Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – Acting Saudi Minister of Media Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Islamic Broadcasting Union (IBU), chaired Tuesday the virtual meetings of the IBU Executive Council and the General Assembly.
The meetings, held in the presence of Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, aim to discuss ways to support the Union and improve its activities in light of the current global and health challenges, as well as to discuss the vision of the new IBU Director-General of the federation.
The meetings also explored the future development plan to advance the work and activities of the Union, especially amid the great challenges facing the Islamic media in light of the spread of extremism and terrorism, the acceleration of events and the multiplicity of modern media.
Al-Qasabi stressed, during the two meetings, that the coronavirus imposed on our countries and institutions an unprecedented challenge and test in the face of this pandemic, which required redoubling efforts, in coordination with officials in the health sectors in our countries, in order to deliver awareness messages about the dangers of the virus, ways to prevent it, and the importance of getting the necessary vaccinations.
For his part, the OIC Secretary-General addressed the General Assembly, saying: “The meeting comes as a link in the chain of institutional reform of the Islamic Broadcasting Union, especially after the selection of a new Director-General of the Union and the commencement of his work.”
Al-Othaimeen expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for hosting and supporting the Islamic Broadcasting Union.
The OIC chief added that the exploitation of media outlets to promote extremism and terrorism has imposed challenges and responsibilities to stand and work on implementing media projects that keep pace with these challenges, and to prepare a media discourse to disseminate the values of moderation and refute the allegations of extremists.