Cairo, September 20 (QNA) - The meeting of the 97th Ordinary Session of the Standing Committee for Arab Media kicked off today, with the participation of the State of Qatar.
The delegation of the State of Qatar at the meeting was headed by Media Consultant at Qatar Media Corporations Abdulrahman Nasser Al Obaidan.
During its meeting today, the Standing Committee for Arab Media will study the working documents and draft resolution prepared by the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Information Ministers, based on member states, relevant organizations and unions contributions. To be then submit to the Arab Information Ministers Council Executive Office, convening tomorrow in its fifteenth regular session, to follow it by seeking the Arab Information Ministers Councils approval in its fifty-second regular session, which will take place on Thursday.
The Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Media and Communication Sector at the Arab League, Ambassador Ahmed Rashid Khattabi said in his speech during the opening session that the current session will deal with a number of issues, with the continued Arab media support for the just Palestinian cause having the leading position: covering the situation in Palestine, and most specifically its heart: Occupied Jerusalem. Moreover, also on the agenda, the violations of the Israeli occupation against Palestinian journalists as they carry out their journalistic message.
Ambassador Khattabi pointed out that the General Secretariat of the Arab League paid utmost attention to the Palestinian initiative to make May, 11 a day of solidarity with Palestinian media: coinciding with the anniversary of the heinous crime of targeting the Martyr of Media Shireen Abu Akleh: this choice serves as an embodiment of steadfast solidarity with the Palestinian media, against the practices of the occupation authorities in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, especially with regard to the protection of journalists.
The Assistant Secretary-General stressed the need to devote this participatory approach to give a deeper impetus to Arab media work in accordance with the determinants and provisions of the Arab League Charter and its strategic directions to foresee a developed, effective and ambitious Arab media system that keeps pace with the aspirations of Arab states and peoples, to experience comprehensive development in a safe environment: enjoying stability and national cohesion.
Moreover, he pointed out that the current session will also discuss ways to activate the goals of the Arab media strategy 2022-2026 and the media's handling of crises and disasters, especially public ones, and follow-up to the media action plan, as well as the media's role in addressing the phenomenon of terrorism and extremism, the Arab media map for sustainable development 2030 and electronic media. In addition to educational media, dealing with major international media companies, and organizational issues for the Council of Information Ministers. (QNA)
20 September 2022
97th Ordinary Session of Standing Committee of Arab Media Kicks Off with Qatari Participation
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