Nasreen Suleaman, BBC journalist of 11 years

Joined: Nov 25 2005, 11:41 AM

Oct 28 2006, 09:16 PM #1

Remember Nasreen Suleaman? She presented the Radio 4, Koran & Country programme, 'Biography of a Bomber'. The programme was described on the BBC Koran & Country web site as follows:
Biography of a Bomber
Thursday 17 November 2005 20:00-20:30 (Radio 4 FM)


What turns a British-born Muslim into a suicide bomber? Nasreen Suleaman talks to those who knew Mohammad Sidique Khan, the eldest of the July 7 bombers. He tries to unravel the mystery of what turned this well integrated, popular and intelligent young man into a terrorist.
The programme was listed in The Times' Entertainment section as:
BIOGRAPHY OF A BOMBER
Radio 4, 8pm


Nasreen Suleaman  has been a journalist with BBC News for 11 years. Here she presents a strong case for being groomed as the service’s next celebrity reporter as she tells the most detailed story I’ve yet heard of a man who, like her, was born in Britain to Pakistani parents and brought up in Yorkshire. On July 7, though, Mohammad Sidique Khan and three other men caught a train to London, where they blew themselves and 52 innocent people to bits. Why? It is a question asked a thousand times ever since — and Suleaman goes a long way towards answering it.
Quite apart from comments elsewhere on this forum about the Biography of a Bomber documentary (you can ), the reason for this post is to see if anyone can find out anything at all about Nasreen Suleaman who, according to The Times, has been a BBC journalist for 11 years, yet who appears to have done little or no reporting for the BBC prior to her Radio 4 Koran & Country foray, and indeed very little since.

You can watch what I can only describe as a rather contrived BBC News interview with Nasrean Suleaman about her Radio 4 documentary from this page on the BBC web site or direct from here:
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/news/media/avdb/news_web/video/9012da68002b440/bb/09012da68002b519_16x9_bb.rm

So far it seems that one of the only other stories that Nasreen Suleaman appears to have reported on is the strange case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person in the world ever to have been convicted in connection with the 11 September 2001 incidents at the World Trade Centre.

Can it really be the case that, in a reported 11 years of journalism for the BBC, Nasreen Suleaman has only ever reported on the cases of Mohammad Sidique Khan and Zacarias Moussaoui, two stories allegedly involving suicide bomb attacks on western soil, and their 'roads to radicalism'?
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Oct 29 2006, 03:11 PM #2

U N I T E D S T A T E S I N S T I T U T E OF P E A C E

Programme

Towards a Community-Based Approach to Counter-Terrorism

Conference held in Wilton Park, United Kingdom, March 20-22, 2006

in partnership with Demos and with the support of:

The Home Office (Faith Community Unit)
United States Institute of Peace
Economic and Social Research Council
Arts and Humanities Research Council
Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)

....

1730-1830 THE WIDER POLITICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT:
Islam and globalisation and the role of foreign policy
How much is western foreign policy a factor in polarising the global
debate within the Muslim community? How far does the responsibility
of responding to disaffection with western foreign policy lie with the
Muslim community? What issues are raised by the inter-face of
western (secular) democracies and Islamic expressions of political and
cultural solidarity? What are the challenges for governments in setting
up cross-cutting strategies to deal with extremism?

Frances GUY
Head, Engaging with the Islamic World Group, Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, London

Nasreen SULEAMAN
Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC, London


Source: US Institute of Peace Muslim Youth Agenda PDF
Well, well - Nas - Senior Broadcast Journalist with the BBC, yet one that has only covered two stories in 11 years of broadcast journalism, speaking alongside Frances Guy of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office - the FCO, of course, being of 'if links back to UK or US sources were revealed' fame. Brought to you in conjunction with the DEMOS 'think tank' who, if their own propaganda is to be believed are an:
"Independent think tank and research institute, believed to influence the policies of Tony Blair's government. Considered a centre of "Third Way" ideas."
Third Way, Third Reich, what's in a name?

Some months after the USIP conference, Nasreen jetted off to the home of the anti-Islamic cartoon storm, Denmark, to give a talk at the "THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN FRAMING CO-EXISTENCE" conference - 'A mini-conference about media in the globalized society’, a conference at which Denmark and Pakistan were well represented:
THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN FRAMING CO-EXISTENCE:

‘A MINI-CONFERENCE ABOUT MEDIA IN THE GLOBALIZED SOCIETY’

June 7th 2006 at

The International Press Center
Vestergade 2
DK-1456 Copenhagen K
Denmark


....

A new role of media – Media as a tool of strengthening cross-cultural understanding
The emergence of multi-cultural societies - what kind of demands does this development impose on the education and training of future journalists? How can journalism professionals and educators respond to the conditions of conflict in society? Are we in need of a new model of journalism to accommodate the processes of integration?

