Arab Media Forum hails OJA, Oman media for credibility

Salalah: The Arab Media Forum was opened in Salalah on Monday under the patronage of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar. The opening of the three-day forum, which is being organised by the Omani Journalists Association (OJA), was attended by Shaikh Khalid bin Omar al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service, and officials. The chief guest and the attendees toured the photos exhibition themed ‘Omani Features’ documenting the tropical Cyclone Mekunu. The exhibition includes 100 photos taken by journalist photographers.
The chief guest in a statement praised the efforts of the OJA and the Omani media means for their credibility, professionalism, accuracy and objectivity in dealing with events. Ali bin Khalfan al Jabri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Information, in his speech pointed out that the Arab Media 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, in his speech said that organising this forum aims to highlight the tourism aspect in the Governorate of Dhofar and support activities implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Dhofar Municipality during Khareef season.
Dr Abdullah bin Abdulrahman al Jahlan, Secretary-General of the Saudi Journalists Association (SJA) and 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 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 rumours 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. — ONA