Thursday, August 31, 2006

Walid Addresses the Problem of Sensationalist & Irresponsible Journalism

CAIR Michigan responds to sensationalist and irresponsible journalism relating to terrorism.

August 25 -Jackson
Imam Dawud Walid, Executive Director of CAIR Michigan, implored local and national mainstream media outlets to exercise caution in reporting events related to Muslims. He said that these news reports produce a more Islamophobic atmosphere. Present at the press conference were NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Al-Arabiyya.

Imam Walid emphasized the recent suspicious murder of Mr. Wajid Baig, a member of the local mosque IAGD, who was killed at his 7-11. Police are suspicious of the motive for the killing because nothing was stolen from Mr. Baig.

The imam emphasized also the important failing of lazy and irresponsible journalism, the practice of hearing allegations and repeating them without checking into them.

The Jackson Islamic Center was chosen as the venue for this event because a Jackson resident was recently harassed at a West Virginia airport.

In a press release, CAIR Michigan explained that, since the revelation of the plot to down planes traveling from Britain to the United States, there have been several high-profile cases of Muslims first being linked to terrorism and then being cleared of wrongdoing.

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