The Ministry of Information, in cooperation with the Public Authority for Radio and Television (PART) and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), held the Second Media Family Forum (Our Media….Renewing Pledge), under the patronage of Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al- Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, at the Cultural Center of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). Nizar al Musalmy, Abdulaziz al Jahdhami, Yahya al-Sulaimani were the winners of the media awards from the Observer.
Dr Abdul Munim bin Mansour al- Hasani, Minister of Information said in a speech on the importance of the strategic partnership between the Ministry of Information, PART and SQU in organizing the Second Media Forum, in addition to the and the establishment of the Center for Community Information to monitor and analyze the content of what is published electronically and to conduct studies and research to provide decision-makers with the necessary information regarding the work of their parties … The program ” Skills to Deal with Media ” has been completed in five workshops over two years for directors of departments and sections of public relations and media in government institutions.
The Minister of Information pointed out that the Omani media accomplished a number of achievements last year, including the signing of the first charter of ethics of the profession issued by the Omani Journalists Association (OJA), in cooperation with the Department of Information at SQU and Omani media institutions , in addition to the establishment of the Government Services Center in the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in strategic partnership with the Ministry of Information, PART and SQU.
He added that the continuation of the media excellence competition was announced, whose winners ( of professionals and students of journalism) were recently honored, adding that the first batch of documents of the United Nations Media Archive was received in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, as well as the issuance of Royal decree 3/2018 to establish the Media Training Centre which is administratively and financially independent and works in cooperation between the Ministry of Information, PART and SQU.
He pointed out that this year, preparations were started to activate the training center after studying the training needs of all the media institutions, in addition to the training program for media students in higher education institutions in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and SQU, adding that preparations were also announced to establish the first media library specialized in the Omani media to be a reference for researchers and students in the Omani media.
The Minister of Information announced in his speech the award of the Ministry of Information for Media Research. He pointed out that the establishment of the Omani Media Museum was started to tell the story of the human being through the history of the press and the media in Oman and what he said to the world about the Sultanate in his media.
The establishment of Media Dialogue Forum was announced to be a continuous meeting between specialists and media professionals, indicating that the Ministry of Information will hold a specialized symposium on the media, the child and the future with the participation of a number of specialists in writing for the child. As for the media excellence competition, the Minister of Information announced that this year’s competition will be dedicated to radio and television.
The ceremony included a drama show by the Al Dan Group entitled “Humanization of the Media ” to address the humanitarian concerns in the media, in addition to celebrating the Arab initiative “Makarim”, an Arab initiative on the ethics of the media. The event included a film about the march of the public press and the launching of a number of publications of the Ministry of Information such as ” Oman International Photography Competition, Oman in Len’s Memory, Citizenship in the Sultanate of Oman, Principles, Beginnings and Development, Sultanate of Oman Ranks High at Arab and International Indices, in addition to Omani Press Pioneers.
The forum included honoring a number of the pioneers of the public press and the announcement of media excellence awards in the field of journalism, as well as honoring the Omani media professionals who won Arab and international awards in 2017, in addition to the opening of a photo exhibition about the presence of Oman in international newspapers in the last century.