Islam in the Media - Panel

Islam in the Media: Are we getting it right?

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Location: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


Join us to discuss UK media’s coverage of Islam and Muslim communities, and explore whether in an environment of global conflict and growing Islamophobia, nuanced and fair reporting can break down prejudice.

Our panel of broadcasters and expert commentators will examine the portrayal of Islam and Muslims and ask how journalists and broadcasters can confront stereotypes and challenge misconceptions.


The speakers:

FOZIA KHAN has 16 years experience working in documentaries, most recently as an Executive Producer at The Garden Productions. Her credits include Channel 4’s Extremely British Muslims for which she secured unprecedented access to Birmingham Central Mosque. Fozia was previously a staff producer at Dragonfly where she developed and produced a wide range of programmes including the groundbreaking, BAFTA nominated Channel 4 series, The Family.


TAREK OSMAN is the author of “Islamism” and the international bestseller “Egypt on the Brink”; the writer and presenter of several BBC documentaries, including “The Making of the Modern Arab World” and “Islam Divided”; and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s senior political counsellor for the Arab world. He will be moderating this event.


FATIMA SALARIA is Commissioning Editor for Religion and Ethics at the BBC. Her recent commissions have included the BAFTA winning Muslims Like Us, the recent Partition Season including Anita Rani’s My Family and Partition on BBC1 and Dangerous Borders – A journey through India and Pakistan.


MIQDAAD VERSI is Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. He is a campaigner for responsible reporting and has made it his mission to monitor media coverage of Muslims, eliciting numerous apologies from national media outlets. He is a regular columnist for the Guardian and Independent.


Doors open for registration: 5.15pm
Panel discussion: 6.00-7.30pm

Drinks reception: 7.30-8.30pm

The event is free to attend but you must register for tickets in advance. There will be a complimentary drinks reception before and after the panel discussion.

Please note that all guests must bring a form of identification and may be subject to a random bag search. You should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you have time to pass through check-in and security.

Click here for a map and directions on how to find the venue, EBRD.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
1 Exchange Square

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With thanks to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Photo credit: Mikhail Serbin