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TV news anchor wins Muslim honour
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Jon Snow was recognised for his reported of the Muslim world
Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow was among the winners at the Muslim News Awards for Excellence.

Snow received the media award for his work "travelling extensively in the Muslim world, taking an in-depth look at events and developments".

Other winners included the solicitor for radical cleric Abu Hamza, Muddassar Arani, who took the citizenship award.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw praised the contribution of Muslims to British society, in a speech at the ceremony.

'Celebrate success'

Mr Straw said: "British Muslims are where Britain and Islam intersect. Celebrating their success is the best way of showing that these two identities can and do thrive in the same place and in the same person.

"British Muslims contribute hugely to this country's success, prosperity and culture and it is only right that this is recognised."

Lawyer Muddassar Arani, who also represents 21 July bombings suspect Ibrahim Muktar Said, is a human rights lawyer for the Muslim community.

She lectures in mosques and universities, and has distributed more than 500,000 leaflets entitled Know Your Rights, which give advice on dealing with interrogation by police or the security services.

In these trying times it is befitting to honour and acknowledge our shining stars
Ahmed Versi, the Muslim News

Cynthia Capey, 68, won the championing a Muslim cause category for her work over many years promoting understanding between Muslims, Christians and Jews in Suffolk.

She has carried out this work for both the East of England Faiths Agency and Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource

Mazhar Butt, who has turned his family shop in Nottingham into a multi-million pound business supplying naan bread to supermarkets, won the enterprise award.

Other winners included Manchester health charity Mediconcern, Cardiff University academic Professor Saghir Akhtar and young England cricketer Bilal Mustapha Shafayat.

Ahmed Versi, editor of the Muslim News, said the annual event had "become a beacon of light in the midst of such gloom".

"In these trying times it is befitting to honour and acknowledge our shining stars," he said.

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