Abu-Ghazaleh calls for a Media Ethics Compact

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Abu-Ghazaleh calls for a Media Ethics Compact

Amman-en.abouna.org

His Excellency Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh has welcomed in his office Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan.

During the meeting, discussions focused on the latest steps designed to draft a comprehensive “media ethics compact” based on the principles of the Islamic and Christian religions.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh stated the idea follows the model set by His Majesty King Abdullah II who has done more to seek religious harmony within Islam and between Islam and other religions than any other political leader and was consequently presented by the 2018 Templeton Prize.

"Our King is a role model that we all need to emulate. He launched the Amman Message that voiced a clear understanding of the central elements of Islam. He also supported and funded the initiative known as “A Common Word Between Us and You,” which led to a 2007 open letter from Islamic religious leaders to senior Christian religious leaders in addition to others. Today we continue to adopt the same path knowing the importance of media and the new media in our society," he said.

He continued, "We are aware of the influential role played by the media and social media networking. This ‘media ethics compact’ will serve as guidance to all who are using media in their daily lives. The talk about the draft cyber crime law in Jordan between those who are in favor of it and those who are against it--as they view it as constraining freedom of expression-- will be a crucial subject to tackle and I think this compact will be of great help in this regard."

For his part, Fr. Bader expressed optimism that the “media ethics compact” will serve as guidance to everyone, noting that the work accomplished by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Forum on the “Humanity Compact” constitutes an outstanding idea that serves all societies as this aims at effecting the required change for spreading love and peace, instead of hatred and conflict, based on the meeting between Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh with the His Holiness Pope in the Vatican.

Fr. Bader added, "We need people with farsightedness, such as Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh’s, especially in our time at a time when media have been transformed from print to online, where many people are experiencing what is termed as “the citizen journalism” in their daily lives at a time when many are not following the needed rules for credibility," he said.

He pointed out that media plays a key role in our daily lives and it is time to have a shared responsibility towards what is covered whether through news websites or social media networking. He continued that news needs credibility and if people follow the correct principles based on Islam and Christian principles as a guidance tool, media will then be better.”

A committee will be formed comprising experts, media organizations, and journalists in addition to religious leaders. A set of seminars are also planned designed to shed light on this compact.

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 12:31
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