Journalist launches book to mark `World Press Freedom Day’

A young media practitioner and entertainment reporter with a Lagos based soft sell magazine, Abdur-Rasheed Abubakar, is set to make this year’s World Press Freedom Day a memorable one with his contribution to the literary world through his book “Muslims and the Threats of the Media”.

The reporter, who escaped death by a whisker in February when an articulated vehicle crushed his leg, is set to launch the book on May 3 to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day.

To launch the book with series of programmes, with the theme: “Let Islam thrive Towards Balanced Reporting and Religious Equality” has scheduled to hold at the Abdul Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo New Lagos Central Mosque (Hall), Shitta in Surulere, Lagos.

The event would afford guests to pay tributes to journalists worldwide, who lost their lives or are in incarceration while in the line of duty.

Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji, the Director of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin and Dr Zafaran Adeniyi, the Director of Administration with Vanguard Academy, Odosengolu, Ogun State will jointly review the book.

Speaking on what motivated him to write the book, Abubakar told The Renaissance that he felt that Muslims have not been well represented in the media, especially when it comes to the reportage of Islam.

He said that the nine-chapter book seeks to correct the perception of the many media practitioners and stakeholders about Islam.

“The book tends to show and show the world that Islam is not actually the way the media portrays it.

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I felt that Islam is not well portrayed and that is why I came up with the idea of presenting an ideal Islam to the people, especially non-Muslims through writing.

Islam is truly a religion of peace. It is not the way the media portray it. And there is need for journalists especially Nigerian journalists and globally to look inward into the beauty of Islam.

And the fact that some few individuals hide under Islam to commit evils does not mean that Islam is a religion of violence and Muslims are extremists.

So, that is what we are trying to tell the world in this book because, if you want know about Islam, you have to read about Islam from the Qur’an and Sunnah.”

He advocated for the establishment of Muslim-owned media.

Abdur-Rasheed also urging more Muslims, who are blessed with writing and oratory power, to go into the media industry “because there is significant relationship between Islam, Muslims and the Media”.

The Lagos State Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr Idiat Adebule, is expected to grace the occasion along with other dignitaries.

Also expected at the event are: Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’i, the Grand Mufti of the Conference of Islamic Organisations; Alhaji Femi Abbas, the Nation columnist; Ustadhz AbdurRasaq AbdusSalam, a Deputy Director with the Voice of Nigeria (VON); Alhaji Mumuni Alao, the Managing Director of Complete Sports; Mr Warees Solanke, the Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of Association of Muslims Media Practitioners of Nigeria (AMMPON)among others.

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