04 December 2022 11:28 AM

The 52nd Session of Arab Information Ministers

Friday، 23 September 2022 - 12:00 AM

Meetings of the 52nd round of the Council of the Arab Information Ministers started on Thursday 22 September 2022, under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and under Chairmanship of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) Karam Gabr.

Assistant Secretary General and Supervisor of the Media and Communication Sector at the Arab League Ahmed Rashid Khattabi participated in the meetings on behalf of Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit in presence of a number of Arab information ministers and heads of media organizations and unions.

Egypt, represented in the SCMR, will receive the presidency of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information from Sudan to chair its 52nd session.

Agenda

The three-day meetings include holding the 15th regular round of the executive office and the 97th regular round of the permanent committee of Arab media.

The agenda of the council includes a number of issues topped by resuming media support to the Palestinian cause and activating the goals of the Arab media strategy 2022-2026 and following up the Arab media plan abroad in addition to the role of media in combating terror and extremism.

The meeting will also discuss the Arab media strategy, the Arab committee for digital media, and the Arab media role in countering the phenomenon of terrorism, the Arab media map for sustainable development, and other vital issues.

Meetings of the 97th regular session of the permanent committee of the Arab media

Meetings of the 97th regular session of the permanent committee of the Arab media kicked off on Tuesday 20-9-2022 in preparation for the 52nd session of the Council of Arab Information Ministers.

The agenda of the Arab media committee included 14 items, topped by the Palestinian issue, the Arab media strategy, the Arab action and the role of media to counter the phenomenon of terrorism, the Arab media map for sustainable development for 2030, the unified strategy for international media companies, as well as the Arab Media Day and the Arab Media Excellence Award.

The Arab information ministers also discussed a number of organizational and structural issues, as well as the formation of the executive office of the Arab Information Ministers Council.

The 15th ordinary session of the executive office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers

The 15th ordinary session of the executive office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers kicked off on Wednesday 21-9-2022 in preparation for the 52nd session of the Council of Arab Information Ministers.

The opening session started with a welcome speech by Chairman of the Supreme Council of Media Regulation Karam Gabr followed by a speech by Chairman of the executive office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers Mujahid Abu al-Hail and a speech by Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Rashid Khatabi.

In his speech, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Media Regulation Karam Gabr asserted on the importance of agreeing on united Arab codes and regulations to deal with social media and e-platforms.

He also welcomed holding the 15th ordinary session of the executive office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, currently being held in Cairo in preparation for the 52nd session of the council

He pointed out that the office nine members, including Egypt - the hose state - as well as Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Tunisia, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.

He hoped that the meetings will announce viable recommendations with mechanism and timetable for their implementation.

He also proposed to form a committee to guarantee communication between Arab states and follow up on the implementation of the meetings’ outcome.

During a meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing 52nd ordinary session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information in Cairo Chairman of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) Karam Gabr and head of the Iraqi Information and Communication Organization (ICO) Mohammed Al-Asadi probed ways to promote bilateral cooperation in the media industry.

The two sides signed a cooperation protocol on knowledge-sharing, training, and joint media production.

Praising the centuries-old ties between Egypt and Iraq, Gabr highlighted the close coordination between the sisterly Arab countries in all areas.

He cited President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's directives to the Egyptian media to build bridges of cooperation and communication with all nations, especially the Republic of Iraq.

Meanwhile, Asadi stressed Egypt's leading role in the media industry in the Arab world, voicing an interest in deriving lessons from the Egypt's experience in this domain.

He said Cairo and Baghdad have always been the capitals of Arab culture and creativity.

Asadi proposed that the two countries should coordinate for addressing and promoting common Arab causes on the Cairo-based Sawt al-Arab "Voice of the Arabs" radio station.

President El-Sisi Meets with Arab Ministers of Media

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, at Al-Ittihadiya Palace, the Arab Ministers of Media.

President El-Sisi stressed Egypt's belief in the importance of the strategic role of the media in supporting countries' efforts to achieve stability and development by discussing national issues and raising public awareness.

President El-Sisi also emphasized the there are common concerns and challenges facing the Arab world, which requires that the Arab media speaks the same language to help overcome these challenges and that various issues be raised in a deep and objective manner, backed by facts, for having a realistic collective Arab conscience.

The President also stressed that the media shoulders the responsibility of presenting honest content.

