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As though the awards never happened

25th Apr 2014

The Muslim News staged yet another successful awards event recognising the very best of Muslim contribution to British society mostly from unsung heroes. The event was the twelfth award ceremony with Prime Minister, David Cameron, as the guest of honour.

The paper also recently reached the milestone of its 25th anniversary, defying all odds to survive not only in maintaining its position as the country’s top ethnic minorities newspaper but more so in sticking rigidly to its original aims. Run on a shoestring budget, it has been the leading source of news about British Muslims and continues to do so with rigid objectivity and independence, without favour or fear.

Details about the latest The Muslim News Awards for Excellence and the achievement of the unsung heroes and heroines can be read about in these pages. But it is again with much regret that such a highlight in the Muslim calendar has been largely ignored by the mainstream media. The extent of the neglect to cover such a prestigious event could lead one to suggest that it was a virtual boycott or even worse self-imposed censorship as though it never happened. The British media, including the public BBC wasn’t interested. The Muslim News even contacted the diversity head at the BBC but to no avail. The BBC Sunday religious programme, which claims to reflect the diverse religious communities in the UK, hasn’t reported about the awards which showcases the British Muslim contributions to the society, even once in the 12-year history of the event. The BBC and the rest of the media only seem to believe in a negative portrayal of the British Muslim community.

The media in Britain has always been proud of its record of being free and independent although its reputation has been tarnished by the recent Leveson inquiry and the continuing failure to bring its own house in order. Yet the silence about the dazzling Muslim talents on display at the awards ceremony smacks of Islamophobia which is so prevalent in the media. We leave it to our readers to decide which word may be the most appropriate as to why there has been so little publicity elsewhere to keep the lid on such role models who remain largely unsung.


One Response to “As though the awards never happened”

Waheed-ur-Raza ChoudhuryApril 25, 2014

It is a sad state of affairs that positive news of Muslims are totally ignored, it obviously doesn’t fit the brief. Not a surprise at all.

Please keep up the good work. In the end truth will prevail.


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