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UAE hosts Arab Media Forum

Sharjah, Senior Arab media officials have stressed the importance of the great support extended by H.H. Dr. Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to the media and the cultural sector, which has earned the Emirate its prestigious international reputation.

Speaking at the forum, Shaikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, SMC, stressed Sharjah's keenness to promote Arab media cooperation, support its development programmes and consolidate its international standing. He called for the creation of a supportive environment for media creativity and development in the Arab region. He expressed his sincere gratitude to His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah, for the major support he gives to the media sector and for his faith in the role of this sector in human and community development.

Shaikh Sultan bin Ahmed praised the efforts of the Arab Media Forum and its role in discussing Arab media issues and addressing the challenges of its advancement. He pointed out that Sharjah's hosting of the forum reflects the deep media relations between the Emirate and Kuwait, UAE News Agency (WAM) reported.

He called for translation of the recommendations of the Arab Media Leaders Forum into action plans aimed at promoting the media sector and overcoming its challenges, stressing Sharjah's keenness to provide all the necessary support to implement these recommendations.

In the presence of more than hundred leading journalists, media professionals and senior officials from the press and media sector in the UAE, GCC and the wider Arab world, the forum discussed a wide array of issues related to the Arab media and its future. Participants called for introducing joint Arab media training programmes to promote the sector and develop an integrated system for professional training. The forum stressed the need to produce content that meets the needs of the public and conforms to the ethics of the media profession and improves the skills of workers in the field.

The forum invited the Arab League to introduce laws to regulate the work of electronic media, as well as a professional charter to consolidate media values and control irresponsible publishing.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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