Jeddah Charter for Media Responsibility Combats Vice, Counters Hate Speech

International media solidarity stand against bias and misrepresentation regarding the Palestinian Cause (Asharq Al-Awsat)
International media solidarity stand against bias and misrepresentation regarding the Palestinian Cause (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Jeddah Charter for Media Responsibility Combats Vice, Counters Hate Speech

International media solidarity stand against bias and misrepresentation regarding the Palestinian Cause (Asharq Al-Awsat)
International media solidarity stand against bias and misrepresentation regarding the Palestinian Cause (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The international forum themed “The Role of Media in Inciting Hatred and Violence – Risks of Misinformation and Bias,” has concluded in Jeddah, issuing the “Charter of Media Responsibility.”

The forum recommended the establishment of a unified international law to regulate media ethics. Additionally, the forum endorsed standards for responsible media practice and advocated for national and international laws to deter all forms of hatred.

The forum also pledged national and international support for enhancing the media message, raising awareness of various concepts and implications, using media as a soft power to serve humanitarian causes, resolve conflicts, and strengthen civilisational alliances among nations and peoples in countering hatred.

In a session on the role of religious institutions and leaders in combating hate speech and violence in media platforms, Father Nabil Haddad, the founder and director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC), discussed an initiative he presented to Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat about the details of the initiative, Haddad stressed the duty to exert positive influence, drawing a parallel with humanity uniting against the coronavirus pandemic.

He urged a unified effort to confront the virus of hatred, asserting that in this era, the world needs peacebuilders.

The initiative he proposed calls for an alliance between Christians and Muslims to reject hatred.

Arab and Islamic history is rich with examples of harmony and concord, which should serve as a model for others, stressed Haddad.

Haddad clarified that the Christian-Islamic Alliance program, outlined in his proposal, calls for celebrating affection, incorporating discourse marked by wisdom and virtuous admonition.

He emphasized the need to collaborate by organizing seminars, conferences, and dialogues.

The goal is to bring together media professionals and religious leaders to support a media discourse centered on affection.



Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia stressed on Sunday that it treated several cases of heat stress during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. Some pilgrims are still receiving care.

A total of 1,301 fatalities from heat stress were reported, with 83 percent of the cases being among pilgrims without permits, announced Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel in televised remarks.

The unauthorized pilgrims walked long distances under the scorching sun, without shelter or comfort, and many among them were elderly and suffering from chronic illnesses, he explained.

Over 1.8 million pilgrims performed the Hajj with complete ease and safety, amid an integrated advanced system of services, he added.

Al-Jalajel highlighted the strenuous efforts carried out by the concerned authorities to ensure that the pilgrims, regardless of their race or nationality, have a smooth journey, which led to the success of the pilgrimage in spite the massive numbers that were present and the various challenges posed by the souring temperatures.

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures, he went on to say.

All relatives of the deceased have been contacted and the deceased have been identified – a process which took some time because they did not carry the necessary identification, the minister remarked. They have been buried in the holy city of Makkah and their death certificates have been issued.

Moreover, Al-Jalajel said no diseases or epidemics were reported at the Hajj. The health system provided over 465,000 specialized treatment services, including 141,000 to individuals who did not obtain official authorization to perform the Hajj, he revealed, stressing that the leadership prioritizes human health above all else.

The services offered included open-heart surgeries, cardiac catheterization, dialysis, and emergency care.