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Confessions of a Muslim Journalist: My life in the mainstream and alternative media


All prominent media is propaganda and the only difference between them is the sophistication of that propaganda. Roshan Muhammed Salih should know, having worked for British mainstream media as well as Saudi, Qatari and Iranian funded media for the last 18 years.

In this look back at his career working for news organisations as diverse as ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera, Islam Channel and Press TV, Roshan focuses specifically on the evolution of Islam in Britain from the 1990s onwards as well as how the mainstream media has lamentably failed to report on it fairly.

By telling his personal career story he takes aim at the British state and media for scapegoating and otherising Muslims in the War on Terror years. But he also reflects on the divisions and inadequacies within the Muslim community itself.

This book is about struggling to fit in – struggling to fit into mainstream British society and even struggling to fit into a divided Muslim community itself.

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SKU: 099573240X Category:


Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: 5Pillars Media; 1 edition (28 Jan. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 099573240X
ISBN-13: 978-0995732407
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm

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Dimensions 15.2 × 2.3 × 22.9 cm

400 pages


5Pillars Media; 1 edition (28 Jan. 2017)







About the Author

Roshan Muhammed Salih has been a journalist for 18 years. 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 and the editor of the British Muslim news website 5Pillars. During his career Roshan has reported from over 25 countries. Highlights include the Iraq war and occupation, the 2006 Pakistan earthquake, the Lebanon/Israel war of the same year, the Iran nuclear crisis, the Egyptian revolution, the Libyan revolution, the World Cup, the Olympics and much, much more.

4 reviews for Confessions of a Muslim Journalist: My life in the mainstream and alternative media

  1. MD

    Hilarious, deep and very informative. If you want to know how contemporary media really operates with all the nitty-gritty details, read this book. Its a great combination of proper evaluation of world events and a realistic assessment of the media’s place in international politics. I have read a few books with a similar genre, none matches this one.

  2. Yvonne Ridley

    Great book if you are interested in all aspects of journalism and this gives the perspective of the challenges faced by a Muslim journalist who, having worked in the mainstream media, now earns a living covering the “Muslim news beat” both home and overseas.
    Naturally he hoists British Foreign Policy by its own petard and exposes a few hypocrites within the Muslim community giving his acerbic pen and sharp observations plenty of targets regardless of faith, culture or nationality.
    There’s some exclusive gems hidden in there as well including George Galloway’s expectations of being invited back into Labour under Corbyn; a schoolboy howler made by David Cameron when asked who is the leader of Hamas; the shenanigans and media circus behind Anjem Chowdhary and the challenges of working in the Arab world where dictators don’t appreciate the purveyors of honest journalism. Some Muslim charities don’t emerge favourably, either.
    The book is aptly titled and says as much about the state of today’s media as Roshan Saleh’s brutally frank outlook. Having worked together in several news organisations I’m glad to see his clarity of writing and keen observational powers are as sharp as ever although I do disagree with some of his conclusions, especially with regards to Syria.
    However, all in all, it is a great read for those interested in the media and an honest account of the diverse Muslim community in Britain.

  3. Iqbal Siddiqui

    Superb account of half a life (so far, God willing) spent in the mainstream and Muslim media as a British Muslim. Insightful on so many levels — the nature and reality of the British press, the problems facing the community media, and at a personal level, the issues that arise in trying to work in both as a committed and idealist Muslim. Roshan Salih has seen many different sides of the media, and many different facets of the British Muslim experience. He writes on both with frankness, humour, balance and good judgement. His text is both direct and readable, and shows a reflective side that belies the reputation of journalists as being forever in a hurry, seeking the easier story rather than the truer one. Few in either the media or the community will feel flattered by his portrayal, but fewer still will have any grounds for complaint. One can only hope that Roshan will have the opportunity in future to write in greater depth and detail on many of the issues that he discusses here, for he clearly has enough experience and expertise for many chapters of this book to be developed into whole books of their own.

  4. Aisha M

    Mr. Salih provides the reader with a detailed account of the benefits and most importantly the restrictions, challenges, and dilemmas honest journalists’ face, when working for both the alternative and mainstream media, and why he personally prefers to work in the alternative media sector, instead of “being the white man’s monkey at the BBC.”

    However, this book offers much more than that. Instead of narcissistically talking about himself, the author candidly writes about exciting and interesting things he’s done and experienced, prominent people he’s met along the way like Mehdi Hassan and Yvonne Ridley, travelling to more than 25 countries covering elections, war zones, natural disasters, and telling stories that other journalists and media outlets simply weren’t interested in telling. Stories that are sometimes exhilarating, and sometimes heartbreakingly sorrowful.

    From international stories like the Niger famine, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the war in Syria to reporting on domestic issues such as the unjust incarceration of the late Faraj Hassan to British state surveillance of Muslims, Mr. Salih chronicles many of the stories he’s covered over the years, which he believes the disingenuous mainstream media often either ignore, or deliberately lie about to manipulate public opinion. Each story shared by the author in every chapter, offers plenty of wisdom to take back home.

    Furthermore, Mr. Salih candidly shares his views on various subjects, including (but not limited to) the multimillion dollar Islamophobia industry and provides solutions on how and why it’s imperative for Muslims to respond and counter it.

    Additionally, Mr. Salih superbly captures and brings to life the hilarity, and the sometimes harrowing experiences of both domestic and international travel. A good sense of humor is essential when facing the mysteries and miseries of a foreign culture, and while Mr. Salih is serious at times, he’s also very witty which makes for an engaging read.

    All in all, this one of a kind book will beautify your shelf. It provides cultural insight, adventurous and entertaining anecdotes, and a little bit of derring-do. It’s an incredible read that deserves our attention, appreciation, respect, and recognition. Highly recommended—especially if you’re a Muslim, or a journalist. If you love travelling or enjoy writing as a hobby, this book will not disappoint. 5 out of 5 stars. Read it.

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