ISLAMABAD: An international conference on propaganda of hatred and bias in media will kick off in the Saudi city of Jeddah on November 26, the Muslim World League (MWL) said on Sunday, with a particular focus on the Palestine issue.
The event is co-organized by the assistant secretariat for corporate communication in MWL, a group headquartered in Makkah to promote true Islam and its tolerant values, and the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA).
The forum will be inaugurated and attended by MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha, and the General Supervisor of Official Media in the State of Palestine, Ahmed Assaf.
It will also include the participation of major Islamic and international news agencies, prominent religious, intellectual, legal, and human rights figures as well as leaders of international organizations.
“The forum will discuss several topics, focusing on themes relevant to current issues such as ‘Bias and Misrepresentation in International Media: The Palestinian Issue as a Model’,” the MWL said in a statement.
The development comes amid continuous Israeli bombardment of Gaza, which began after Oct 7 surprise attacks by Hamas. The Israeli operation in the enclave has so far killed at least 13,000 Palestinians, including at least 5,500 children, according to Gaza health authorities.
The event is aimed at identifying shortcomings in media treatment of international issues, particularly those of a religious nature, and highlighting the negative impact of incitement and bias in media discourse on human societies.
“The forum seeks to formulate a joint international alliance against the dangers of misrepresentation, bias, and the spread of hatred in media discourse,” the statement read.
The conference will be covered by all Arab and Islamic news agencies and several international institutions across various media channels. It is being considered a prominent media solidarity initiative addressing urgent international contexts.