(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/2007) – CAIR today called on Muslims to support a major new initiative to help improve coverage of Islam in the American news media.
At a press conference in the nation’s capital, CAIR said the centerpiece of its “Beyond Stereotypes” campaign will be distribution of the newly-published “American Muslims: A Journalist’s Guide to Understanding Islam and Muslims” to some 40,000 media professionals nationwide.
Muslims are being asked to sponsor copies of the guide for $20 or to order hard copies for distribution to local media outlets.
SEE: Beyond Stereotypes: A CAIR Initiative to Enhance Understanding of Islam in the Media
CAIR’s new guide offers journalists the tools needed to gain a better understanding of Islam and to write accurate and balanced stories about Muslims. The guide also offers background information on issues related to Islam and Muslims, best practices for reporting on the American Muslim community and definitions of terminology often used in news stories or editorials.
In challenging common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, the guide provides an Islamic perspective on hot-button issues such as Islam and democracy, freedom of religion, women’s rights, and interfaith relations.
Media professionals may request a free copy of CAIR’s journalist guide through the “Beyond Stereotypes” website. (Sample pages of the guide can be viewed on the website.)