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Monday, January 16, 2006

AMW media activity Jan 9-15

On January 11, AMW chairman Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi was a guest with the Daily Mail political editor on US TV network ABC discussing various Middle East issues.

That same day, an AMW delegation met with a distinguished panel at the BBC to discuss AMW's invited submission to the BBC's impartiality review on its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One member of the panel e-mailed AMW saying: "They very much appreciated the time and trouble you took both to submit your evidence and to prepare for the oral session. They enjoyed talking to you." AMW's report, based on thorough monitoring for a 1-month period of the BBC's TV, radio and online output, will be made public when our new website is launched soon.

On January 12, Nashashibi was interviewed on Al 'Alam TV about the Saudi-UAE border dispute.

That same day, the new issue of British-Arab magazine Sharq was published, containing a feature by Nashashibi on changes in the Arab diplomatic corps in the UK, and an interview by him with Al Jazeera's Riz Khan, formerly of CNN and the BBC, about his new book on Saudi prince, business tycoon and billionaire Alwaleed.

On January 13, AMW member Chris Doyle got a letter published in the Evening Standard: "You reported many disgusting comments allegedly made by Abu Hamza - but wanting a 'Muslim in the White House' in itself isn't one of them. The day the American electorate chooses a Muslim president will be a victory for inter-faith relations; surely this prospect can be no less appealing than a president who claims to talk to God?"

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