Wednesday, August 24, 2022

[HWPL] HWPL Signed a MOU with 23 Media who Agreed on Regular Reporting of Peace Activity


[HWPL] 23 Media Sign an MOU with HWPL to Provide Regular Reporting of Peace Activity

A commemorative photo of Chairman Man-hee Lee and 12 key media figures following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP (World Alliance of Religions' Peace) Summit on September 19, 2018

On September 19th, 2018, the most special of all commemorative events was held in Korea: the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP (World Alliance of Religions' Peace) Summit. Wherever the peace delegation of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man-hee Lee) goes, its deeds are covered by media reports. On that day, 12 media heads officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HWPL, strengthening the existing bond.

23 media signed the MOU, including Newsday Georgia, Ivestia (Ukraine), Sidonia News (Lebanon), National Radio Television Afghanistan, Ghana Journalists Association, Flash Radio & TV (Rwanda), Burma News International, and Inspira TV (Indonesia), among others.

Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, an interview is conducted between Chairman Lee and the peace delegation of HWPL and Antena 3 news channel at Antena 3 recording studio in Bucharest, Romania on January 3, 2019

All media present at the event actively supported HWPL's peace movement and spoke highly of Chairman Lee's devotion to peace.

President Roland Affail Monney of the Ghana Journalists Association empathized deeply with Chairman Lee's peace movement, not only in his capacity as a journalist but also as a devout Christian.

After attending the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, he said, “The most impressive thing was the commemoration ceremony of the 9.18 WARP Summit held outdoors.” He stressed his desire to directly bring his colleagues to the WARP Summit, and expressed his wish to inform reporters who misunderstand HWPL about the sincerity of the peace movement being carried out by Chairman Lee and HWPL.

President Roland Affail Monney of the Ghana Journalists Association receives the “True Story of HWPL: Peace and Cessation of War” booklet from an HWPL official

At the MOU signing ceremony, Avtandil Otinashvili, chief editor of Newsday Georgia, said, "Journalists should inform the world about the efforts of various social classes to establish peace. Young people should not be victimized by the horrors of war. I believe this is a noble mission and responsibility as a journalist.”

After attending a press conference in Georgia in 2015, Newsday Georgia has consistently attended HWPL-related events in Georgia and reported on HWPL 88 times. Newsday Georgia not only conducts media reports on HWPL, but also participates in peace activities, including the HWPL 'Peace Letter Campaign'.

Ghassan El Zaatari, editor-in-chief of Sidonia News (Lebanon), also supported HWPL's peace movement, saying, "Everyone should show their hearts by signing in order to pass on the light of hope of peace to future generations." He has regularly attended HWPL events and published 128 reports. He also actively cooperates with individuals of all social strata in Lebanon, having held a peace walk.

Igor Shevyrov, Journalist of Ivestia (Ukraine), has been an active supporter of DPCW since joining HWPL in 2016. He has voluntarily provided extensive coverage of Chairman Lee's peace work, empathizing with Chairman Lee's dedication to peace and the merit of HWPL's peace work.

Wari Kabir, technical director of National Radio Television Afghanistan, strongly related to Chairman Lee's message of peace. In admiration, he said, "It's amazing that you have an answer for peace that encompasses all classes." He filmed the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, returned to his home country, and broadcast a special report of it on a morning talk show, even though it is difficult to report peace news in Afghanistan due to the conflict and threat of the Taliban.

A commemorative photo of Wari Kabir, technical director of National Radio Television Afghanistan, with an HWPL official, during the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit. Mr. Kabir made it possible to broadcast the WARP Summit on a morning programme, even though it was difficult to report on peace in Afghanistan

On January 3rd, 2019, an MOU signing ceremony was held between HWPL and Antena 3 news channel was held at Antena 3 Studio in Bucharest, Romania. Vice President Adrian Wools (CEO & General Manager Mihai Gîdea) signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

Antena 3, a privately operated and number 1 ranked broadcasting station in Romania, is a news channel that mainly reports on news programmes and current affairs, including political topics. It is a 24-hour news channel that has become a partner channel of CNN.

Since 2018, Antena 3 has regularly reported on the peace activities of HWPL and Chairman Lee. The signing of the MOU contained a promise by Antena 3 to promote peace news. The MOU was signed by Vice President Adrian Wools on behalf of CEO & General Manager Mihai Gîdea.

When the HWPL peace delegation visited the vice president's office at that time, they took note of an unusual picture hanging on the wall. It was a photo taken during Hitler's rule of people in veneration, yet of one person refusing to pay homage. The peace delegation enquired as to the purpose of displaying this picture, to which Vice President Adrian Wools explained that when everyone said 'Yes', the courage to say 'No' seemed far greater. He said that he wanted to adopt that same spirit because he himself encounters such situations. His conviction can be compared to the will of supporting peace, even if everyone turns away from it.

Vice President Adrian Wools invited Chairman Lee to the studio for an interview during Chairman Lee's visit to Romania on his 31st peace tour. He expressed sincere admiration for HWPL's peaceful movement. He also expressed his interest in Peace Journalism, and his desire to introduce a war correspondent to HWPL.

Antena 3 Vice President Adrian Wools holds the Memorandum of Understanding after signing it

What was included in the MOU signed between HWPL and the media of each country?

First, HWPL allowed news sources such as peace articles, columns, and videos presented by media outlets to be posted on the "Peace Initiative" website, where HWPL and global journalists report, based on freedom of speech agreed by international norms. The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which deals with the role of the international community in preventing and resolving conflicts within the UN Charter and international laws, recognizes the responsibility of the media to raise awareness of peace among citizens and to actively support related peace news.

It also promised to specify the source of the news content and the name of the reporter.

HWPL has decided to maintain the objectivity of news content transcending borders, ethnicity, religions, and ideologies to achieve global peace, 

Each country's media agreed to provide unbiased coverage based on credible sources, so that it can contribute to discovering, analyzing, evaluating, sharing and facilitating the trends and phenomena of peace-building. In addition, the decision was made to provide peace articles that have been reported, and to voluntarily conduct regular reports through discussion in accordance with the need for regular reports on peace. In addition, they promised to designate one person with the responsibility of providing peace articles within the media to carry out cooperation.


1 comment:

  1. “What is the greatest blessing we can leave to future generations? Is it material possessions? Can money truly give us happiness in this fearful world filled with conflict? Our duty in this era is to create a world of peace where future generations can coexist in harmony.” HWPL💗

    A beautiful, hopeful and somewhat miraculous post. How is that HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee, who was in his mid-80s at that time, could mediate a cruel, bloody 40-year inter-religious conflict between Catholic and Islamic groups that had claimed 120,000 lives on the island of Mindanao - which no government agency or peacekeeping force could solve - yet so few media organisations report it? Thank YOU for reporting this news of peace. I hope more media outlets will do the same and I will certainly do my part in spreading this news and, if possible, watch the screening of the ‘Great Legacy’ documentary.