Turkish-Malaysian-Pakistani joint media centre will fight Islamophobia - Erdoğan’s aide

Turkey's presidential communications director said on Friday that a joint television project of Turkey, Malaysia, and Pakistan would be only a part of the planned trilateral media activities to fight against Islamophobia. 

"In fact, we will establish a strong media and communication centre and channel under the umbrella of combating Islamophobia," Fahrettin Altun said in an exclusive interview with state-run Anadolu Agency.

Altun said the proposed centre would also develop videos, documentaries, and video news, would include a call centre and a complaint hot-line, a fund for motion pictures, and would conduct social media campaigns and publish reports and books. “The mentioned initiative will also be located as a monitoring centre with regard to Islamophobia,” he said. 

The planned television channel which will broadcast in English will be based in Istanbul, but offices will also be established in the capitals of other countries, Altun said. 

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

Altun said the preparations for the initiative had already started and a technical working group had gathered in Islamabad. The framework for the planned activities will be completed before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to Pakistan later this month, the president’s top aide said. 

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