- Pakistan, Turkey, and Malaysia to launch new Islamic TV channel
- Channel will feature film and TV aimed at tackling “Muslim issues” and Islamophobia
- English language channel will be “modelled on BBC” according to Pakistan PM
An international Islamic TV channel to be launched as a joint venture by Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia will be modelled on the BBC and will aim to fight Islamophobia.
That is according to Pakistan PM Imran Khan, who met with the leaders of Turkey and Malaysia at the recent UN General Assembly to announce the new channel.
Khan shared a picture of his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, which took place on the sidelines of the UN summit, on Twitter, saying the project would be to “set up a BBC type English language TV Channel”.
The channel, which will broadcast in English, will produce series and films aimed at highlighting “Muslim issues” and fighting Islamophobia, Khan said.
Our meeting in which we decided to set up a BBC type English language TV Channel that, apart from highlighting Muslim issues, will also fight Islamophobia. pic.twitter.com/GA6o15oJFH— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 30, 2019
“Misperceptions which bring people together against Islam would be corrected; the issue of blasphemy would be properly contextualized; series and films would be produced on Muslim history to educate/inform our own people & the world; Muslims would be given a dedicated media presence,” he went on to say.
The announcement of the new service comes after Khan attended a high-level roundtable discussion on ‘Countering Hate Speech’ which was co-hosted by Pakistan and Turkey.
According to several media reports, Khan used the address to call for effective measures to counter hate speech and Islamophobia, asserting that there was a need to address both the causes and consequences of these phenomena.
It is not yet clear how the channel will be distributed or when it will be launched.
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