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Issue 286, Friday 22 February 2013 - 12 Rabi' al-Akhar 1434

Amazing awards shortlisted people

Sir, I am so happy that The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is back in full swing. I went through the people who are shortlisted. They are amazing. They are contributing so much in this country. Muslims are not just contributing within the Muslim community but also in the rest of the society. It is so saddening to see that the media is not interested in positive stories about Muslims. There are so many examples in the list you have published of Muslims working in different fields. The media have no excuse that they do not have any examples. It seems they are only interested in negative stories about Muslims. So much Islamophobia in our media in this country. I noticed that the number of Muslims in the New Years Honours list has dropped from previous years. And percentage wise more people from other communities are being honoured. I donít believe that there are not enough Muslims to be awarded. Seems there is a lot of prejudice in the Establishment. I am looking forward to a day when the media will report about our community as it is. Yours, Fatema Syed Birmingham

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