OIC to draw up media strategy to counter Islamophobia

OIC Information Director Maha Akeel
Updated 15 December 2016
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OIC to draw up media strategy to counter Islamophobia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host a conference of the information ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries in Jeddah Dec. 21-22. The ministers will discuss media strategy for the OIC to combat the phenomenon of Islamophobia.
The director of the Information Department at OIC, Maha Akeel, said the ministers will discuss mechanisms to correct the image of Islam and Muslims in Europe and North America and implement a media strategy to counter Islamophobia.
She pointed out the strategy was reviewed during the meeting of member countries and relevant establishments affiliated with the organization in October.
She said the media strategy includes various programs and that social media is one of the most effective tools that can be used in this respect. It is effective in forming public opinion and has an active role in presenting a bright and positive image of Islam and member countries of the organization, while realizing the goals of Islamic unity.
Akeel said the ministers will discuss and approve a comprehensive media strategy for OIC countries until 2025. She added that media management experts held a workshop in November to draft a comprehensive media strategy for this.


Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018
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Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.