In Turkey, caretaker Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, has addressed the opening session of the Islamic News Agencies Congress.
In Turkey, caretaker Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, has addressed the opening session of the Islamic News Agencies Congress. In his speech -- on Saturday (20 October) -- Mr. Ecevit told representatives from twenty Islamic national news agencies that he hoped the Congress would bring about better communication and co-operation between the Islamic media.
SYNOPSIS: The venue of the week-long Congress was Istanbul Technical University. Hundreds of journalists had gathered to hear Mr. Ecevit, fresh from his election reversal, give his opening address. The theme of his speech was the need for a greater flow of news and comment between Islamic countries. Too often, he said, Islamic countries received distorted information about each other from non-Islamic sources.
Mr. Ecevit said that the increasing economic and cultural solidarity between Islamic countries as "an important phenomenon of the age". He hoped that the Congress would launch similar co-operation in the exchange of news in order to present a more accurate picture of Islamic affairs to the rest of the world.
Mr. Ecevit highlighted the Palestinian cause, saying this was one issue on which the public should be better informed. Recent signs, he said, had indicated that international sympathy for the Palestinian cause had grown as people had become better informed about the underlying issues, and greater co-operation between news agencies would also ensure greater understanding of Islamic affairs.