Category: Indonesia Written by Syarif Hidayat and edited by Ismet Rauf
Kuala Lumpur, 17 Jumadil Akhir 1435/17 April 2014 (MINA) - An Indonesian based international news service, Mi'raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) and Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, a Malaysia news publishing group, based in Kuala Lumpur agreed to explore cooperation possibilities in the news exchange and exchange of journalistic visit between the two mass media.
This was revealed by MINA Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Syarif Hidayat during a visit to the Head Office of Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, a big Malaysian newspaper and magazine publishing group company in Chan Sow Lin road, Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday afternoon.
Syarif Hidayat, who was accompanied by Sepecial Assistant of MINA General Manager, Ali Farkhan Tsani, in a meeting with Zulkefli Hamzah, Assistant Editor (Malay: Penolong Pengarang) of Utusan Malaysia, proposed the news exchange cooperation and exchange of journalists visit to each other country .
Assistant Editor of Utusan Malaysia, Zulkefli Hamzah who was accompanied by Editorial Manager (Malay: Pengurus Jabatan Pengarang) , S. Agil S. Jaafar, enthusiastically welcomed the possibilities of cooperation in the news exchange and the exchange of journalists visit to each other country.
"We will try to achieve this cooperation to strengthen mutual news coverage of Malaysia and Indonesia," said Zulkefli, who was also accompanied by the other Editorial staffs of Utusan Malaysia consisting of Suffian Abu Bakar , Mohd Saiful Mohd Sahak and Puan Zuarida Mohyin .
According to Zulkefli, in the initial stages, the Utusan Malaysia will prepare its reporters probably from Religion Editorial section for the possibility of a visit to Jakarta and hold a special news feature coverage of the Pondok Pesantren Al-Fatah Group in Indonesia, the Islamic boarding schools that provide most of man power resources for Mi’raj Islamic News Agency.
Fair and objective news on Islamic world
Syarif Hidayat, MINA Deputy Chief Editor said, in addition to the exchange of journalists visit, we also agree to look for the possibility of the exchange of news, especially Islamic news and articles from Utusan Malaysia, while from MINA, the news and articles on the Middle East, especially the news reports on the Palestinian struggle to reach independence and achieve the liberation of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Zionist occupiers Israel.
"We want the mass media in Indonesia and Malaysia to strengthen each other in spreading the objective and fair news reports and information from the Islamic world based on Islam that is rahmatan lil alamin (blessings for the whole universe and its contents)," Syarif explained .
According to him, MINA, which has a network of reporters in the Middle East, especially in Palestine, Egypt, Sudan and Yemen, distribute the news reports directly from the Middle East region to its readers and media partners.
Meanwhile, according to Suffian Abu Bakar, one of Utusan Malaysia editor, his newspaper will Islamic news from Malaysia to MINA and is ready to send its reporters to Jakarta to hold a special coverage of Al-Fatah Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia and receive MINA journalists to hold a joint news coverage in Malaysia.
Both media have their respective comparative advantages to complement each other, MINA with the website address www.mirajnews.com publishes news reports online in three languages (Indonesian, Arabic and English) with journalists in the Middle East region and some provinces in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia, with an online address www.utusan.com.my is the largest and oldest newspaper in Malaysia, supported by approximately 900 personnels, with a circulation of 200 thousand copies spread throughout Malaysia.
According to Suffian Abu Bakar, who deals with the Editorial column, feature articles on Islamic religion got major attention in the media, especially for the Friday overall coverage of Islam.
He added, Utusan Malaysia published daily in addition to print media, also online media, tabloid Kosmo (cosmopolitan), also publishes special media in Arabic Malay (Jawi), themes of social, cultural, religious and current issues of the Malays in Southeast Asia, coordinated by it editor Mohd Kamil Yusuff .
Since its establishment in 1938, the Group has progressed and consolidated itself into a multiple media conglomerate of the 21st century.
Today, the Group's diverse expansion is still synergistic with its traditional core activities. With over ten companies under its wings, the Utusan Group is engaged in four major business concerns namely publishing, printing, advertising and online services.
In a recent poll survey conducted on Malaysian publications by AC Nielson, the Group's two key newspapers, Utusan Malaysia and Mingguan Malaysia, as well as its top four magazines namely Mastika, Mangga, URTV and Wanita, have consistently achieved and maintained the highest circulations and readerships.
Utusan now operates its printing activities from its printing plants situated in Bangi, Prai, Kuala Terengganu and Johor Bharu.
In 1997, the Group made its entry into the world of multimedia with the launched of Utusan Malaysia On-Line, Malaysia's first on-line newspaper in full text and visuals.
More details on history, business activities and corporate information is available at Utusan Group website.
The Mi'raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) is a newly established news agency based in Jakarta that presents news, information on events in the Muslim countries as well as the latest information about Muslim ummah in the world.
MINA was officially launched by House Speaker Marzuki Alie on December 18, 2012 in Jakata, and witnessed by Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman M. Fachir, several ambassadors, community leaders, and the mass media..
Vision: It is continuing prophetic treatise in conveying the message of Islam which is Rahmatan lil 'alamin (blessing for the whole world and its contents) to invite people to worship Allah through the Islamic media information.
