Dakar meeting to finalize OIC International Media Award for promoting tolerance

May 9, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) � Senegal’s capital Dakar is scheduled to host a meeting on May 13 to put the final touches to the proposed International Award of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for outstanding media and media professionals for promoting dialogue, tolerance and intercultural harmony.

This will take place during the third meeting of the OIC ad-hoc committee assigned to consider the terms and conditions for the enactment of the award, an initiative launched by Senegalese President Macky Sall, in his capacity as chairman of the Standing Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC).

The meeting is to be held on the sidelines of the 11th COMIAC session, to take place on May 14-15. The participants will discuss the award’s financial aspects, the composition of its various sub-committees, the jury membership and the media campaign before the actual launch of the award.

The meeting is also meant to explore the idea of expanding the scope of the award’s target audience, such as to allow for corporate participation, instead of having it open only for individuals. It further meant to increase the levels of the award to involve more than just one award as well as the option to suspend the award in case the works submitted do not meet the required levels.

The participants will also review suggestions put forward by Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); the Union of OIC News Agencies; and the OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA).

In the previous meetings, held in Dakar and Jeddah, the participants decided that the award would be open for all nationals from the OIC member states and beyond. In its first edition, the award will be limited to media content published in a news agency or in online or print newspapers.

In light of the current fierce campaign against Islam, Consolidating the Values of Islam, Intercultural Dialogue and Tolerance has been chosen as the theme of the first edition. It has also been decided that the award will be held biennially to reward the best press work achieved in one of the OIC’s three official languages (Arabic, English and French).

Source: International Islamic News Agency