Keynote speaker: Nasreen Suleaman, Journalist for BBC (UK/PK) (confirmed)
Keynote speaker: Troels Mylenberg, Head of the Journalism education, University of Southern Denmark (DK) (confirmed)
Case presentation: Jens Linde, Managing Editor, International News, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DK) (to be confirmed)
Moderator: Rushy Rashid, Journalist and Author (DK/PK) (confirmed)

Sources: this PDF programme and this PDF progamme
Note that Nas is listed as representing the UK and Pakistan(?!).
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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Oct 29 2006, 03:31 PM #3

If anyone stumbles across a copy of the full FT article from which this is taken, please post it here:
Koran and Country CRITICS CHOICE - RADIO.
Source: The Financial Times


Publication Date: 17-NOV-05

Koran and Country CRITICS CHOICE - RADIO.
Radio 4 8.00pm

Koran and Country
At the time of writing "Biography of a Bomber" is unfinished and no preview copies are available. But auspices are good. The producer Innes Bowen and investigator Nasreen Suleaman try to unravel the complex threats that make up a typical paradox in today's...  Source: Access My Library
Notice that Nas is listed not only as the presenter of the show but also the 'investigator'! 'But auspices are good'

Innes Bowen also seems to like making programmes about Islam.
Name:  Innes Bowen
Organisation/Company:  BBC
Email:  innes.bowen@bbc.co.uk
Telephone:  020 8752 6996
Address:  Room 1210
BBC White City
Wood Lane
City:  London
Postcode:  W12 7TS

Source: Training Zone
Here's another of Innes' little gems:
The Prophet and the State
Can the government win the hearts and minds of extremists?


BBC Radio 4's Analysis: The Prophet and the State, was broadcast on Thursday, 23 March, 2006 at 20:30 GMT.



Read the programme transcript

How is the government attempting to win the battle for Muslim minds?

The July 7 bombings confirmed what a confidential Home Office report had advised a year earlier - that radicalism and extremism amongst a minority of Britain's Muslim population had become a threat to security and community cohesion. So how is the government attempting to defuse this hostility towards Britain felt by some? Andrew Brown looks at the overt and covert strategies being deployed to win the battle for Muslim minds.

The publicly visible strategy was to set up a task force of Muslim leaders charged with coming up with plans for tackling extremism. Those who served on the task force felt the exercise was too limited - they were steered away from mentioning what many thought was an important factor, namely the war in Iraq, and they met only twice. Some questioned the whole idea of dealing with Muslims in Britain through faith group leaders who they regard as having a vested interest in re-enforcing community boundaries.

There has also been tough talk from the Prime Minister and Home Secretary about clamping down on extremist preachers and groups which glorify terrorism.

But behind there scenes a more discreet strategy is in play: a post 7/7 road show of moderate imams was presented as something organised by a network of Muslim organisations but was in fact funded on the quiet by the Foreign Office. More controversially, Analysis has learnt that the police are working with radical groups and former jihadis who stop short of supporting attacks on British soil. The police hope that potential bombers who might not listen to the moderates might at least be persuaded by those at the less extreme end of radicalism.

Interviewees include:

Prof Gilles Kepel, Sciences-Po, Paris and author of The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West
Fareena Alam, Editor, Q News
Imran Khan, documentary maker
John Battle, Member of Parliament for Leeds West and adviser on faith issues to the Prime Minister
Yahya Birt, Research Fellow at the Islamic Foundation, Markfield, Leicestershire
Assistant Chief Constable Robert Beckley, lead on faith issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers
Inayat Bunglawala, spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain
Baroness Falkner, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Home Affairs

Presenter: Andrew Brown
Producer: Innes Bowen
Editor: Nicola Meyrick
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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Oct 29 2006, 05:05 PM #4

[quote=""The Antagonist""]  If anyone stumbles across a copy of the full FT article from which this is taken, please post it here:[/quote]
This is the complete article:
Koran and Country CRITICS CHOICE - RADIO.

The Financial Times Nov 17 , 2005

Radio 4 8.00pm

Koran and Country

At the time of writing "Biography of a Bomber" is unfinished and no preview copies are available. But auspices are good. The producer Innes Bowen and investigator Nasreen Suleaman try to unravel the complex threats that make up a typical paradox in today's nervy political climate: Sid from Yorkshire, a suicide bomber.

Mohammad Sadique Khan was a nice lad and thoroughly English. He ended up as the oldest of London's July 7 bombers. The story of this well-liked and well-integrated member of modern British society is disturbing, not least for the tensions between Muslims and other faiths it shows.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti
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Oct 30 2006, 01:33 AM #5

A declaration of the committee from the Denmark-based coexistenceofcivilizations.org, the group behind the conference at which Nasreen Suleaman spoke, alongside Frances Guy from the FCO:
Declaration of the Committee

This declaration has been issued by the Co-existence of Civilizations Committee. The declaration was published in February 2006 in relation to the launch of the Co-existence -initiative:

From low point to turning point

The present crisis, ignited by the Muhammed caricatures, is a blatant example of how unprepared the Danes are for global co-existence and for the rules of play required by it. It is therefore surprising that Danish debate still hasn’t begun to reflect over this course of events, nor on which lessons can be learned from them.

