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Help Get CAIR's PSA on Local Fox Stations

January 18, 2005

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call each of your local Fox television stations and ask to speak to the person who handles public service announcements and/or programming. That person is usually, but not always, the "Public Service Director."

2. Explain to that person why it is important to help reduce anti-Muslim bias in our society and how this PSA could assist in that goal.

3. Also contact Gail Berman, President of Entertainment of Fox Broadcasting, to express appreciation for working with the Muslim community to challenge stereotyping.

Gail Berman President of Entertainment Fox Broadcasting Company 10201 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 900035

FAX: 210-969-0546 E-MAIL: jonathan.hogan@fox.com COPY TO: askfox@foxinc.com, cair@cair-net.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CAIR is calling on Muslims nationwide to contact local Fox TV stations to ask that they air the CAIR "I am an American Muslim" public service announcement (PSA).

In a letter sent to all stations last Saturday, Fox encouraged local affiliates nationwide to place the PSA as close as possible to the airing of the popular "24" drama series.

This move came after CAIR met with Fox officials last week to address the depiction of a "Muslim" family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the program.

CAIR is concerned that the portrayal of the family as a terrorist "sleeper cell" may cast a shadow of suspicion over ordinary American Muslims and suggested airing a positive PSA about Muslims to help balance the negative images of Muslims on the program.

The CAIR PSA, which is designed to challenge anti-Muslim bias, features American Muslims of European, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage. Each person in the PSA states how they and their families have served America and ends by saying, "I am an American Muslim."

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

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