Culture and Information
Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja addresses the General Assembly of Islamic
Broadcasting Union in Jeddah December 22, 2010.
Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the 57-member
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), December 22
emphasized the need for a strong media to confront the smear
campaign against Islam and Muslims.
“There is big negligence from the part of Islamic media
organizations in keeping with the fast developments in the media
world,” Arab News Jeddah correspondent quoted Ihsanoglu as
Ihsanoglu was addressing the General
Assembly of the Islamic Broadcasting Union (IBU), an affiliate of
OIC, in Jeddah December 22.
Ihsanoglu said the extraordinary OIC summit that was held in
Makkah in 2005 at the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Abdullah had called for strengthening OIC media
agencies such IBU and the International Islamic News Agency (IINA).
Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja, who presided
over the meeting, emphasized the need to strengthen IBU in order
to realize the hopes and aspirations of the Muslim world.
The Saudi minister called for greater cooperation between OIC
countries in producing world-class radio and television programs.
“We should also highlight the
developments taking place in our countries in a professional
manner,” he said.
Khoja spoke about King Abdullah’s
interfaith dialogue initiative that has won the applause of world
“It is the duty of IBU to highlight
such important initiatives to inform the world that the Islamic
World works for global peace and stability,” he said.
The meeting, which was held at OIC headquarters in Jeddah,
approved the appointment of Malaysia’s Zain Al-Abidine Ibrahim as
the new secretary-general of the union.
It also endorsed the reports of 2009
and 2010 and reshuffled the union’s Executive Council.