Firstly, it must be noted that this debate is not just about a conflict between different cultures, but about a conflict within the same cultures. What began with 12 drawings in the Danish national newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, is not the only serious international crisis of the decade for Denmark. However, it could be that it is the biggest challenge to its national identity and its united front, culturally and politically. 

As founders of the initiative Co-existence of Civilizations, we will work towards a goal whereby the current crisis leads to a new understanding of global co-existence and the requirements needed to live in a multi-cultural society-and which opportunities this can unfold.

However, it requires a change of direction in a debate, which is currently dominated by polarization and the tendency to ascribe ill motives to all opponents. We need to move away from confrontation and move towards open discussion. This debate must continue with greater dignity and with a more reflective approach than previously. We must show the world that such a highly educated country with such deep-rooted democracy is capable of leading constructive dialogue. This need has never been greater.

Never before has Denmark been so in the limelight of world opinion. How we deal with all this new attention will determine the respect and credibility we receive in years to come, as part of an international society. For the moment, however, we have a backlog to sort out.

The current conflict will not be solved through stubbornness, or by giving up one’s values or rights. These are false options. There is only one solution to the problem: A third option, which considers the necessity of both respecting basic rights and cultural and religious differences. If anything, this crisis has underlined the need to strengthen our global insight and understanding. This cannot grow from narrow mindedness or over confidence, but from an open and reflective deep-rooted belief in our own democratic values.

The Co-existence of Civilizations initiative aligns itself with the third option. We do not wish to create new groups or fronts, but want to make opportunities visible in the co-existence of cultures. This will represent the core of all growth potential in the very globalization we have talked and written so much about in the last few years.

With the aim of testing the water and, hopefully, proving this concept, we have taken the initiative to host a series of international workshops, dialogue meetings and conferences in Copenhagen in spring of this year. This is not so that Denmark can show the rest of the world how co-existence is practiced, but so as to set the scene for a new dialogue which can illustrate what the next phase of globalization should be about-for nations, companies, societies as well as the individual. These events will hopefully help to set a new way forward for human co-existence. 

Every crisis brings with it the opportunity to turn things around, to develop or to find another way out. We will work towards that opportunity becoming bigger than the crisis itself and towards bringing our turning point closer.

Source.
A little more:
BACKGROUND:WHY THE CO-EXISTENCE AGENDA?

February 2006 Denmark became the focus of international
attention with what is referred to as the
Cartoon Crisis.The crisis was trigged by the decision of
a Danish newspaper to publish several cartoons illustrating
the prophet Mohammed. Within two months
this action caused a large-scale political crisis, which
reached far across the borders of Denmark to become
the worst international crisis Denmark had experienced
in decades.
And heading the Co-Existence of Civilisations' team....
The co-existence expedition team

Patron of the expedition: HRH Prince Hassan, Jordan

Chaired by: Mr. Erik Rasmussen, editor-in-chief, Monday Morning, Denmark
So, the patron of the Co-Existence organisation is a Jordanian prince, the Chair is none other than the editor-in-chief of the Danish newspaper that published the incendiary Mohammad photos, the international outcry from which launched the Co-existence lot into existence, and Nasrean Suleaman - the Biography-of-a-Bomber-unknown BBC journalist of 11 years - was talking to them about a new model of journalism along with Frances Guy of the FCO.

How strange.

Edit: For clarification.
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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Oct 30 2006, 02:15 AM #6

Nas=Nasreen Suleaman?
Follow the numbers.
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Oct 30 2006, 03:31 AM #7

Yup, duly amended. More on Suleaman's Denmark visit:
Delegation to Denmark

The Concordia Forum successfully led a delegation of British Muslims to Denmark over the weekend 10/11/12 of March 2006, to meet Danish Muslim leaders and representatives of Danish Political parties on the invitation of The Social Democrat Party of Denmark. The aim of the visit was to discuss the integration of European Muslim communities, the backlash the cartoons controversy created and to highlight good practice of integration in the UK . A list of recommendation made to our Danish Counterparts will be available to download on this website soon.

Members of the Delegation included:

Imam Ibrahim Mogra (Muslim Council of Britain )
Nasreen Suleaman (BBC)
Khalid Mahmood (British MP)
Muddassar Ahmed (The Concordia Forum)
Naveed Akhtar (Freelance Documentary maker)
Mohammed Abbassi (BMCCI)
Via a cache of The Concordia Forum.
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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