The Arab Information Ministers’ Council on Wednesday held its 50th session in Cairo under the chairmanship of Saudi Information Minister, Turki Al-Shabbana, with the participation of Arab League Secretary General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Arab Information Ministers, Lebanon’s Information Ministry’s General Director, Dr. Hassan Falha, representing Information Minister, Jamal Jarrah, and other ranking officials.
The Council has approved a Lebanese proposal to dedicate a media day in tribute to Al-Quds through all the public and private Arab audio-visual and social media platforms. Dubai city has also been adopted as the capital of Arab media.
"I was honored by His Excellency, Minister of Information, Mr. Jamal Jarrah, to represent him in this remarkable meeting. I’d like to convey to you his greetings and apologies for not being able to participate for compelling reasons,” Falha said in his delivered word.
“This meeting seeks the enhancement of joint Arab media work, each country in accordance with its national specificity, in a way that does not conflict with our Arab solidarity,” Falha added.
He stressed that the Palestinian cause would ever remain the Arabcentral cause. “Every media effort must be united en route to the victory of this cause,” Falha stressed.
He pointed out that the promotion of joint media work was a fundamental objective in the context of the advancement of Arab nations, away from the situation of degradation, despair, and frustration that had hit many of the Arab countries.
Falha went on to shed light on the fact that Arab countries and their peoples had great potentials and capabilities that ought to be properly invested in.
"Media is no longer a bulwark of power or opposition. The media is changing its role and changing its function; it no longer serves the concepts of domination but has become a tool that benefits all ages and generations,” he explained.
“Hence, our reliance on old media methods is no longer useful. This entails a major change in the work mechanism of the Permanent Committee for Arab Media and in the work of the Council of Arab Information Ministers or the institutions that replaced the ministries in line with modern media work,” Falha added.
“What is required today is the activation of media outlets and institutions that are concerned with foreign media in a bid to rectify the image of Islam and Arabism in the West and show their truth,” he concluded.