004