Media Forum addresses issues in shadow of Arab Spring
KUWAIT: The ninth session of the Arab Media Forum, themed The Arab Media Spring, began yesterday under the patronization of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Secretary General of the Arab Media Forum Madi Khamees said in a statement on the occasion that Tunisia was chosen as honorary guest of the forum. The Arab Media Spring also noted that the Tunisian media made strides in upgrading and updating its infrastructure.
Tunisia, since the launch of the Arab Spring events, has accomplished many democratic achievements that boosted freedom of expression and the media profession, in the service of higher objectives of the state, rather than narrow and personal interests, he said, alluding to the policy of the ousted regime of Zine El-Abidine Bin Ali.
Several eminent figures will be honored during the event, he said, naming the Prince of Makkah region and the founder of the Arab Thought Foundation, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Chairperson of the Jordanian Media Institute and member of the Board of Commissioners of the Jordanian Royal Authority for Movies Princess Reem Al-Ali, the Lebanese writer, Samir Atallah, the media figure, Nasser Al-Sanousi, and Chairperson of the Tunisian Journalism Union, Najiba Al-Hamrouni.
An exhibition held on sidelines of the forum included four sessions addressing issue, such as the Arab media in the shadow of the Arab Spring. Officials, eminent media figures and journalists addressed this session. They include Tunisian Minister of Human Rights, Samir Dilo, Chairman of the Arab Parliament, Ali Deqbasi, Lebanese columnist, Jihad Al-Khazen, Saudi journalist, Jamal Al-Khashoghji, Chief editor of the Moroccan newspaper, Al-Akhbar, Toufic Bou-Eshreen, and the head of the Iraqi media network, Dr Mohammad Abdul-Jabbar Al-Shabbout.
The second session of the gathering, themed The media from state authority to masses authority, includes lectures by the media figure, Khairi Ramadan, the dean of Egyptian journalists, Mamdouh Al-Wali, deputy chief editor of Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada, Adnan Hussein, publisher of Elaf, Othman Al-Omair, Samir Atallah, the Kuwaiti journalist, Ahmad Al-Fahad and the chairperson of the Tunisian union of journalists, Najiba Al-Hamrouni.
The third session on Future of the Arab-Western relations in the shadow of political changes, will be addressed by the female journalist, Karima Awad, Lebanese Minister of Information Walid Al-Daouk, spokesperson of the British government for the Middle East and North Africa, Rose Davis, member of Kuwaiti Parliament, Mohammad Al-Sager, member of the Saudi Consultative Council, Dr. Fahad Al-Arabi Al-Harthi and the Libyan journalist, Mahmoud Shammam.
The third session will be followed with open dialogue, to be run by Al-Khamees, with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, and Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. The concluding ceremony will be marked with an address by the Arab League Secretary General, Nabil Al-Arabi, the participating Tunisian official and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak. -KUNA