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VOA Begins Series Highlighting Diversity of Muslim-Americans


Muslims' America debut episode profiles a mosque outside Philadelphia whose membership breaks with the stereotypical congregation

Washington, D.C., June 11, 2008 - Muslims' America debut episode profiles a mosque outside Philadelphia whose membership breaks with the stereotypical congregation. Voice of America's new weekly, multimedia series offers interviews, discussions and personal profiles to reflect the diversity of Muslim-Americans and distinguish between the myths and realities of the Muslim-American experience.

"We want to show various perspectives of Muslims in the U.S., and examine what it means to be a Muslim in America today," said Jennifer Janin, Chief of VOA's Urdu Service. "As the show's title suggests, being American is an important part of how Muslim-Americans define themselves."

Muslims' America airs on television to Pakistan in the Urdu language on Fridays in two 30-minute segments, at (UTC TIME) / 8:25 a.m. (Pakistan local time) on Aaj TV and at (UTC TIME) / 7:30 p.m. on Geo TV (Pakistan local time). Muslims' America is also available on the web in both Urdu and English at www.voanews.com/urdu/.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,250 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail publicaffairs@voa.gov.

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