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Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey start TV channel tackling Islamophobia

Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad (pictured), together with Pakistani PM Imran Khan and Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has decided to jointly start an English language TV channel dedicated to confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobia.

In a tweet, Pakistani PM Khan said that series and films would be produced on Muslim history to educate and inform people all round the world. With a dedicated media presence given to Muslims, he said “misperceptions which bring people together against Muslims would be corrected, and the issue of blasphemy would be properly contextualised”. The tweet, which has garnered 19.9 retweets and 65.7 likes in less than a day, also said the move would help “set the record straight” on the religion of Islam.

The agreement was reached amongst the three political leaders at the the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia.

This comes as PM Mahathir and Khan also made the decision to set up a joint committee in an effort to pinpoint trade and investment opportunities in the two countries. Malaysian economic affairs minister Mohamed Azmin said his ministry would take immediate action to spearhead the initiative.

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