Indonesian Foreign Ministry Supports International Conference Of Islamic Media

Jakarta, 26 Rajab 1437/4 May 2016 (MINA) – Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General of Information and Public Diplomacy expressed  its full support for the International Conference of Islamic Media (ICIM) 2016  to be held in Jakarta on the upcoming 25-26 May.

The conference will take Palestine issue on the stage, especially enhancing Islamic medias in creating a balance report on Palestinian suffers regarding endless conflict and discrimantion by Israeli colonization.

“This commitment also a part of Indonesia’s efforts to strengthen relations with media in support of the Palestinian struggle to achieve independence,” Esti Andayani the Director General of Information  and Public Diplomacy of the ministry said in a meeting with the conference committee in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Esti ensures the ministry will assist the committee in terms of the sustainability of the event, such as helping matters relating to protocols with foreign countries invited, adding networks with potential participants, and support the continuity of the event due in accordance with the government’s commitment that has been repeatedly expressed globally.

The conference is organized in cooperation Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) with ANTARA news agency, Silaturahim Network, Republika newspaper, Al-Fatah Islamic Boarding School, Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C), and the Aqsa Working Group (AWG).

Meanwhile, MINA’s Chief Editor Ismet Rauf said the conference aims at  return the world interest for the only colonized country in the world to get its independence.

In accordance with the constitutional mandate of Indonesia, the conference’s purpose  also as part of continuation of  the OIC countries’ support recently  ratified in a summit  in Jakarta on this matter.

He also said it is a part of persuasive efforts  for Islamic media to create stories by Islamic principles as  reflection of Islam rahmatan lil’alamin.

Ismet said that the committee has invited the President Joko Widodo  for  opening remarks in the conference which will be held on 25-26 May 2016 at Wisma Antara (Auditorium Adhiyana) Central Jakarta. The committee has also invited the editor in chief of news agencies and media organizations from 50 countries.

The conference  will be presented by some international speakers, among them Imaam Shamsi Ali (Founder Nusantara Foundation; USA), Dr. Daud Abdullah (Director of Middle East Monitor; UK), Sheikh Ahmad Shoyyan (Editor in Chief of Al-Bayan magazine; Saudi Arabia), and Ahmad Ashaaf (chief editor of the Palestinian News Agency WAFA; Palestine).

The conference will also be attended  officials, scholars, community leaders and activists.(L/R04/R03)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)