Iraq’s Media and the Challenges of Religious Diversity in Iraq

International Media Support (IMS) National Conference of “Iraq’s Media and the Challenges of Religious Diversity in Iraq” Baghdad at 21 January 2019. IMS supports media in Iraq and many other countries. In this video you can see the representatives of diverse religious groups attending this conference, seeking to find solutions for Iraq’ current crisis and how together to overcome the challenges of the future.

Below is the transcription of the most important speech of keynote speakers in this conference:

International Media Support (IMS)

National Conference of “Iraq’s Media and the Challenges of Religious Diversity in Iraq” in Baghdad at 21 January 2019.

International Conference “ Iraq’s media and the Challenges of Religious Diversity in Iraq

Luqman Faili- Representative of the President of the Republic of Iraq

“An effective media needs support, legislation, law, and culture, these all will support and enhance the work of media.”

Al-Shaikh Satar Jabar Al-Helw- Leader of Sabean Religion in Iraq and the world

“There is lack of understanding about some religions components in Iraq, there has been some gaps and misunderstanding about these religious components in our educational systems”

Nadia Fathel Mukhams- Director General of the Department of Sabean Mandaean Affairs in Iraq

“We know that Sabean Mandean lived in the country of Mesopotamia for thousands of years. They are one of the oldest existing religions in the world”

Saeeb Khidher- Member of Iraqi National Council

“After the eruption of crisis in Basra, we thought about the Sabean people in the Salty Sand of Basra, did the media think about discussing this issue?”

Rwar Koxdal- Norwegian Charge d’affaires

“The key element of democratic society and essential for the realizations of other human rights”

Bishop- Basilius Yelda

“Some religious subjects, some faulty and inaccurate expressions taught at basic and secondary education negatively harms the rights of other religious components in society. The media should be invited to focus on these issues”

Saad Saloom- General Coordinator of Masarat Foundation

“Media is responsible for spreading hate speech and the business of hatred. We have a political, religious and even social elite people who benefit from hate speech and they are contractors of business of hatred.”

Osama Al Habebe- Iraq Program Manager (IMS)

“We’ve tackled significant pressing questions in this conference, this is a project and we need to know how we can contribute to counter this new type of war, and how we can protect and promote a culture of increasing  participations, and exchange of mutual respect in Iraq.”

Mujaheed Abu Al Hel- Director General of Iraqi Media Network

“Iraqi Media Network holds on and pledges to strictly adhere and commit to all the recommendations made in this conference and it will apply and follow them impartially and more.”

Khalil Al-Tayar- Member of the Board of Trustees of the Information and Communications Authority

“The constitution defends the rights of the religious minorities, it protects and promotes the rights of all these groups and grants them there right to freely express and practice their religious rights and rituals.”

” To ensure adherence to professional standards and ethics of the media and communications. To provide a fair and balanced media coverage. To avoid hate speech and incitement against religious minorities. To encourage the media to host peacemakers and boycott hate speech. To ensure media outreach and to train journalists on diversity issues. The training program should be supported and annual prizes awarded for this type of journalism. To encourage journalists trained in public and private media to produce and write media materials to further strengthen religious diversity.



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