(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today said that the Fox television network aired a disclaimer Monday night during its drama series "24" stating that American Muslims reject terrorism. SEE: http://www.fox.com/24/
Fox's disclaimer, read by actor Kiefer Sutherland, stated:
"Hi. My name is Kiefer Sutherland. And I play counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on Fox's 24. I would like to take a moment to talk to you about something that I think is very important. Now while terrorism is obviously one of the most critical challenges facing our nation and the world, it is important to recognize that the American Muslim community stands firmly beside their fellow Americans in denouncing and resisting all forms of terrorism. So in watching 24, please, bear that in mind."
Fox consulted with CAIR on the text of the disclaimer.
CAIR, along with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, recently met with
representatives of Fox and the show's producers to address the depiction of
a "Muslim" family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the popular
program. The group is concerned that the portrayal of the family as a
terrorist "sleeper cell" may cast a shadow of suspicion over ordinary
American Muslims and could increase Islamophobic stereotyping and bias.
After meeting with CAIR, Fox officials said they would distribute a CAIR
public service announcement (PSA) to network affiliates.
"We appreciate Fox's willingness to address Muslim concerns and to tell
viewers that American Muslims repudiate terror," said CAIR Communications
Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.