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The Muslim World League and UNA hold in Jeddah the international forum “The Media and its Role in Fueling Hatred and Violence (Dangers of Misinformation and Bias)”

Jeddah (UNA) - The work of the International Forum “The Media and its Role in Fueling Hatred and Violence: The Dangers of Misinformation and Bias,” organized by the Assistant Secretariat for Institutional Liaison of the Muslim World League and the Union of News Agencies of the Organization of Cooperation Council countries, will kick off in the city of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia tomorrow, Sunday (November 26, 2023). The Islamic Bank (UNA), under the patronage and presence of His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League and Chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars, His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Mr. Hussein Ibrahim Taha, and His Excellency the General Supervisor of Official Media in the State of Palestine, Minister Ahmed Assaf, and with the participation A number of ministers, Islamic and international media leaders, an elite group of ambassadors, intellectual and human rights figures, and leaders of international organizations, especially a number of religious leaders with relevant interests and issues.

The forum will discuss, through a number of intensive sessions and panel discussions, various issues related to the role of religious institutions and leaders in combating hatred through media platforms, and the moral responsibility of the international media in dealing with global issues and events in an objective and balanced manner, with a special focus on the Palestinian issue and the misinformation and bias it is exposed to. Media.

Assistant Secretary-General for Institutional Communication at the Muslim World League, Mr. Abdul-Wahab Al-Shehri, explained that the forum seeks to provide an international platform to discuss ways to reduce the fueling of hatred and violence in the media, and to work to strengthen the role of responsible media, especially with regard to media coverage of sensitive cultural and religious issues, adding By bringing together religious and media leaders in one framework, the forum will work to enhance dialogue between the two sides in a way that contributes to providing general directives and principles in the media’s dealing with these issues that often raise differences and conflicts.

He pointed out that this approach is consistent with the Association’s efforts to build international alliances to push towards a world where peace prevails, and whose religions, peoples and civilizations are linked by bonds of solidarity and coexistence.

For his part, the Acting Director General of the Union of Organization of Islamic Cooperation News Agencies (UNA), His Excellency Mr. Muhammad bin Abd Rabbuh Al-Yami, confirmed that the forum reflects the commitment of the Union and its member agencies to work with international partners in order to dialogue and discuss the best editorial policies to approach sensitive issues in a manner that satisfies The profession of journalism requires objectivity and credibility, and at the same time takes into account respect for peoples and their cultures and the maintenance of peace and stability, indicating that the forum will produce important outcomes in this regard, given the circumstances of its holding, and the high and distinguished level of participation from the member states of the Union and representatives of media institutions and international organizations.

Al-Yami pointed out that the forum comes within the framework of cooperation between the media arms of the Muslim World League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in order to achieve the vision of the two international organizations in employing the media in a constructive manner to serve common Islamic issues and promote a culture of tolerance and coexistence between peoples and religions.

The forum will witness the participation of official news agencies in the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and international media institutions, along with the most prominent interested leaders: “religious, intellectual, legal, legal, and leaders of international organizations.” The forum is the first gathering of its kind, size, and circumstance that anticipates the issuance of a joint declaration affirming the Framing the media profession as a reminder of its ethical values.

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