Media can promote civilised dialogue: says Emirati FNC Affairs Minister

DUBAI, — Media is a significant tool in promoting civilised dialogue, as they reveal facts and address content in a positive and objective manner, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for the Federal National Council (FNC) Affairs and chairwoman of Abu Dhabi Media Company’s board of directors, told a regional media forum in Dubai.

Media has a great responsibility to shoulder amid the current regional developments in the Arab region, where they should be more professional and unbiased while also being free from the influence of interests that can derail them from the right track, she noted in a speech delivered at the two-day Arab Media Forum, which began today, bringing together prominent media leaders, scholars, writers and media experts from around the region to discuss a wide range of topics.

Modern media now has a real opportunity to project the real aspect of the profession and embrace a civilised rhetoric that can keep pace with developments and challenges facing the region, she observed.

Such rhetoric should reject extremism, bigotry and discrimination while encouraging positivity and welfare of all people, she noted, citing Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who once said that the region, now at a crucial stage of its history, was in dire need of a balanced and moderate media rhetoric that upholds the values of integrity and objectivity.

Ahmed Abul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office and others attended the forum.

This year’s Arab Media Forum themed ‘Civil Dialogue’ will focus on the role of media in promoting dialogue through highlighting the elements of peaceful co-existence and tolerance, while rejecting any display of racism, hatred and prejudice.

This edition will also unveil the ‘Arab Image in the West’ report, a survey of the American opinion of Arabs, conducted in partnership between the Dubai Press Club, Arab News daily and YouGov. WAM/MMYS

Source: Emirates News Agency