Editor – Roshan Muhammed Salih
Roshan has been a journalist for 17 years. After a brief stint in teaching he started his career in local newspapers in the UK before moving into TV journalism with London Weekend Television. He then went to work at Al Jazeera’s new English website in Qatar. Upon his return to the UK a few years later he became head of news at Islam Channel between 2005-2007. He then moved onto Press TV where he was head of news in London for five years. He is now a documentary maker.
During his career he has reported from over 25 countries. Highlights include the Iraq war and occupation, the Pakistan earthquake in 2006, the Lebanon/Israel war, the Iran nuclear crisis, the Egyptian revolution, the Libyan revolution, the World Cup, the Olympics and much, much more.
On a personal level, Roshan is 42 years old and of mixed Sri Lankan/British heritage. He likes travel, reading and sport, and speaks fluent French and good Arabic.
You can follow him on Twitter @RMSalih.
Deputy Editor – Dilly Hussain
Dilly graduated from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, with a BA Honours in Politics in 2009. He went on to complete his NCTJ Certificate in Print Journalism in 2010 while reporting for the Bedfordshire on Sunday.
He left Bedfordshire on Sunday in 2011 and worked as a freelance documentary researcher at Press TV. Dilly has also contributed to numerous Islamic publications like Al Jumuah Magazine, The Revival Magazine and Islam21c.
Dilly regularly appears on Sky News, Channel 4 News, BBC Look East, BBC South, BBC One, Islam Channel, Russia Today and BBC radio stations discussing Middle East and North African politics, and domestic topics concerning British Muslims. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post, a columnist for the Middle East Eye, and a freelance contributor for Al Jazeera English, the Ceasefire Magazine and the Foreign Policy Journal.
He enjoys reading and writing, as well as keeping up to date with current affairs. Dilly is also keen on learning about different cultures, traditions and history. He speaks fluent Bengali, and good Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi (Kashmiri).
Dilly plays Saturday league cricket, is a member of Bedford Amateur Boxing Club, and is an avid Liverpool FC and UFC fan. He loves reading historical fiction, crime novels and watching documentaries, likes travelling, and gym.
Dilly is a British born Bangladeshi, raised and residing in Bedford.
You can follow him on Twitter @dillyhussain88
Staff & Contributors
Yousef Mawry is the Digital Director of 5Pillars. He is a US-born Yemeni broadcast journalist and documentary maker.
Bilal Abdul Kareem is an American journalist and filmmaker currently reporting from rebel-held Idlib, Syria.
Mohammed Kahiye is 5Pillars’ east Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hafsa Kara is an activist, political commentator and journalist.
Nishaat Ismail is a freelance journalist who is currently completing a Masters in Middle East in Global Politics.
Imran Shah is London based activist and blogger.
Ghulam Esposito Haydar is an activist and the co-founder the Myriad Foundation.
Dr Siema Iqbal is a Manchester based junior doctor and activist.
Louisa Butt is the editor of the Manchester-based Speaker Newspaper.
Abdurraheem Green is the Chairman of the Islam Education and Research Academy (iERA).
Ibtihal Bsis is a barrister specialising in Prevent cases.
Lauren Booth is a broadcaster, presenter and journalist.
Zara Faris is a writer, thinker and debater for the Muslim Debate Initiative (MDI).
Fahad Ansari is a lawyer specialising on human rights and immigration.
Abdullah al Andalusi is a writer, thinker and debater for the Muslim Debate Initiative (MDI).
Moazzam Begg is a former GITMO detainee and the Outreach Director of advocacy group CAGE.
Dr Anas Altikriti is the co-founder of the Cordoba Foundation think-tank.
Ibrahim Hewitt is the Senior Editor of Middle East Monitor and the Chair of UK-based charity Interpal.
Dr Abdul Wahid is the chairman of Hizb-ut Tahrir Britain and is a doctor by profession.
Sufyan Ismail is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and the CEO of MEND.
Hamza Tzortzis is a writer, think, debater and Head of Research and Education at iERA.
Faisal Bodi is a writer and political commentator. He is currently with the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
Khalil Charles is a former BBC journalist and TV producer.