MINA Mission includes producing the news reports in an honest, fair and balanced ways as well as distributing accurate information about the Muslim Ummah in particular and world in general; Creating and distributing news reports and articles about building and defending the Islamic image of “Rahmatan lil 'alamin.” and Supporting the struggle for the liberation of Al-Aqsa and the independence of Palestine from the Zionist Israelis occupation through accurate news reporting.
MINA general manager is concurrently Imaamul Muslimin, Muhyiddin Hamidy, who previously sat for more than 30 years at the top level management of ANTARA, The National News Agency of Indonesia as General Secretary. He is also accompanied by some senior journalists from ANTARA as a consultant and editors.
Mi'raj News Agency is an international news organization that broadcasts in three languages (Indonesian, English, Arabic). MINA has provincial bureaus in West Java, Central Java, Lampung, Jambi, North Sumatra, West Kalimantan and East Kalimantan as well as some overseas correspondents, covering: Malaysia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Palestine, Yemen and Japan.
MINA in its news reporting is always trying to constantly update news and information around the clock on national, regional and international levels objectively and accurately.
In the context of Indonesian news reporting, MINA is trying to present news and information about Indonesian development progress and events in Indonesia objectively to the international communities through English and Arabic news services. (T/E01/IR)
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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:27
Category: Palestine Written by Rudi and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Gaza City, 17 Jumadil Akhir 1435/17 April 2014 (MINA) - Newly-appointed United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl on Wednesday described Israel's seven-year siege of the Gaza Strip as the "longest in history."
Speaking at a conference in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, he added that the blockade was being used to collectively punish the Palestinian people.
Krahenbuhl said he would make the Gaza blockade the focal point in his future talks with officials.
He said everybody should focus on the fact that Gaza's people merely wanted their dignity, freedom and humanity, Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
He added that deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian enclave were apparent to everybody.
Krahenbuhl said that in 2000, the UNRWA had offered aid to around 80,000 refugees in the Gaza Strip. He added that the agency now provides aid to some 800,000 refugees in the territory, adding that this amount was increasing year after year.
He said the UNRWA – despite its limited budget – would do its best to reach more poor people in Gaza.
The official added that he would brief Israeli officials on conditions in Gaza, noting that the UNRWA was determined to find a solution to the crisis.
Gaza Strip's roughly 1.8 million inhabitants have groaned under a harsh Israeli blockade since 2007, which continues to deprive them of most essential goods.
Recently, living conditions in the Palestinian enclave deteriorated further after Egypt began destroying the smuggling tunnels linking the coastal enclave to the Sinai Peninsula.
Egypt accuses Hamas, which has governed Gaza since 2007, of involvement in violence and unrest in Sinai.
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:26
Category: Palestine Written by Rana Abu Abdurrahman and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Khan Younis, 16 Jumadil Akhir 1435/ 16 April 2014 (MINA) – Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh called on the Egyptian authorities to open the border to the Gaza Strip around the clock for individuals and goods, and allow the entry of all goods and materials needed to complete the Qatar Grant Projects.
Haniyeh said during a news conference through his round at Hamad City on Wednesday," the implementation of these projects which transferred the previous Israeli occupation settlements to green yields is a message of Palestinians to the world that they are able to build and liberate their lands," Haniyeh said.
He emphasized that the Qatar projects formed a quantum and civilized leap for the Gaza Strip, especially through the ongoing siege imposed on Gaza to prove that Gaza challenges this unjust siege by its people's steadfastness and the supporters of the Palestinian issue.
He thanked all countries that support the Palestinian people and appreciated Qatar's role in supporting the Palestinian issue, ALRAY, Palestinian Media Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Haniyeh called on the Arabs and international world to continue their political and public efforts to bring the Israeli-imposed siege to an end.
This round gains its importance because it is considered a challenge message against the siege that failed to break the steadfastness of Palestinians amid tightening the closure of the crossings and continuing preventing the entry of construction materials and food to the besieged enclave.(T/P02/E01)
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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:28
Category: Palestine Written by Fauziah & Rina and edited by Sayarif Hidayat
Al-Quds (Jerusalem), 16 Jumadil Akhir 1435/ 16 April 2014 (MINA) – Dozens of worshipers were hurt Wednesday morning in fierce clashes with Israeli forces who stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccan and Chain gates.
Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers and police officers broke into the compound and deployed in the southern quarter firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers, according to Ma’an News Agency report quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
Director of al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib told Ma’an that "about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound." He highlighted that Israeli officers used live ammunition.
Special forces deployed at the main gates since dawn prayer, witnesses said, denying Palestinian worshipers entry to the compound.
Employees of the ministry of endowment and students who attend schools inside the compound were also denied entry. Only security guards were allowed in addition to men over 65 years old. Several people performed dawn prayer in the alleys near the gates.
About 100 Muslim worshipers have decided to stay inside the compound day and night after right-wing Jewish organizations urged Jews to flock to the compound which they believe is the site of a former temple and slaughter their Passover sacrifices inside.
Witnesses told Ma'an that the young volunteers foiled plans to tour the compound.
Jewish fringe groups have vowed to build a third Temple, but Israeli political and religious authorities have repeatedly dismissed the idea.
Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967. (T/Fauziah/P03/E01)
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:49