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World Press Freedom Day: ISESCO Calls for Promoting Self-censorship Culture & Professional Responsibility

Rabat  -  
On the World Press Freedom Day (May 3), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has called for promoting self-censorship culture and professional responsibility in media practice.
World Press Freedom Day: ISESCO Calls for Promoting Self-censorship Culture & Professional Responsibility
02 May 2018

On this occasion, ISESCO issued a statement stressing that the large-scale unchecked spread of new media technologies has led to its misuse and violation of people’s privacy and rights on the pretext of the freedom of opinion and expression irrespective of the legal and ethical rules of international instruments on human rights and media regulating the freedom of opinion and expression.

In the same vein, ISESCO called upon media professionals to exercise self-censorship to avoid aspects of privacy violation such as defamation, offense, insulting, and incitement to violence, hatred and racial discrimination.

Besides, ISESCO’s statement highlighted that although new media technologies facilitate communication and transfer of information and knowledge, and lead to the exercise of the right of expression and opinion, they still entail many threats such as security threat, violation of public order, and several deviations, which mainly consist in what is termed as cybercrime.

Moreover, ISESCO recommended the relevant parties in Member States to pursue their efforts to develop institutional and legislative mechanisms likely to counter breaches arising from the new media misuse without prejudice to their local and international commitments pertaining to ensuring the freedom of expression and the right of access to information.

ISESCO stated that it has paid attention, in its media and communication action plans, to the activities that aim to rationalize the use  of various information and communication technologies (ICTs) by encouraging more effective access to these technologies; contributing to building a useful digital culture; circulating information and disseminating knowledge for development purposes while taking into consideration youth protection against legal and ethical deviations arising from the irresponsible use of these technologies, particularly with regard to promoting the culture of violence, zealotry and violent extremism.

In addition, ISESCO stressed that many Western media outlets have long conveyed stereotypes about Islam and Muslims on the pretext of practicing press freedom in a stark contradiction with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and related international conventions and decelerations pertaining to respect for cultural diversity, promotion of dialogue among civilizations and prevention of the defamation of religions.

In conclusion, ISESCO also called on the International Press Federation and the United Nations Human Rights Council to work more effectively to raise awareness among journalists and media professionals on the necessity of respecting religious symbols, and abstaining from defamation of religions, and stoking the flames of hatred and racism, as all these acts provoke the sentiments of the followers of all religions and are a blatant violation of the international media law and the internationally recognized professional ethics. 

Last modified : 02 May 2018

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