OIC chief: Freedom of speech doesn’t mean insulting Islam

Updated 23 December 2015

OIC chief: Freedom of speech doesn’t mean insulting Islam

JEDDAH: Iyad Madani, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has said that freedom of the press and expression is an important issue as it expresses the heartbeat of citizens and their concerns.
"But such freedom of expression as a way to offend religions and their symbols, is totally unacceptable," he asserted.
Madani was speaking during the final session of the "Media Forum on the African Continent" held by the Moroccan Ministry of Communication and the OIC over a span of three days in Marrakesh.
"Interpreting the term 'freedom of expression' should not be translated as a human right if it evokes hatred on the grounds of religion, color or race. The Islamic states all over the world will not accept any compromise on its Islamic values," said Madani.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.