Abu Dhabi [UAE], November 17 (ANI): The Emirates News Agency (WAM) has introduced the ‘Tolerance Charter for News Agencies and Media Outlets’ at the Global Media Congress. WAM reported that it is a document designed to unite media entities around the world in order to promote tolerance, coexistence, intercultural dialogue, and international cooperation.
On the second day, the Global Media Congress (GMC) launched the charter. Representatives of news agencies from around the globe ratified the document to increase the dissemination of news and media content that promotes tolerance and coexistence as core human value.
Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of WAM and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for the Global Media Congress, has called WAM’s launch a “step forward” in driving international efforts to promote peace and human fraternity.
“Aligning with the directives of our wise leadership and the UAE’s efforts to promote tolerance and coexistence, WAM’s launch of the ‘Tolerance Charter for News Agencies and Media Outlets’ is a step forward in driving international efforts in this regard, in promoting peace and human fraternity, and ultimately, building more tolerance communities to ensure stability and boost prosperity worldwide,” WAM quoted Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi as saying.
Mohammed Jalal Al Raysi stated that the UAE had created a unique global model for promoting tolerance, international cooperation and service to humanity. Stressing that “these core values are heart of UAE’s civilisation and development drive,” he stated that it is an approach that guided UAE’s ties with other nations and its efforts to help other nations.
“These core values are at the heart of the UAE’s civilisation and development drive, an approach that guided the country’s relationships with other countries and its efforts to help other nations and communities in adopting tolerance and coexistence as a lifestyle. This is best exemplified in the UAE which is home to people from over 200 nationalities, who live in harmony and enjoy the peace and security our country offers,” WAM quoted Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi as saying.
WAM reported that the Tolerance Charter for the Media was created on the basis these principles and ethical obligations. First, to believe that efforts are made to promote tolerance and accept differences in religions, cultures, languages and opinions are important parts of modern societies and states.
The second is to believe media play a major role in spreading tolerance among viewers. As per the WAM report, the third is to believe that the theme of tolerance deserves constant follow-up to ensure the peaceful coexistence of various identities, faiths, ideologies and viewpoints within and beyond the border of respective nations, considering it as a “precondition for sustainable development, building harmonious futures and developing our civilisational potential.”
The fourth principle requires that news stories related to tolerance be shared and published in all formats. This will help to inspire people to live more tolerant lives and create harmonious societies.
The signatories agree that the following are included in the contents that they will try to actively promote on their platforms from their partners’ platforms including stories that demonstrate various manifestations of tolerance and coexistence. Both the government and the private sectors are involved in projects and initiatives that aim to strengthen tolerance.
The WAM report also recommends legislation and policies to promote tolerance and avoid intolerance. Stories that aid in the fight against hatred.
Furthermore, “Highlighting, as a matter of special priority, stories that focus on the role of the youth in building tolerant communities towards a brighter future,” as per the news report. Although the agreement is not binding, it is a declaration that each signatory is willing to make a decision based on their discretion. (ANI)
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