Thursday 13 April 2006Islamic biweekly newspaper to be launched in Canada
From Hour Magazine:
Syed B. Soharwardy is the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of CanadaSyed Soharwardy, founder of the Calgary-based Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, was one of the most vocal critics in Canada of the recent controversy over the September 2005 publication in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten of 12 editorial cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Now, beginning April 15, Soharwardy will get to express his views as editor-in-chief of Canada’s first national Muslim biweekly newspaper, the English-language Muslim Free Press.
"I’ve been thinking about publishing a paper for a long time, but the cartoon controversy exposed how the mainstream media need to understand the values of Islam and Muslim culture," Soharwardy told Hour this week. "Those cartoons do not refer to freedom of speech. They defame Islam. They defame the entire Muslim community."
The Muslim Free Press launches officially on April 15 in Toronto, and will also be distributed in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, where it will be available for free at the Mohiyul Islam Mosque on Jean-Talon.