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Final Communiqué: The International Conference on the Role of Media in Combating Terrorism Applauds at the conclusion of its works today the efforts of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Confronting Extremism and Terrorism
Asyut , Arab Republic of Egypt
25 Jumadah Al-Ola 1437H corresponding to 5 March 3016 (WAS- SNA)
The International Conference on" the Role of Media in Combating Terrorism " has applauded the sincere and rapid efforts made by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of Two Holy Massjids King Salman Ibn Abdul Aziz , for confronting the forces of extremism and terrorism with a view to protecting the integrity of the Arab and Muslim Ummah.
The said three-day Conference, organized at Asyut University , Arab Republic of Egypt, has concluded its works today, under the chairmanship of H. E. Dr. Abdullah Ibn Abdulmohsin Alturki , Secretary General of the Muslim World League and President of the League of Islamic University and recommended the development of an Islamic media strategy for the combat of terrorism , in addition to providing technical sources and required manpower in a manner that secures an effective presence in combating a danger, threatening all mankind and working under the mask of Islamic slogans, which has nothing at all to do with Islam.
The Conference has called upon the Muslim World League to the necessity of conducting a Symposium which should be attended by journalists , media personnel, modern technology experts so as to find out the means required to follow up terrorists via internet and digital media. The Conference urged media institutions to promote the noble educational values derived from the true religion as the first step in building the Muslim individual who is capable of confronting terrorism and extremism via the enhancement of media educational programs in the Arab and Muslim countries.
The Conference's recommendations have emphasized the necessity of supporting and maintaining freedom of expression and opinion, provided that it should be responsible and guided by Islamic principles and norms ; and it should seek to encourage building and discourage destruction. The Conference reiterated the significance of implementing media charters of honor which stipulate that ethical and professional criteria must be taken into account when publishing whatever pertains to terrorist operations; and that violations committed by certain mass media and which contribute to the promulgation of phenomena of terrorism , extremism , excessiveness and exclusion , must be limited as far as possible .
The Conference demanded the complementation of the efforts of the various religious, educational, cultural and media institutions in the Muslim World in developing a strategy for fighting terrorism , so that the security solutions – despite their significance – won't be the only effort that spearheads the scene in the confrontation process. The Conference urged mass media to the necessity of enlightening public opinion on this matter and the family to the necessity of playing its anticipated role in protecting the younger generation from being dragged into the claws of extremism , violence and of terrorism.
The Conference has drawn the attention of people to the fact that it is essential for mass media to arrange for experts to discuss, wisely, judiciously and minutely the concepts of terrorist groups, expose their danger, refute their arguments via employment of traditional and new media matrixes. The media is also urged to concentrate on media messages directed to the west regarding the distinction between creativity and freedom of expression that must be respected as well as defended and the responsibility of the western journalist for the necessity of venerating religions and creeds of others. The media is requested not to unjustly link Islam to terrorism, together with confirming that terrorism has no religion ; and implement the recommendations adopted by international conferences on media tacking of religious symbols.
The Conference's recommendations underlined the significance of non-giving opportunities at mass media forums to non- specialists in media and Islamic knowledge claimers , who distort the beautiful and genuine image of Islam, create sedition (Fitnah) , fanaticism and hatred. The Conference requested that the role of mass media in Muslim countries made be activated in the efforts made for the support of Muslim communities outside the Muslim world so that they discharge their function in elucidating the realities of Islam , defending it and in introducing its principles.
The Conference appealed to those concerned to qualify and train media personnel who are capable of competition at media departments and colleges at the Islamic universities; and provide them with the media ethics method, ethics of dialogue with other in the light of the principles of Islam. It also highlighted the necessity of cooperation among the different institutions in the Muslim world to adopt procedures that limit the phenomenon of electronic terrorism, which is considered one of the most significant tools employed by terrorist group in the dissemination of their thoughts.
At the last portion of the recommendation, the Conferences applauds the efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in fighting terrorism via holding various conferences , conducting academic research papers and preparing useful programs in the different parts of the world.
H. E. Dr. Abdullah Ibn Abdulmohsin Alturki , Secretary General of the Muslim World League expressed in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency his hope the Muslim Ummah will unite and agree so as to reject all sorts of excessiveness, extremism and militancy in religion and which lead to the spread of violence and terrorism. HIS Excellency also demanded mass media in the Muslim countries to adopt genuine professional criteria to project the tolerance of the Islamic religion and call for peace and cooperation in order to inhabit the earth , away from all features of violence, killing and exclusion.