Media Advisory: CAIR-Chicago to Host Workshop at Minority Media Convention

(CHICAGO, IL, 7/24/08) - On Saturday, July 26, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), in cooperation with New Islamic Directions, will co-sponsor a workshop for journalists, titled "Presumption of Guilt: Media Treatment and Coverage of Muslims in America," at the UNITY '08 convention. UNITY '08 is the nation's largest gathering of journalists of color. Some 10,000 journalists and media executives will "meet to discuss timely issues affecting journalism and the media industry." SEE: www.2008unity.org

CAIR-Chicago's representative will be joined by Imam Zaid Shakir, an internationally-known Islamic scholar to shed light on the complexities of the Muslim community in America, media coverage of Muslims and how that coverage can be improved.

CAIR-Chicago works daily with local and national media on a wide range of affairs related to Islam and Muslims and has administered hundreds of interviews on the topic. SEE: www.cairchicago.org

WHAT: Journalists' Workshop - Presumption of Guilt: Media Treatment and Coverage of Muslims in America WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2008; 1:15PM to 2:45PM WHERE: McCormick Place West W175 WHO: CAIR-Chicago

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding

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CONTACT: Reem Rahman, Communications Coordinator, CAIR-Chicago, E-Mail: communications@cairchicago.org; 312.212.1520 or 217.493.0912; Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director, CAIR-Chicago, E-Mail: director@cairchicago.org; 312.212.1520