2003 News Story

MWL holds seminar on globalization and the media

The Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) and Asharq Alawsat, the Arabic daily based in London, U.K., are holding a seminar in Jeddah on the impact of globalization on the media. At the opening session today, Dr. Fahd Al-Tayash, Director-General of Saudi Research and Marketing which publishes Asharq Alawsat, stressed the need for Muslims to confront the phenomenon of globalization as well as keeping up with modern technology. MWL Secretary-General Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki spoke of the need for religious and information institutions and government organs to all work together in defense of Islamic values. Minister of Information Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi commented on the difficulty of formulating an accurate definition for the concept of globalization because of the many different viewpoints and the rapid changes in the technology, for example the increasing numbers of digital satellite stations. There is, he said, an urgent need for an integrated Arab media strategy, to keep up with globalization while preserving deep-rooted Islamic values. He went on to point out that the Muslim world has a great history, and the Islamic creed is characterized by moderation and noble values. Islam, which does not tolerate fanaticism, calls for coexistence with others. Dr. Al-Farsi highlighted the positive contribution of Muslims to civilization, and affirmed that Saudi Arabia desires to "open its heart and doors to genuine constructive international cooperation".