(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/13/05) – On Thursday, July 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to launch a nationwide television public service announcement (PSA) campaign, called “Not in the Name of Islam,” designed to highlight the Muslim community’s condemnation of terrorism and rejection of those who carry out terror attacks. The PSA will be distributed by satellite feed to television stations on Thursday afternoon and will be re-broadcast next Tuesday. An Arabic-subtitled version of the PSA will also be distributed.
WHAT: “Not in the Name of Islam” PSA Campaign Launch News Conference
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street NW (13th Floor), Washington, D.C.
SATELLITE DISTRIBUTION: The PSA will be distributed by C-Band satellite on Thursday, July 14 at 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8
RE-FEED: Tuesday, July 19, 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8
(The PSA will also be available on CAIR’s web site, www.cair.com, following Thursday’s news conference.) At the National Press Club news conference, CAIR will present the 30-second PSA featuring American Muslims stating: “We often hear claims Muslims don’t condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone of any faith – who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It’s about peace and justice.” BETA copies of the PSAs, produced by West Glen Communications, will be available at the news conference. The PSA campaign ties into CAIR’s “Not in the Name of Islam” online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1071&page=NR
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society. To SUBSCRIBE to ISLAM-INFONET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/islam-infonet/