MAPIM: Islamic Media Need to Establish a Common Goal

Jakarta, 18 Sha’ban 1437/ 25 Mei 2016 (MINA) – The President of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization (MAPIM) Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said that there is a need for Islamic Media to define a common goal.

The establishment of truth and justice must be the cardinal goal both as an approach and also as a tool, he added.

“It is on this basis that Islamic media must co exist which should transcend the goal of profiteering through media investment,” he said at the International Conference of Islamic Media (ICIM), Tuesday (25/5) at Adhiyana Auditorium, Jakarta.

He explained, the goal should become the framework for the Islamic media collaboration in making it a media network with a purpose. The ultimate purpose is relaying the truth and establishing justice.

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“Establishing a common goal to build a coorperation between Islamic Media starts with the acceptance of the nubuwwah (Prophetic) mission of which all purpose must converge to a single unifying purpose of creating a just society and a society with a sense of submission to the Creator”,  he added.

Azmi said that the media is faced with the criss crossing of breaking news. Any media should  commands the ability to be on the spot of events , gets the advantage. But an Islamic media is not just about getting news scoop but more about how news are presented and analyzed .

“The current media tendency is to infer and insinuate news especially those that carry the subject on Islam and the Muslims. Cross examining through exchange of reports is vital if Islamic media are to serve the ummah through an enlightening report and not creating confusion,”

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He noted, Islamic media will be competing for readers and viewers . While extensiveness of readership and viewship is a measure of popularity of a media, nevertheless the main concern for an Islamic media alliance is how far it will strengthen the mission for potraying the truth.

The two days conference kicked off with a welcome address by Imaamul Muslimin Yakhsyallah Mansur and opening remarks by the Deputy of Indonesian Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir , Quran’s recitation by Imam Sulaiman. The organisers have also invited the editor in chief of news agencies and media organizations from 50 countries.

The conference will present some international speakers, among them are Imaam Shamsi Ali (Founder of 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).

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Also present  in the conference some officials, scholars, community leaders and activists. (T/P008/R07)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)