OIC’s TV channel to be launched in 2014

Updated 24 February 2013

OIC’s TV channel to be launched in 2014

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s projected TV channel will be launched during the first quarter of 2014, according to Esam Al-Shanti, the organization’s Information Administration’s director, who first proposed the idea. The channel will be broadcast via satellite and in three languages initially — Arabic, English and French. If required, other languages will be added later if needed.
The channel’s headquarters will be either in Cairo, Dubai or Lebanon. These sites are under consideration because of their experience with media and satellite channels and a workforce and infrastructure necessary to launch a new channel. The channel will have offices all over the world but especially in Africa and Asia, Al-Shatti said, commending the organization’s Secretary General Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu “unlimited support” for the channel.
“In fact, the channel is one of the achievements that was accomplished under his tenure,” he said, adding that financing for the channel would come from the private sector in Islamic countries. He said that the OIC would make no financial contribution, adding that the organization will not allow any politicization of the channel as per the organization’s Charter.
“We are optimistic about the channel’s success,” he said.


Saudi Arabia permits Eid Al-Adha prayers with coronavirus measures

Updated 53 min 39 sec ago

Saudi Arabia permits Eid Al-Adha prayers with coronavirus measures

  • Prayers will only take place in certain mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would permit worshippers to perform Eid Al-Adha prayers at mosques.
The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, directed the ministry’s branches in the regions throughout the Kingdom to provide for this year’s Eid Al-Adha prayers.
Prayers will only take place in certain mosques and ensuring they use the government’s preventative measures, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry said it has intensified its awareness and guidance campaign to adopt preventive protocols to combat the spread of the coronavirus through the participation of a group of advocates and scholars, in addition to publishing what was recommended by the medical committees concerned with combating the epidemic.