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

“Monsoon season”.

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