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Kazan.. Launch of the “UNA” and “Tatmedia” forum on international trends in the development of media content

grandmother (UNA) - Today, Wednesday, in Kazan, Tatarstan, the work of the Media Forum “Main trends in the transformation of the information field in the modern world and the OIC countries” was launched, which is organized by the Union of News Agencies of the OIC Countries (UNA), in cooperation with the “Tatmedia” agency in Tatarstan, and in partnership with the “Russia-Islamic World” Strategic Vision Group, and the Permanent Mission of Russia to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The forum comes within the framework of the “Kazan Forum 2024,” which is dedicated to the fifty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

At the beginning of the opening session of the forum, the head of the Tatmedia agency, Selimgarev Aydar, stressed that the “Kazan Forum” is the most important platform for cooperation between Russia and the countries of the Islamic world, noting that Tatarstan is a gateway to dialogue between different civilizations and to partnership and cooperation.

He expressed his hope that this information session would become a platform for developing joint initiatives and practical action plans in the field of media cooperation between Russia and the OIC countries, and that it would lead to specific practical results.

For his part, the Acting Director General of the Federation of Organization of Islamic Cooperation News Agencies, Mr. Muhammad bin Abd Rabbuh Al-Yami, confirmed that the forum comes within the framework of cooperation between media institutions in Russia and the Federation to discuss the transformations in international media, and the rapid developments it is witnessing towards enhancing pluralism, both in sources of information. Or in views.

Al-Yami reviewed some of the Union’s efforts to enhance news exchange between member news agencies, support the Palestinian cause in the media, and confront the bias or media misinformation it is exposed to in some Western media outlets.

Al-Yami stressed that the Union is actively involved in initiatives aimed at using the media to promote civilizational dialogue and coexistence between religions and cultures, and to confront hate speech and Islamophobia, whether through participating in organizing international conferences dedicated to this purpose, or through preparing and publishing media content that takes into account religious and cultural sensitivities and contributes to Spreading tolerance and bringing people together.

In this regard, Al-Yami referred to the “Media Responsibility Charter” issued at the conclusion of the International Forum: “The Media and its Role in Fueling Hatred and Violence: The Dangers of Misinformation and Bias,” which was organized by the Union in cooperation with the Muslim World League in Jeddah on November 26, 2023, which stressed the necessity of  Combating violence, hatred and racial discrimination and refraining from publishing media materials that fuel or incite extremism and terrorism.

Al-Yami noted the great support that the Union finds from member states, led by the headquarters country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, within the framework of the Kingdom’s keenness to Historical, renewed and sustainable to support joint Islamic action in various fields.

Deputy Chairman of the Strategic Vision Group “Russia-Islamic World,” Muhammadshin Farid, said that the forum comes within the framework of strengthening cooperation between media institutions in Russia and their counterparts in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries, referring in this regard to the memorandums of cooperation that were signed between the two parties, and the joint training programs that were conducted. It was organized.

He stressed that Russia attaches special importance to communication with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, given the many ties between the two sides, rooted in history.

The Acting Director of the Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Abdul Hamid Salehi, explained that the forum represents a platform for sharing experiences between the participating parties, pointing out that Kazan represents a point of contact between Russia and the Islamic world.

Salehi reviewed some of the organization’s contributions and efforts in the field of media, including launching the media strategy to confront the phenomenon of Islamophobia, and supporting the Palestinian cause in the media through a specialized media observatory to uncover Israeli violations against the Palestinians, in addition to providing live media coverage of the organization’s conferences and events.

Salehi pointed out that the organization is implementing its projects in these aspects through its partnerships with relevant media entities and institutions, noting in this regard the partnership with the Union of News Agencies of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries, and the Union’s efforts and contributions in strengthening joint Islamic action in the field of media.

Natalia Tartinova from the Permanent Mission of Russia to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation delivered a speech by the Permanent Representative of Russia to the Organization, Ambassador Daoudov Turko Ilmadevich, stressing Russia’s keenness to strengthen cooperation with the OIC countries in various fields, based on its presence in the organization as an observer member.

Commercial Director of the Turkmen Media Agency (Turkmenistan), Allamyrat Archayev - Head of the International Relations department of the state committee of Turkmenistan for Television, Radiobroadcasting and cinematography, stressed the importance of strengthening relations between the media in Turkmenistan and Russia, expressing his hope that the forum will become a driving force in this regard.

Following the opening session, the content director at Fiori Agency, Ekaterina Mavrinkova, gave a presentation on the establishment of the agency specializing in visual content, and its endeavors to strengthen media relations with the Global South, including through building partnerships, praising in this regard the cooperation between the agency and the Union of News Agencies. Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries.

The second session of the forum discussed the topic “The media space between unification and fragmentation,” in which the following spoke:  Director General of the Iraqi News Agency, Sattar Jiyad, and Director General of the Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency (IRNA)  Ali Naderi, the President and Director of the Republic of Indonesia Television Channel, Iman Protosino, the Director of the Russia Today Channel, Maya Manna, the Director of International Cooperation at the Sputnik News and Radio Agency, Vasily Pushkov, the Deputy Director General of the “Russian Gazette,” Pershin Andrey Evgenievich, and the Director of the International Digital Solutions Department at the Agency. Interfax Oprimok Andrei Alexandrovich.

The forum also witnessed interventions from participating media experts and proposals to find a practical framework for organizing cooperation between media institutions in Russia and their counterparts in the Islamic world.

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