COSMOS—Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations
COSMOS engages the media and other community organizations. They had strategic level discussions with the leadership of
Miami Herald, WFOR CBS-Channel 4, WPLG ABC-Channel 10, NBC 6, Miami Dade County
Community Relations Board, Anti Defamation League (ADL) and MCCJ. .
On April 29, 2010, the Coalition met the Miami Herald leadership: Myriam Marquez, Editorial
Page Editor, Aminda Marquez, News Editor, John Yearwood, World Editor, David Landsberg,
publisher. The meeting renewed old relations and resulted in an understanding to afford more
opportunities to Muslim opinion writers. Consequently, Mr. Farooq Mitha’s op-ed piece
appeared in the Herald.
In a similar meeting with WFOR-CBS 4, the delegation stressed to focus on local community
instead of defining Muslims/Islam by global incidence. The group also met Channel 10, and
NBC 6 stressing the same concern that our permanent presence in the community and Muslims
are equal contributors to the society. We told them that we are your viewers, and what you put
out on the tube affects us and our children—community’s children.
The management of all three networks, acknowledged the failure on their part to discover the
Community—explores Muslim presence in south Florida.
COSMOS intends to keep media engaged, respond to especial needs and to keep media informed
of Islam/Muslim related events and activities in the future.
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