Velayat TV CEO: Leader’s Letter Raises Awareness about Western Misinformation Campaigns
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – CEO of Velayat TV in the US said the Western media are attempting to portray a wrong image of Islam and Muslims, stressing that the letter of Iran’s Supreme Leader to the youth in the West came at just the right time to promote awareness about misinformation campaigns.
“I have read that letter and I believe that the points he (the Supreme Leader) has mentioned in the letter are mainly because of media bombardment and anti-Islam propaganda in the West as they are attempting to portray Islam as a religion of fight and violence,” Sayyed Zaheer ul Hassan Naqvi told the Tasnim News Agency on the sidelines of the 8th General Assembly of Islamic Radios and TVs Union (IRTVU) in Tehran.
He added, “I believe that the younger generation is confused. They do not know what they should believe in and what not. Whatever they see through the Western media, they think that is the Islamic ideology.”
Naqvi went on to say that the Supreme Leader emphasized in his open letter that if you want to get acquainted with Islam, then do this using the primary sources, including the Holy Quran.
“Because if you do not learn about Islam through the primary sources, then there is going to be a wrong interpretation of Islam in your mind, which is of course not true,” he said.
The CEO of Veleyat TV further regretted that large groups of young people in the West do not know about the existence of such a letter as it was not propagated properly.
“I would like to make a request that if you really want to see the outcome of the letter, use the local people. For example, if you want to give the message out to the universities, there are Muslim students. Talk to them, give it to them, and tell them to organize seminars and debate sessions about it.”
Asked about ways to stop western misinformation campaigns, he said, “I believe Muslims are doing good enough to counter the misinformation campaigns active in the West. The problem is that (Muslims’) resources in the West are not very strong and are limited. The other problem is that Islamic governments in the Middle East have focused more on Arabic and Persian languages and less on English. We have to spread the message of Islam through English. English-speaking people make up a larger percentage of the world population. Western media are showing Daesh (or ISIL), al-Qaeda, and Taliban terrorist groups as Muslims. We cannot counter them properly because we have limited resources.”
The 8th General Assembly of Islamic Radios and TVs Union (IRTVU) was opened on August 16 in a special ceremony held at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) International Conference Hall in Tehran.
Held with the motto of “The Prophet of Mercy; The Mission of Resistance Media”, the summit was attended by 220 TV and radio channels from 35 countries of the world.
It concluded in a ceremony on Tuesday.
A Media Technology Exhibition was also mounted on the sidelines of the General Assembly.