Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday criticized the Western media for applying double standards in their reports on Muslims in various countries.
"If non-Muslims are killed in fighting, then the Western media exaggerate the news. But this is not the case when Muslims are killed in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon," Antara news agency quoted the president as saying when opening a two-day dialog among journalists from 44 countries in tourist resort Bali Saturday morning.
Yodhoyono reminded the journalists from Western countries that Muslims did not want to be regarded as more special than those from other faiths.
"Muslims all over the world do not need special treatment, but they only want to be respected in the same way as adherents of other faiths," Yudhoyono told some 72 prominent journalists from the five continents.
Yodhoyono also touched on the publication of the Prophet Mohammad's caricatures in a number of European newspapers. He said the publication of caricatures had sparked a wave of protests in Muslim countries due to the Western journalists' ignorance of such a sensitive issue.
The meeting was also attended by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirayuda and his Norwegian counterpart, Jonas Gahr Store.
Earlier in the day, Jonas Gahr Store said the dialog among the journalists from various countries was motivated by the publication of the prophet's caricatures.
He expressed the hope that such a dialog would encourage the Muslim and non-Muslim groups to build mutual understanding and approach.