Jordanian religious leader implores media to 'build bridges of tolerance' Filed on September 27, 2021

(Ismail Sebugwaawo)

Father Rifaat Badr said a person's religion shouldn't be used as a yardstick for discrimination

Hatred among religions has been spearheaded by people using social media to advance their personal interests, a religious leader has said at the 'Media Against Hate' conference.

The two-day conference, which was organised by the Muslim Council of Elders, was held in Jordan.

In his presentation on Monday, Father Rifaat Badr, head of the Catholic Centre for Studies and Media in Jordan, said social media platforms are being used to spread libel, hurtful comments, misleading information and hate statements.

“Communication tools can serve as building blocks for bridges of love and not walls of segregation, discrimination and hate,” he said. “Religious beliefs regarding the sacred meaning of human life calls for recognition of the fundamental values of humanity."

He added that the world needs to cooperate to build bridges of love, tolerance and forgiveness.

Badr noted that all human beings are brothers and sisters and that the differences in the ways they worship their God shouldn’t be used as a yardstick for discriminating against others.

He asked the media to devote all their efforts to fight hate speech and discrimination for a peaceful world.

“We are asking people in the media to spread messages of peace, love and tolerance and refrain from promoting hatred and discrimination," he said. “It is important to respect the values of religion and refrain from publishing hate statements and fake news that mislead the society.”


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Badr also praised all members of the media who worked tirelessly to maintain solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We must continue to focus our efforts towards hosting conferences and seminars that promote ethical media practices and the promotion of peace in the media," he said.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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