Monthly Archives: January 2009


   

This horrendous advert entitled, ‘for any cash strapped Moslems reading this…’, which purports to offer advice on how British Muslims might make extra cash by exploiting the benefits system through polygamy, appeared on a page advert taken out by Trago Mills in the Falmouth Packet newspaper.

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  Interpal have produced a video put to Yusuf Islam’s recording of ‘The Little Ones’. The video is part of Interpal’s charity appeal to raise funds for families and children injured or devastated by the recent savage Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza.

  The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) have written to Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, criticizing the BBC’s decision to ban the DEC Gaza Appeal advert saying ‘‘Our members feel this makes the BBC appear pro-Israeli and indifferent to the plight of the victims of this conflict.’

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  ENGAGE will be holding its first training programme designed to equip Muslims with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for effective engagement with the media and politics.

A covering letter, with details of presenters and instructions on how to apply, an application form and the full programme, can be downloaded from the links provided. 

The event will be held at the Markfield Conference Centre, Leicester on the weekend of 7-8 February 2009. 

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm, Tuesday 3 February. Places are limited, so apply early!


  Martin Bright, the political editor of the New Statesman, left the magazine last week. Bright had over the years written a series of anti-Muslim articles in which he determinedly sought to marginalise mainstream Islamic groups and promote docile neo-con friendly Muslim outfits such as the Sufi Muslim Council (remember them?).

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  Over 120 MPs to date from all the main political parties have added their voices to the growing criticism of the BBC and its refusal to air the DEC Gaza Appeal.

You can read the full list of MPs that have supported the Early Day Motion introduced by Richard Burden (pictured), MP for Birmingham Northfield, calling the BBC decision ‘unconvincing and incoherent’, here.

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ENGAGE has written an open letter to the Director-General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, urging him to reconsider the disgraceful decision not to broadcast the DEC Gaza Appeal.

 

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    At the time of writing ITV, Channel Four and Channel Five have all announced that they shall now be screening the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza Appeal on Monday 26th January. SKY say that they are still considering their decision while the nation’s most influential broadcaster, the BBC, is still disgracefully refusing to allow the appeal to be shown on their network.   

ENGAGE encourages everyone to write to the following people at ITV, C4 and C5 to thank them for their decision. We have drafted a sample letter for you below which you can adapt as necessary.

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ENGAGE has prepared a number of resources for individuals to make use of to ensure that the loss of 1,400 Palestinian lives during the recent heavy bombardment of Gaza is Continue reading

 

Join the protest called by the Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Muslim Association of Britain, to ‘End The Blockade of Gaza, Stop Arms Sales To Israel, Bring War Criminals To Justice and Free Palestine’ on Saturday 24 January.

Demonstrators will gather at BBC offices to protest against the corporation’s refusal to air a Gaza fundraising appeal and its giving far more airtime to Israeli spokespersons rather than providing balanced and fair coverage of the bombing and invasion of Gaza.  

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