Freedom of speech doesn’t mean insulting Islam, says OIC chief

JEDDAH: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Madani has said that freedom of the press and expression is an important issue as it expresses the heartbeat of citizens and their concerns.

“But such freedom of expression as a way to offend religions and their symbols, is totally unacceptable,” he said.

He gave these views speaking during the final session of the “Media Forum on the African Continent” held by the Moroccan Ministry of Communication and the OIC over a span of three days in Marrakesh.

“Interpreting the term ‘freedom of expression’ should not be translated as a human right if it evokes hatred on the grounds of religion, color or race. The Islamic states all over the world will not accept any compromise on its Islamic values,” he said.

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