During a week of offensive cartoons and over reacting (or under reacting depending how you look at it), this is a bit of good news coming out of Jordan. I havn’t seen it but the idea alone is attractive enough for me to encourage more moves like this.
Ã¢??Fact InternationalÃ¢?? wants to dispel myths about Islam
New Jordan weekly, published in both Arabic and English in Jordan, aims to portray moderate image of Islam.
AMMAN – A new weekly newspaper has been launched in Jordan to campaign against “blatant distortions” of Islam by portraying a moderate image of the religion.
Fact International is being published by a media and research institute based in Amman with articles in both Arabic and English, according to chairman Zakaria al-Sheikh.
“Fact InternationalÃ¢??s mission is to dispel the myths and misconceptions and the blatant distortions that are used to discredit the Arab and Muslim world,” he said in a statement.
Sheikh said there was a need for such media in the face of “forces of unrelenting propaganda” in a world of “double-speak, double-standards, and ultimately double-crossing”.
The new paper is being launched amid a worldwide Muslim outcry over cartoons of the prophet Mohammed published in European newspapers.
Jordan is trying to promote a more moderate approach to Islam and has hosted two conferences drawing religious scholars from Muslim countries as well as academics in Islamic studies from around the world. [source]