Veteran Journalist, Alhaji AbdulBaqee Yemisi-Coker has decried the low patronage of Islamic media organisations by Muslims in Nigeria.
Alhaji Yemisi-Coker spoke on Wednesday at the ‘Islam and the Media’ webinar (Series 1), commemorating the second anniversary of Muslim News Nigeria.
The webinar, themed; ‘Survival of Islamic Media Institutions: Reflections from Nigeria’, was attended by 400 participants from across the world while thousands of netizens watched it on live broadcast via the official Facebook page of Muslim News, Nigeria’s most authoritative Islamic newspaper.
The publisher of the now rested Islamic newspaper, Al-Islam shared his experience during his days on the field (in the early 2000s), noting that patronage was very low and was in fact one of the biggest challenges that inhibited their efforts in the industry.
Alhaji Yemisi-Coker called on notable Muslim Associations to support Islamic media outfits with special emphasis on Muslim News and encourage their members to patronise them through subscription, adverts placement, donations, among others.
According to him, if Muslims can pay special attention to the print medium as they do the electronic medium, the essence of establishing Islamic media would not be defeated.
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Brief history of Muslim News
Information available on Wikipedia revealed that Muslim News Nigeria was founded by Rasheed Abubakar, an author, writer and a columnist with The Daily Independent in Lagos, Nigeria. It debuted in August 2018.
It was established due to the biased media reportage of Barrister Firdaus Amasa’s Hijab saga and several other cases of under-reporting of news about Islam and Muslims.
In September 2018, Muslim News Nigeria went online with regular Muslim content and in-depth analyses of happenings around the Muslim world.
Its website is fast becoming the most frequently visited Muslim news website by majority Muslims, and some non-Muslims.
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