OIC plans to revive Islamic news agency

To dispel the constant negative image painted by some parties and to give a better view of Islam, OIC plans to revive the International Islamic News Agency and Malaysia is expected to play a key role in its restructuring.

OIC plans to revive Islamic news agency
To dispel the constant negative image painted by some parties and to give a better view of Islam, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) plans to revive the International Islamic News Agency and Malaysia is expected to play a key role in its restructuring.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the time was right to revive the Jeddah-based agency to disseminate information regarding Muslims to counter the Islamophobia that is gripping the world.

"News from the Islamic world is not reported in the mainstream media, only sensational news is reported. Even if it is reported, it is somewhere in the corner (of the paper), not a main news," Syed Hamid, who is attending the 34th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) in the Pakistani capital, told Bernama Wednesday.

The International Islamic News Agency, or IINA in short, is an organ of the OIC established in 1972 to highlight news from the Muslim society in major languages like Arabic, English and French.

However, the agency had not been able to penetrate the non-Muslim media to promote its views on Islamic affairs.

Syed Hamid said the OIC had requested Malaysia to provide a senior staff for the post of director-general to manage and re-strategise IINA, which can act as independent publicity department.

"The information put on the OIC website does not get disseminated properly and we need to properly restructure it (IINA) to make it more effective," he added.

Meanwhile, IINA director Abdul Wahab Kashif told Bernama that the agency found it hard to promote information to the western world due to lack of interest about Islamic affairs among non-Muslims.
Last Mod: 17 Mayıs 2007, 13:27
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