By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Rabat – The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) called on the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to urge newspapers’ editors and publishers to respect Islamic religious symbols and to put an end to their desecration.
In this regard, the ISESCO underlined that castigating Islamic religious symbols is liable to trigger uproar among Muslims all over the world. Besides the fact that it goes against the international media law, media ethics, the UN Resolution 65/224 on combating defamation of religions and the international declarations and agreements which call for respecting human rights, individual and group freedoms, human dignity and consolidating the values of tolerance and coexistence.
It is noteworthy that the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on combating defamation of religions deplores “The use of the print, audio-visual and electronic media, including the Internet, and any other means to incite acts of violence, xenophobia or related intolerance and discrimination towards any religion, as well as targeting of religious symbols and venerated persons.”
The ISESCO called also on the federations of regional and local journalists in the Islamic world to enforce the 9th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers resolution (Libreville, 2012) stipulating the establishment of the OIC (the Organization of Islamic Conference) Journalists’ Forum.
In addition, the ISESCO called upon journalists in Muslim countries to boost coordination with Human Rights Watch, and Reporters without Borders, to denounce these provocative actions and to issue a declaration of principles or a binding international agreement that requires media stakeholders to abide by the UN Resolution 65/224.
Equally, the ISESCO underscored the importance of linking freedom of speech with responsibility and avoidance of double standard. Therefore, it called for boosting communication among media institutions and organizations as well as journalists in Member States with their fellows in the West in order to promote respect of cultural diversity and to curb racial discrimination, as well as defamation of religious beliefs and religious symbols.
The ISESCO is an Islamic organization that aims at promoting and the consolidating cooperation opportunities among the members of the OIC (the Organization of Islamic Conference) in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. The ISESCO seeks also to promote tolerance, world peace and security through its various programs.
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