6th Government Communication Centre Discusses Challenges of Media Relations

Muscat— The Government Communication

Centre organized its 6th regular meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel,

Muscat under the theme “Media Relations between Government Units

and Media Institutions” in the presence of Sheikh Al Fadhl bin

Mohammed al-Harthy, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers,

Dr. Abdul Mon’em bin Mansoor al-Hassani, Minister of Information and

Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser al-Harrasi, Chairman of the Public Authority for

Radio and Television (PART) as a keynote speaker.

The 6th edition of the meeting witnessed a wide participation

that reflected the interest and keenness of various media means and

government agencies to improve and develop these relations according

to a common vision.

The meeting, which brought together newspaper Editors-in-

Chief and directors of private media institutions with officials of the

media departments in the government units, addressed the nature and

status of the relations between the various media means and

government units and ways to strengthen these relations according to

the best practices, as well as ways to bridge the gap between these

bodies and to build a system of clear participatory relations that

upgrade the media system in the Sultanate in general.

The meeting also tackled the challenges of relations in dealing

with the two sides, how to develop joint action and enhance the roles of

all parties with a common vision.

Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser al-Harrasi, PART Chairman reviewed

the experience of PART in this aspect and how it managed its media

relationship with various government institutions, touching on the

tropical condition (Mekunu) as a model in the good management of this


Lama bint Mushtaq al-Saleh, a specialist in the field of public

relations, dealt with local and international best practices in the

management of media relations in light of the changes and

developments in the media arena in its modern component (electronic


During the meeting, the Government Communication Centre

also reviewed the results of its survey on the challenges of relations

between government units and media institutions.

At the end of the meeting, a number of recommendations,

opportunities and areas of development were presented that could

contribute to enhancing relations between the two parties.

Source: Oman News Agency