Combating media misinformation

At the Muslim World League and UNA Forum, experts and thinkers warn of the dangers of media bias against the Palestinian cause.

Jeddah (UNA) - Media experts, thinkers and religious leaders discussed the dangers of misinformation and bias to which the Palestinian issue is exposed and ways to enhance the role of the media in championing this issue and spreading security and stability.

This came during the International Forum: “The Media and its Role in Fueling Hatred and Violence (Dangers of Misinformation and Bias),” which was launched on Sunday (November 26, 2023) in the city of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency the Secretary General of the Muslim World League, President of the Association of Muslim Scholars, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, and His Excellency the General Supervisor of Official Media in the State of Palestine, Minister Ahmed Assaf.

Holding the forum comes within the close partnership between the Assistant Secretariat for Institutional Communication in the Muslim World League and the Federation of News Agencies of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Countries, which represents an independent specialized body, within the framework of their common goals.

During the second session, which was held under the title “Biasness and Misinformation in the International Media (The Palestinian Issue as an Example),” Ambassador Mukhtar Omar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, confirmed that many Western media outlets have proven their bias by ignoring the policies of collective punishment and systematic torture pursued by Israel. Against the Palestinian people in response to the events of last October XNUMX.

Ambassador Mukhtar Omar warned of the impact of artificial intelligence on controlling information regarding the Palestinian issue, calling for a media strategy for news agencies in Islamic countries towards important and common issues.

Ali Hassan, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Editor-in-Chief of the Egyptian Middle East News Agency, explained that there is an urgent need for the media in the countries of the Arab and Islamic world to broadcast its media materials in multiple foreign languages ​​so that the facts and honest coverage of the course of events and their facts reach the ears of the various countries of the world, in order to respond to misinformation. The media approach adopted by the Israeli media in its dealings with the Palestinian issue.

Ali Hassan appealed to the media in the countries of the Arab and Islamic world to ensure the exchange of news among them, away from the tendentious and biased media that is blindly biased towards Israel at the expense of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

He stressed the need to ensure the continuous transmission of the Arab and Islamic efforts made on this issue, whether through highlighting the decisions, meetings, interviews and consultations of senior officials in our countries and relevant ministries, as well as the decisions and activities of our relevant regional organizations regarding the Palestinian issue.

For his part, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Senior Advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain, said that the forum comes at a very appropriate time in view of the unprecedented crisis and tragedy and the genocide and destruction we are witnessing directly on satellite channels in one of the largest open prisons in the world in Gaza.

Sakrani pointed out that if what was happening in Gaza had happened anywhere else around the world, the world in general, and specifically the international media, would not have remained silent, pointing in this regard to the Western consensus regarding the war in Ukraine.

He warned of the dangers of manipulating the contexts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in some Western media, which portray the situation as if the roots of the conflict lie in what happened on October 70th, and not in the occupation that has been ongoing for more than XNUMX years.

For his part, Director of the Djiboutian News Agency, Abdel-Razzaq Ali Dirani, said that the recent Israeli war on Gaza showed the Western media’s bias towards the Israeli side, which contradicts these media’s claims of freedom of expression and opinion and the reporting of events transparently and without bias.

The Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Croatian News Agency, Magda Tavra Vlahovic, touched on the genocide against Palestinian children, which she described as unprecedented in history.

She added: It seems that in some media, even the extermination of Palestinian children is not called by the correct name, indicating that there is manipulation of the media practiced by a few.

She stressed the need to educate journalists to confront this bias and conduct scientific and academic research into the reality of the media to understand what is currently happening and try to correct the course.

In turn, Director General of the Kyrgyz News Agency, Mederbek Shermetaliyev, pointed out how some international media, having forgotten the principles of humanity, are being used to justify the brutal aggression that led to the martyrdom of thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip, including many women and children.

In this regard, he also pointed out the censorship imposed on social media networks on comments supporting the Gaza Strip, and video clips from bombed hospitals, noting that this censorship has reached the point of targeting everyone who seeks a ceasefire and the imposition of peace.

For his part, Younis Al-Qanoubi from the Ministry of Information in the Sultanate of Oman explained that many Western media outlets sought a desperate defense of media misinformation and complete bias towards Israel without considering the facts on the ground, and deliberately distorted the data related to the crisis, in a clear bias towards the Israeli narrative and narration based on the principle of right. Self-defense, which cost the other party dearly.

Al-Qanoubi pointed out that most American and European media resort to framing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as a one-sided war, blatantly and blatantly ignoring the daily Israeli occupation massacres committed against the Palestinians.

It is noteworthy that the forum witnessed the participation of a number of ministers, Islamic and international media leaders, and an elite group of ambassadors, religious, intellectual and legal figures, and leaders of international organizations.

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