Muslim cleric calls on Nigerians to remember suffering journalists

Imam Abdullah talked about the plight of journalists at the launch of a book titled: `Muslims and the Threat of the Media’

Imam Abdullah Shuaib

An Islamic cleric and scholar, Shuaib Abdullah, has called on Nigerians to always remember journalists who suffered and are still facing injustice in the course of their duties.

Imam Abdullah talked about the plight of journalists at the launch of a book titled: `Muslims and the Threat of the Media’, written by a journalist, Abdul Rasheed Abubakar, to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day.

According to Daily Independent, Abubakar, a reporter with the Lagos based entertainment soft sell, ‘Encomium’ magazine, is also the Executive Director, the Zakat and Sadaqah Foundation, an affiliate of The Muslim Congress (TMC).

He said, “Muslims should not only examine the threats the media alleged to bring into the society through its reports but also its roles in entrenching democracy in the country.

“We should remember those journalists who suffered and are still suffering injustice in the course of their duties.’’

Mr. Abubakar said Islam was not against the media, but, lamented that, “There is a blanket condemnation of Muslims for offences committed by individual Muslims and this should not be so.’’

Also, the book’s reviewer, Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji, the Director, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, described the nine-chapter book as being “compact and beautifully packaged’’.

Adedimeji said, “The beauty of the book lies in the fact that the writer identified the problems that attempt to smear the images of Islam and Muslims.

“He also provided a road map through which Muslims can liberate themselves from the oppressive claws of the media- hawks whose stock-in-trade is to slam Islam and maul Muslims.

“Abubakar has evidently done Muslims a world of good in his timely book.

“At a time that there is an unprecedented upsurge in the number of media houses springing up in Nigeria and the rest of the world, his message that Muslims cannot afford to be indifferent is right on target,’’ Adedimeji said.

The reviewer commended the author for writing the book in simple and clear expressions and establishing in the book that the media drew its insights from scholars and experts.

He said, `Muslims and the Threat of the Media’, is a compelling book for all to read as it draws its inspiration from the experiences of a researcher and a journalism practitioner,’’ he said.


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