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Muslims Encouraged by Fox ’24’ Meeting

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/14/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today said that it is encouraged by a recent meeting in Los Angeles
with representatives of the Fox television network to discuss Muslim
concerns about the drama series “24.” SEE: http://www.fox.com/24/

CAIR called for Wednesday’s meeting to address the depiction of a “Muslim”
family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the popular program. The
Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is 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.

At the meeting, which included representatives from CAIR’s Southern
California office and from the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs
Council, Fox officials said they would distribute a CAIR public service
announcement (PSA) to network affiliates and ask that it be aired in
proximity to “24.”

TO VIEW THE CAIR PSA, GO TO:
http://www.cair.com/default.asp?page=PSAJun2004

SEE ALSO: “US TV to Screen Pro-Muslim Spots”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4173647.stm

FOX also gave meeting participants assurances that the program will be
balanced in its portrayal of Muslims. Network representatives said that
they had already reviewed existing episodes and removed some aspects that
could potentially be viewed as stereotypical.

“We thank Fox for the opportunity to address the Muslim community’s
concerns and for the willingness of network officials to take those
concerns seriously in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation,”
said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed. She added that CAIR
looks forward to working with Fox in the future.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim advocacy 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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CONTACT: CAIR-National Spokesperson, Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or
202-439-1441; CAIR-LA Communications Director, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or
714-390-0334, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush, 714-776-1847

 

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