OIC channel to confront Islamophobia, boost unity

Updated 20 February 2013
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OIC channel to confront Islamophobia, boost unity

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation yesterday emphasized its plan to establish an effective satellite television channel to confront Islamophobia and strengthen economic ties between member countries.
“We’ll hold a four-day meeting of experts at OIC headquarters here from Saturday to discuss various aspects of the project in order to present it at the next meeting of OIC information ministers,” said Essam Salim Al-Shanti, director of the media department.
“Our objective is to have a strong and effective media that can address the needs of the Muslim world having different languages with various cultural backgrounds,” he said.
The new channel will present its programs in English, Arabic French. “Its main objective is to project the true picture of Islam and confront the challenge posed by Islamophobia, especially in the West,” Al-Shanti said.
He said the channel would also work for promoting intercultural dialogue in order to bring the Eastern and Western cultures and the North and South closer.
“It will help exchange of knowledge between OIC countries, highlight the issues of Muslim minorities and promote joint Islamic action,” the OIC official said.
Expanding trade and economic cooperation among the 57-member group is another major objective of the proposed channel, which will telecast scientific, technological, health and educational programs.
“The OIC channel will work for realizing the 10-point objectives set by the third emergency Islamic summit held in Makkah in 2005,” Al-Shanti said, adding that it would also cover all OIC events and programs.
The channel project was first proposed by a meeting of OIC information ministers in Gabon last year.
Later, a foreign ministers’ meeting in Djibouti endorsed the project.
The fourth emergency Islamic summit in Makkah and the recent OIC summit in Cairo also wanted to make the channel a reality.


King Salman heads 49th meeting of King Abdulaziz Foundation

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King Salman heads 49th meeting of King Abdulaziz Foundation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman headed the 49th meeting of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (DARAH) adminstrative board at his Yamama Palace on Monday.
The council announced a number of decisions related to the operation of the foundation and its activities, a statement in Saudi media said.
Among them was approving the development of the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Prize for History Studies of the Arabian Peninsula. The development aims to keep pace with the goals the prize was established to achieve and invest in its success.
The council also approved a number of future plans, including establishing a center specialized for the traditional “Ardah” dance in Saudi Arabia.
They also include organizing activities at the Darah quarter to shed light on its national significance, as a center that plays an important role in supporting the scientific research community in the Kingdom.
The council has approved holding various evens at the site throughout the year.
The King Abdulaziz Foundation, founded in 1972 in Riyadh, was established to facilitate the study of the history of Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Arab and Islamic world.