Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan to establish joint media centre to fight Islamophobia

Turkey, Malaysia, and Pakistan are set to establish a joint television project to fight against Islamophobia on the directives of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish presidential aide Fahrettin Altun said.

"Last September, the President, together with the leaders of Malaysia and Pakistan, signed off on the establishment of an Istanbul-based, English-language media and communications centre to confront the challenges posed by Islamophobia," presidential communications director Altun said during his speech at a web panel on Islamophobia.

The three countries’ leaders reached an agreement on the planned BBC-type television channel at a trilateral meeting last September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Altun said.

"The involvement of European governments in similar projects would indeed be a welcome step and send a powerful message of love and solidarity against hate," he said.

The preparations for the initiative have already started and a technical working group gathered in Islamabad as a part of the planned trilateral media activities, according to Erdoğan's aide.