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 Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

  • Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

DUBAI: Four more repatriation flights arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to bring back stranded citizens from coronavirus hotspots, state news agency SPA reported.
Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while another two landed in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, bringing Saudi nationals from New York and Beirut.
All precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus spread were taken to ensure the safety of passengers, who would also be in isolation for 14 days.