Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to launch an English news channel that will be of BBC’s stature.
Taking to Twitter, Khan said that Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia had decided to set up a channel to highlight Muslim issues worldwide and counter Islamophobia when he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Bin Mohamad, last week.
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
He said the news channel will be ‘BBC type English language TV channel’ and will be launched soon.
Khan first broke the news on Thursday, following a meeting of the three Muslim leaders on the sidelines of recent UN General Assembly session in New York.
President Erdogan, PM Mahatir and myself had a meeting today in which we decided our 3 countries would jointly start an English language channel dedicated to confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobia and setting the record straight on our great religion – Islam.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 25, 2019
Imran Khan said that the idea behind starting a TV channel is to correct the misperceptions against Islam which brings people together against Muslims.
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.
PM Khan openly raised the issue in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session on Friday.
There, he said that post 9/11, terrorism was wrongly attributed with Islam, and the terms like ‘Islamic Terrorism’ and ‘Islami Radicals’ were created. He highlighted that Islam is a religion of peace, and it discourages violence, terrorism, and oppression.