ICIM Agrees the Jakarta Declaration for Islamic Media Unity

Jakarta, 18 Sha’ban 1437/26 May 2016 (MINA) – The International Conference of Islamic Media (ICIM) in Jakarta, Thursday (26/05) wrapped up its activities by issuing the Jakarta Declaration for Islamic Media Unity.

“It is merely carrying out orders of Allaah to protect and defend the interests of Islam and Muslims, especially the liberation of Palestine and Al-Quds,” the statement said, read out by Dr Cikgu Azmi Abdul Hamid, one of members of the Declaration Drafting Team.

Cikgu Azmi said the declaration was announced to fight for justice and peace on earth and the liberation of people  from oppression, injustice and occupation of mankind.

Some participants of the International Conference of Islamic Media which consists, Chief Editors of Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA), ANTARA news agency, WAFA Palestine News Agency (Wakalah al-Anba al-Filistiniyyah), the Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency (AA ), and others, have also agreed to strive for the realization of the unity of the international Islamic media based on the principles of the Islamic brotherhood.

“International Islamic Media should unite to build a significant force to offset the dominance of Western media, the Zionist media, or any media that is waging war by making an adverse opinion of Islam and Muslims,” said Cikgu Azmi, citing the establishment of the International Muslim Media Alliance (IMMA).

The statement added that the international Islamic media to be proactive in defending the interests of Islam, Muslims and humanity to the level of readiness and high reliability to fend off any attacks against the interests of Islam and Muslims.

Participants of the conference agreed to shed light of the issues of Palestine and Al Quds As-Sharief as the main priority news (headlines).

The chief editors of the International Islamic Media also asked to actively build networks of cooperation among Islamic media in their respective countries in various fields for the defense of the interests of Islam and Muslims.

“Each of us also is scheduled to mutually quote news supplied  under news exchange program and news free of charge, to develop human resource competencies Muslim journalists through training and exchange of journalists,” he said.

The statement said they agreed on the need for promoting and diseminating news covered in the holy cities in Palestine, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as an assistance for the smooth delivery of prospective students to study in Palestine. Such activities can be facilitated at the invitation of the Palestinian News Agency WAFA through the Palestinian Embassy in Jakarta.(L/P008/R07)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)