Saudi Arabia stresses on importance of media in promoting coexistence at UN meeting

Saudi Arabia’s Halla Al-Otaibi, second secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, affirmed that the role of media outlets is ‘becoming more important’ in combating extremism. (UN Photo / Ryan Brown)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia stresses on importance of media in promoting coexistence at UN meeting

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has stressed on the importance of the role media can play in disseminating concepts of coexistence.
Saudi Arabia’s Halla Al-Otaibi, second secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, affirmed that the role of media outlets is “becoming more important” in combating extremism.
Speaking before the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee, Al-Otaibi highlighted how the Kingdom uses media to shed light on its economic, social and cultural messages through modern media tools reflecting the globalism of Saudi citizens.
She stressed on how it is important not to allow rebel militias to use social media platforms to spread hatred and violence.
Al-Otaibi added that the Kingdom seeks to consolidate the approach of moderation and the values of mastery, justice, transparency and rejection of terrorism, as well as spreading a dialogue of peace.
She added that the Kingdom established the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal) to confront “the enemies of humanity, in fighting extremist ideology, spreading the principles of tolerance and moderation, and promoting opportunities for world peace.”
She concluded that Saudi Arabia supports UN efforts in order to achieve its supreme purposes and goals of the Sustainable Development Plan 2030.


Prayers performed for Jamal Khashoggi in Makkah and Madinah

Updated 16 November 2018
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Prayers performed for Jamal Khashoggi in Makkah and Madinah

  • A funeral prayer was held for Khashoggi at the Grand Mosque in Makkah after Friday prayers
  • Another service was held for him at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah after the dawn prayer

JEDDAH: Funeral prayers were performed for murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah Friday.
The congregation prayed the absentee funeral prayers for Khashoggi at the Grand Mosque in Makkah after Friday prayers, and another service was held for him at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah after the dawn prayer earlier in the day.
The prayers came a day after Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said it was seeking the death penalty for death five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 by a lethal injection after a struggle, and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, Shalaan Al-Shalaan, deputy public prosecutor and spokesman, told reporters in Riyadh on Thursday.
The investigation into Khashoggi’s death will continue and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Thursday that the Kingdom is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable through the judiciary.