Four Cities to Launch Muslim Newspaper

April 17, 2006

Source: CBC News

On April 17, 2006 CBC News reported, "The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada plans to publish a new national newspaper in four cities on Tuesday, spurred in part by the controversy over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The Muslim Free Press was officially launched in a ceremony in Toronto on Saturday. It will be distributed in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Published in English and French, it will cover topics ranging from Canadian and international news, to politics and health issues from a Muslim perspective. The council is a Calgary-based national group that tries to promote a wider understanding of the teachings of Islam and issues affecting Muslims. It said its introduction of the free title was partially due to the international uproar over the published caricatures of Muhammad... Syed Soharwardy, council president as well as publisher and chief executive officer of the new paper, said both the publications and the protests showed a growing misunderstanding between Muslims and non-Muslims... Soharwardy said he hopes the new paper will help bridge the gap in understanding and help create interfaith dialogue. The paper's editorial board, for instance, includes Christian and Hindu members. Tuesday's inaugural issue also features articles discussing Passover and Easter."