Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Muharram / SAFAR 1424 H
April 2003
Volume 16-04 No : 196
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Workshop with a Difference!

Workshop with a Difference!

The two-day media workshop organised by the Mumbai-based Marathi weekly Shodhan was an overwhelming success with over 200 Muslim journalists uniting in one voice to present the Muslim views in the media far more strongly than ever before!

By A Staff Writer

A two -day media workshop was organised by the Mumbai- based Marathi weekly Shodhan to discuss pertinent issues like the presentation of the distorted picture of Islam and Muslims by the print and electronic media, the fact that the Muslim viewpoint is quite often neglected and also the fact that the Community media is neglected by the Muslims leading to a painful death of many journals.

Media Workshop in PuneOver 200 journalists mainly from the interiors of Maharastra participated. Eminent media personalities such as Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Editor, Milli Gazette, M .A. Siraj, Editor, Metro Today, A. W. Sadathullah Khan, Editor, Islamic Voice, popular journalist, documentary film maker and lecturer, Mohammed Hanif Lakdawala, Naseem Arifi, Executive Editor, the Munsif Daily, Vazeeruddin, former Editor, Tribune, Shaheed Latif, Feature Editor, Inquilab, S. Q. R Ilyas, Editor, Afkar E Milli, Sarfaraz Arzo , Ghulam Arif, S. M . Mallick ,Editor, Geetrai Weekly, and others spoke on the occasion and participated in the debate ‘Trends in Media’, anchored by M. Hanif Lakdawala.

The workshop revealed the growing tribe of Muslim journalists in the interiors of Maharastra writing for mainstream and regional English and Marathi publications. Journalism was never the strong career option amongst the Muslims, but the trend is reversing. The highlight of the workshop was the resolution to launch a Journalist Foundation, which will promote journalism specifically amongst the Muslims and the Dalits. The first action plan taken up is to give 100 scholarships to deserving students interested in Print Media mainly Muslims and Dalits. The Convenor of the Foundation is Bushra Baringwala, a freelance journalist. Another field of action of the Foundation will be to train journalists. “We will organise workshops for journalists discussing the issues relevant to the Muslim community in particular and deprived sections in general”, said Bushra.

Sarfaraz Arzo, Editor, Hindustan Daily, on behalf of the Foundation offered to organise a Media workshop for the journalists in Mumbai on the subject ‘Misconceptions About Islam’. Eminent journalist, M. A. Siraj will conduct this workshop. “Ignorance and lack of proper source of dissemination of the authentic information about Islam and Muslim community issues is one of the reasons for these misconceptions”, said Siraj. “Interaction with the journalists is necessary to educate them about the issues and correct the community stand”.

Another feature of the Workshop was the debate on the subject ‘Trends in Media’. The panelist and participants debated various trends in general and the ‘Role of Culture in the Projection of the Community in the Media’ in particular. Sarfaraz Arzo said that Culture is an integral part of the Indian psyche. “Accommodative and inclusive approach is required to make culture a potent tool in projecting Muslims in positive light both in print and electronic media” he said. Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan while presiding over a community media session said that since the mainstream media quite often does not cover the Muslim community issues in depth, the need is felt for the community media which will analyse its issues in detail. “There is space and scope for the community media. The need is a professional approach and the community support, as media projects are capital intensive”, he said.

For more information contact: Moazzam Naik Phone: 022-23713466 or 23082820 or Email: syediftikhar@rediffmail.com

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