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Ministers, academicians assert importance of media credibility

Media played a great part in victory against IS: Iraq

Current and former ministers and academicians participate in Arab Media Forum

KUWAIT CITY, April 24, (KUNA): Current and former ministers, and academicians, participating in the Arab Media Forum, underlined importance Monday of credibility and professionalism in media. They said media were facing many challenges foremost credibility, professionalism, funding and training.

Mohammad bin Essa, former Moroccan foreign minister, said the human being was the main challenge facing media. He called for providing professional training for journalists as well as highlighting responsible freedom. Nabil Al-Hamar, Bahraini King’s Media Advisor, said social media lacked credibility and complained that “the majority of journalists are not qualified and not trained properly.”

The fabricated news published by the social media “is the big challenge we face in media,” he said. Dr Mohammad Al-Rumaihi, a Kuwaiti journalist, said media have special agendas and that he believed the main challenge was the training of journalists. Mahmoud Shammam, Libyan former information minister, said laws governing social media were outdated in the face of revolution of technology.

Head of media network in Iraq Mujahed Abulhail said media played a great part in the victory against socalled Islamic State (IS). Sudanese Deputy Premier and Information Minister Ahmad Othman said the spread of social media has undermined freedom and responisble media. He called for the regulation of social media, as well as on state institutions to be credible and transparent. Bahrain Information Minister Ali Al-Rumaihi lamented failure of state officials in dealing with media or using social media.

Al-Rumaihi said the public should be educated on the use of media means. In another report, Kuwait Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said Monday His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah’s sponsorship of 15th Arab Media Forum refl ected its “importance and vitality.” Al-Jarallah, addressing forum’s last session, expressed content Kuwait was hosting Arab journalists to talk about “issues and problems of the region.” He said media could play a major role in educating the public. Al-Jarallah said social media was triggering revolutions and toppling governments, which made it impossible to control. Social media, he added, was also used as a launch pad to spread rumors.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Information Minister and State Minister for Youth Mohammad Al-Jabri said on Tuesday that Kuwait is keen to embrace its distinguished nationals, providing them with all forms of support needed to continue their successes on the global stage

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