Thursday, March 30, 2006

Greetings and Gratitude

Greeting: As sala'amu alaikum (Peace be upon you)

Response: Walaikum as sala'am (And unto you, also peace)
I would like to give a hail out to the Muslim television station, IBN, Channel 8. I knew about them before and had tuned into their station once or twice when they had first started up (about 5 months ago) to see what it was about. On the day of the anti-smelter march in South, when different religious leaders and corporate and community representatives spoke to the crowd, I was quite heartened to hear the IBN manager, Mr. Ishmael pledge to give at least one hour of programming to anti-smelter issues on their station. This made me go to him and ask him if I could bring him some material. He said "Yes, of course. Bring it tomorrow."

So on Monday I took the two videos to them: The A - Z of Aluminium Smelters and Please Stand (which I have not featured here yet). Their studio is small and has a peaceful air to it. Clearly it is effective, as they say they have the largest local viewership. I found them to be very welcoming and open to the pieces I brought to them. After copying the DVD, the producer said "We will make sure to play these."

I was pleasantly surprised when they called me early last night to tell me that they would be showing Please Stand to open their popular programme, Breaking Barriers at 8:30 p.m. They also said that from now on they will be showing Please Stand at least ten times a day. Wow. How great of them. According to Mr. Ishmael, they keep their promises.

It goes to show that certain opportunities come in packages you don't expect.

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One of the IBN crew at the march, wearing their t-shirt saying: Breaking Barriers. Who's Next?
P.S. I have since written a second post for today. You will find it here.


Blogger Webgrl said...

i'll be looking out for it!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Kaivalya said...

Wow! That's fantastic. It shows that this station really has a committment to their community, rather than just a profit motive. Impressive!

7:58 AM  

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