The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Counselor Muhammad Abd al-Salam, called for the formulation of a global media code of conduct to spread the values of coexistence and human fraternity; similar to the blog launched by the Council in 2020 for human fraternity targeting media professionals and Arab media outlets.
This came during his meeting with the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimo Ndereto, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where various issues related to the role of religious leaders in combating digital extremism on social media were discussed.
During the meeting, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide at the United Nations stressed the importance of the role that religious leaders can play in combating hate speech, noting her aspiration to cooperate with the Muslim Council of Elders in spreading the values of dialogue, coexistence and peace on a global level, and coordinating with companies based on social networking sites in order to combat hate speech online.
The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders said that the Council has many initiatives aimed at combating extremism, fanaticism and discrimination, such as the East-West Dialogue Initiative to promote dialogue and mutual understanding, and the Human Fraternity Document.
Counselor Abdel Salam underlined the importance of coordinating efforts and taking effective steps to combat hate speech, Islamophobia and dynophobia, stressing that social media in our world today can play a major role in combating hate speech.