Call for More Dialogue

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Dr. Abdul-Aziz Bin Muhiuddin Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information on behalf of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia, has urged broadcasters to adopt and strengthen the principle of dialogue between Muslims and others that will enrich humanity.

He said the world suffers from many conflicts, which calls for a responsible media that disseminates and supports this culture of dialogue.

Dr. Abdul-Aziz Bin Muhiuddin Khoja delivered this message during the inaugural session of the 11th Asia Media Summit on 6 May 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Close to 400 local and foreign participants are attending the two-day conference that focuses on the theme “Diversity and Media: Enriching the Broadcasting Experience.”

In his speech, the Culture and Information Minister said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has supported media development, in particular in strengthening moral principles and values of family.

Another speaker was Dr. Riyadh bin Kamal Najm, President of the General Commission for Audiovisual Media, Saudi Arabia, who said that some people have misused new information and communication technologies that have led to the publication of articles that sow hatred and fanaticism.

He called on media to correct such negative development and promote respect for truth and professionalism.

During the inaugural session, Summit participants watched several video footages from UN officials led by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and AIBD members and partners who expressed their congratulatory messages on the 10th anniversary of the AMS.

Dato Seri Shabery Cheek, Malaysian Minister of Communication and Multimedia, also sent his video message of greetings and invited AIBD members to join the next AMS in Kuala Lumpur in 2015.

Mrs. Dra. Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, President of AIBD General Conference and President Director, Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), Indonesia, delivered the welcome remarks.

In her message, Mrs. Niken said diversity issues are increasingly becoming more important today and in the future. And in dealing with the many facets of diversity, there is no single formula for success.

“There is no one-size-fits-all recipe to manage diversity that can contribute to enhancing the broadcast experience,” she said.

She added that managing diversity is a comprehensive process that requires openness, tolerance, creativity, fairness and dialogue.

“It demands an inclusive approach that welcomes everyone contributing towards achieving   what is best for the organization and its many stakeholders," she said.

In his closing remarks, AIBD Director Yang Binyuan called on all participants, speakers and moderators to actively get engaged in this Summit.

“Let us all be heard and learn from the diversity of experience and expertise to be shared during the two-day conference,” he said.