Arab media leaders forum launches to counter terrorism, rumours

The Arab media leaders forum launched its first ever activities in Amman on Monday (April 15th) that aim to build a joint Arab media strategy to counter terrorism and foster transparency and integrity in the industry, The Jordan Times reported.

The forum, jointly organised by the Arab Commission for Satellite Broadcasting (ACSB), in co-operation with the General Secretariat of the Arab League and Council of Arab Media Ministers, addresses also the role of media in society and politics, the Jordanian news agency, Petra, reported.

ACSB President Mohammad Adayleh, in the opening speech, reaffirmed the importance of countering rumours and exaggerated news with integrity and transparency.

Inaccurate news "threaten Arab societies", he said.

Head of the technical administration of the Arab ministers council and commissioned minister Fawzi Ghoweil also underlined the vitality of the media’s role in countering the extremist and terrorist narrative.

The Arab League recognises the importance of laying out a joint strategy to realise these goals, he said, adding that the general secretariat has already started a tactical plan to facilitate the implementation of the strategy, in co-operation with the Nayef University for Security Sciences in Riyadh.

The three-day conference will feature three dialogue panels on media education, legislation and best media practices and fact checking mechanisms, Petra said.

A number of Arab media institutions and associations are participating in the forum, as well as media figures from across the Arab world.

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