Salalah, The Arab Media Forum was opened in
Salalah today under the patronage of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al-
Busaidi, Minister of State, Governor of Dhofar.
The opening of the three-day forum, which is being organised by
the Omani Journalists Association (OJA), was attended by Sheikh
Khalid bin Omar al-Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service and officials.
The chief guest and the attendees toured the photos gallery
themed “Omani Features” and documenting the tropical cyclone
“Mekunu” that contains 100 photos taken by journalist photographers.
The chief guest praised in a statement the efforts of the OJA
and the Omani media means for their credibility, professionalism,
accuracy and objectivity in dealing with events and not to exaggerate
what is published.
Ali bin Khalfan al-Jabri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of
Information gave a speech during which he pointed out that the Arab
forum came after extraordinary circumstances in the governorates of
Dhofar and Al Wusta and its title is consistent with the conditions
witnessed by the Sultanate through responsibility and professionalism
in dealing with such crises and their management.
Salim bin Hamad al-Jahwari, OJA Deputy Chairman gave a
speech saying that organising this forum aims to highlight the tourist
aspect in the Governorate of Dhofar and support activities implemented
by the Ministry of Tourism and Dhofar Municipality during Khareef
Dr. Abdulla bin Abdulrahman al-Jahlan, Secretary General of the
Saudi Journalists Association (SJA), Vice President of the Union of
Arab Journalists, delivered a speech during which he pointed out that
the forum represents one of the right images of the joint Arab media
work to serve the urgent needs in the Arab media arena.
The programme of the forum, which involves journalists from
inside and outside the Sultanate, includes visits and tours to the major
tourist and archaeological landmarks in the Governorate of Dhofar, in
addition to organising a training course tomorrow “Tuesday” under the
title “Arab Media Between Responsibility and Professionalism in
Dealing with Crises”.
The programme of the course includes a number of topics, such as
discussing ethics of journalism, ways to confront rumors and fabricated
news, besides discussing media responsibility in promoting civil peace
and psychological safety of journalists during and after crises.
The forum aims at providing the opportunity for sharing
experiences among participants and stressing the importance of
developing skills and abilities of journalists and media professionals in
the Arab world, as well as highlighting the tourist, economic and
cultural monuments in the Sultanate.
Source: Oman News Agency