A New Delhi based journalist during an International Islamic
Media Conference inaugurated in Jakarta December 12 said that
there was no reason why Muslims should not have a strong media.
“We have material and human resources as well as freedom of
expression. There is no excuse for Muslims hence for not having a
strong media", Arab News quoted Ejaz Ahmed Aslam, editor of New Delhi based
Radiance Views weekly, as saying on the sidelines of the three day media
While calling upon Muslims to set up
powerful media organizations by providing necessary training to
young men and women and making use of modern information
technology, Aslam stressed the need for establishing satellite
television channels that have greater impact in creating public
The conference inaugurated by
Indonesian Vice President Boediono will focus on five core topics:
Contemporary Media: Components and Impact; Collaboration and
Networking of Media in the Muslim World; Islamic Media Discourse;
Media and Dialogue; and Proposals to Boost Muslim Media.
The Indonesian VP while opening the
conference emphasized the importance of a strong and free media to
boost social, educational, economic and political development of
“We are going to have an open government system,” he said while
highlighting the increasing influence of social media networks.
“Indonesia has the second largest number of Facebook and Twitter
users,” he claimed and cautioned the public against social media’s
More than 500 delegates from
different parts of the Islamic world are attending the conference,
which is jointly organized by the Muslim World League and the
Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs.