In an attempt to alter the mainstream media’s often negative portrayal of Islam members of the community in Australia have established a not-for-profit television studio.
Organisers have said the network, One Path Network, will provide, “authentic Islamic knowledge using a professional contemporary approach.”
From its base in western Sydney, the One Path Network films and edits videos for its YouTube channel, including interviews with local sheikhs about Islamic teachings and current affairs.
“This is a time where there is a lot of pressure on the Muslim community,” network head Malaz Majanni said.
Airing on the network’s YouTube channel are programs that include interviews with local sheikhs on Islamic teachings, legal advice for Muslims, and responses to atrocities committed by groups such as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
“Unfortunately, you do find that with the mainstream media, sometimes we are misrepresented, lost in translation and here we are able to make sure that a clear message is sent out,” he said.
A message on the station’s website reads: “The media is an essential part of everyday life and a very powerful tool influencing values and ideas. The world is constantly changing and we are connected more than ever.
“There are great opportunities in using media to showcase the religion of Islam. As we embark on this large scale project, we understand that it will be a long and complex journey, but a necessary one.
“In order to make this project effective and successful we will be utilising specialised skill sets from within the community and abroad.”