Saudi Arabia hosted the fifth session of the General Assembly of the International Islamic News Agency (IINA) in Jeddah this week. Minister of Culture and Information and Chairman of IINA Executive Council Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad chaired the session in the presence of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen.
The session underscores the importance of exchanging ideas among the Islamic organs and the significance of enhancing their capabilities to keep abreast with the challenges facing the international community. Top among these challenges are terrorism and extremism, and the need to find effective ways of combating them.
Many parts of the world are reeling under violence and destruction because of the failures of the UN and its inability to ensure peace and security in the world. An example of grossly sickening violence is the killing of people in Myanmar, as the UN Secretary General looks the other way.
Despite the dedicated efforts of the Islamic media to convey messages to the world from the Muslim perspective to seek justice, prejudices continue to prevail. This is why the Islamic media needs to continue to be firm and refute false allegations spread by malicious media outlets, often backed by terror-supporters.
The Islamic media must further enhance its efforts to reflect the concerns of the scores of Muslims all over the world.