Regarding extremist ideology, hate speech, and incitement against various Arab peoples, President El-Sisi stressed that destruction has not and will not be a civilized message. He also pointed out that religious values are not built on the ruins and destruction because the message of religion calls for building, reconstruction, peace and development. This can only be achieved by providing security and political and moral stability for the people in a safe civilized world.

The Ministers, participating in the 52nd session of the Arab Information Ministers Council, currently held in Cairo, expressed their honor to meet with President El-Sisi. They also praised the tangible achievements that Egypt has made under the leadership of the President in at the political, development, economic and social levels. This sets an example for the Arab nation to follow in terms of achieving progress, prosperity and sustainable development. They also lauded Egypt’s role to preserve the security and stability of the Arab states.

There also had been an open dialogue with the President that addressed important topics raised at the Arab Information Ministers Council meeting, particularly those pertaining to media awareness for future generations and the vital role of the media in supporting Arab national security, promoting institution building and strengthening fraternal bonds between the Arab states.

The attendees commended the President’s wisdom for realizing the requirements of nation-building. They emphasized that the government and media organizations, altogether, are responsible in addressing different challenges. Therefore, media organizations should adhere to robust standards, set sound priorities and raise awareness among peoples and communities about various challenges and how to face them and deal with lies and rumors.

A consultative meeting

Arab information ministers held a consultative meeting on Thursday 22 September 2022 ahead of the 52nd round of the Council of Arab Information Ministers.

Head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) Karam Gabr delivered a speech on Thursday 22 September 2022 after taking over the presidency of the 52nd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information.

Gabr, meanwhile, welcomed the Arab information ministers and the delegations participating in the council's session, hosted by Egypt under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

He further pointed out to President Sisi's unwavering support to the Arab countries and their causes.

He highlighted that Egypt has been and will always be defending the Arab nation and its stability.

He said Egypt will also continue to support the Palestinian cause, adding that hopes are pinned to hold this meeting in Al Quds when it is declared as a capital of Palestine.

He also said that media's role remains a powerful force to be reckoned with, given its crucial role in spreading awareness and defending the capabilities of countries.

Gabr further called for formulating different ideas to advance the mechanisms of joint Arab media cooperation and consolidate the culture of tolerance.

Assistant Secretary General and Supervisor of the Media and Communication Sector at the Arab League Ahmed Rashid Khattabi delivered a speech on behalf of Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit.

The AL chief expressed appreciation of the efforts exerted by the Council of Arab Ministers of Information to boost cooperation and exchange expertise in the fields of satellite broadcasting, program and drama production, television and radio work and news exchange.

He added that Arab media could give more impetus to bolstering the pillars of regional interdependence and building bridges of dialogue and communication, with putting Arab interests above all considerations.

The AL chief highly valued the endeavors to implement the Arab media strategy in line with the Arab media action plan, which aims primarily to continue defending the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause.

Abul Gheit also commended the active role played by the Arab media in countering terrorist and extremist groups.

He underlined the importance of adopting an Arab unified media strategy that copes with technological development and digital transformation, especially in light of the dominance of major media companies.

Abul Gheit called for creating advanced and innovative forms of Arab media content to contribute to strengthening the unity of Arab states.

Recommendations

At the end of the 52nd session of the Arab Information Ministers Council, held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the Council approved a number of decisions including that May 11 of every year, the day when Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was martyred, will be designated as an international day for solidarity with the Palestinian media.

The Arab Information Ministers Council pressed the need to extend media support to the Palestinian cause through a number of programs to increase awareness about it, especially the issues of Jerusalem, Al Aqsa Mosque and the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries.

The council urged the Arab mass media to highlight the efforts exerted by Arab countries to support the Palestinian cause and enlighten the coming generations in this regard.

The council also asked the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and The Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) to sustain their efforts of broadcasting news about Al Aqsa Mosque and the Israeli occupation practices through exchanging news with European, African and Asian states.

The Arab Information Ministers Council extended thanks to the Arab League missions abroad on exerting all-out efforts to explain the Israeli violations and breaches on the occupied Palestinian territories, attempts to Judaize Jerusalem City as well as other crimes committed against Palestinian media figures and institutions.

The Council also approved a number of proposals pertaining to activities and measures tabled on the strategic plan of action over the coming five years (2022-2026).

It also recommended approving a project presented by Egypt to establish a group of Arab media figures as one of the Arab media actions abroad.

The Council also welcomed a proposal by Palestine to launch a joint Arab TV program which sheds light on the importance of Al Quds City and its cultural, historical and archaeological importance.


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