Azerbaijan affirms importance of Islamic media cooperation in countering distortion campaignsOctober 24, 2018
Adviser to the Assistant of the President of Azerbaijan for Information Dr. Behrouz Hasanov welcomed the delegation of the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA), currently visiting Baku, as part of the UNA Program of Media Delegations, which was launched with a visit to Tunisia on June 26.
“Welcome to your second home, Azerbaijan. We are pleased with this visit, which is conducive to supporting cooperation and building bridges between Islamic countries,” Hasanov said, stressing the importance of joint media cooperation to confront the campaigns of distortion against Islam and Muslims.
The Azerbaijani official called for the creation of an Islamic satellite channel similar to the European TV channel, to deal with the issues and concerns of Muslims throughout the world around the clock.
Hasanov affirmed that the training of journalists and media professionals in Islamic countries on how to deal with what is being broadcast by international news agencies and satellite channels is the first line of defense against plots that are being covertly orchestrated to try to obliterate the cultural and social identity of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Meanwhile, he commended the important and effective role played by the official Islamic news agencies at the political, journalistic and enlightenment levels in the region and the world, given their credibility, accuracy and excellence in the dissemination of news and press reports in general and political and economic ones in particular.
This came during a meeting with the UNA delegation in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, in the presence of Chairman of the OIC Association of Journalists Fazil Abbasov.
In his speech delivered on his behalf by Assistant Director General Zayed Abdullah, UNA Director General Issa Khaireh Robleh praised Azerbaijan’s invitation to the Union delegation to visit the country and view the landmarks of the cultural and civilizational development achieved on its territory, under the leadership of President Aliyev.
Robleh explained that the UNA Program of Media Delegations seeks to highlight the true image of the Muslim countries and peoples, with the view to contributing to bringing them closer and sensitizing them with each other’s cultures as well as the potentialities of each country in various tourism, economic, scientific and cultural fields. He also welcomed the activation of news and training cooperation with AZERTAC and expressed the hope that the Agency would participate in all the events organized by the Union.
For his part, Chairman of OIC Association of Journalists Abbasov expressed appreciation of the Union and its media activities to serve the issues of Muslim societies. He also called on the Union to intensify work for the training of media professionals and to enlighten their views on the problems hindering the advancement of the nation and the preservation of its political, social and economic rights.
The delegation, headed by UNA Assistant Director General Zayed Abdullah, includes representative of OIC Information Department Dr. Jihan Felemban; Director of Media Delegations Program Hazem Abdo; Director of Madinah Office of Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Abdulrahim Al Zahrani; Director of External Coverage at Emirates News Agency (WAM) Saud Al-Junaibi; Foreign Affairs Editor at Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) Salma el Hani; Editorial Director for Oman News Agency (ONA) Qais Al-Farsi; and Editorial Director for Bahrain News Agency (BNA) Abdulrahman Mubarak; and Editorial Director for Egypt’s Middle East News Agency (MENA) Ali El-Sayed.
Source: International Islamic News Agency