Jordan – Communications Officials target violent games and signal tight League-wide mass media rules
Location: Amman, Jordan
Source: A24 Amman
Restriction: A24 subscribers
Media meetings, held by the Secretariat General of the Arab League, kicked off in Jordan’s capital, Amman, Tuesday, featuring media and communication representatives from the organization’s 22 member states.
Topping the agenda – sessions on confronting extremism and the emerging threat to society posed by the violence in electronic games. Officials also called for drafting league-wide standards for mass media outlets.
Nasr El-Din Ahmed, Jordan’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Media and Culture, told A24 that the conference plans to guide media and citizens and impose security and stability on Arab countries.
The League organized the conference in cooperation with the Arab Commission for Satellite Broadcasting (ACSB).
In addition, representatives of Arab unions and bodies concerned with media and communication and media officials from the Arab League participated in the conference.
Soundbite (Nasr El-Din Ahmed – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Media and Culture):
“Media and communication in the Arab League organized the conference hosted by Jordan. It discusses developing strategies and plans to guide media and citizens and impose security and stability on Arab countries in general.”
Soundbite (Ibrahim Abu Zekry – President of the General Union of Arab Producers):
“We, the General Union of Arab Producers, have hosted this committee through which we are working to establish an electronic observatory. It aims to monitor all studies and research related to electronic media, help the committee, and serve as an observatory for unions and all the activities of the League of Arab States. Today we are discussing the issue of electronic games, trying to raise awareness and warn against those games that lead to delinquency.”
Soundbite (Dirar Al-Falasi, a member of the UAE’s Federal National Council):
“We presented the UAE’s pioneering experience in electronic games and the provision of alternative games for children away from dangerous games, to address extremism, terrorism, and the role of the media. It was well received by participating countries. We aim to convey a message so that the rest of the countries can benefit from the UAE’s pioneering experience. We will be partners in this experience. The UAE has sponsored the website of the Media Committee, which will be launched soon, and is training all countries on this site.”
Soundbite (Saeed Al-Omari – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information in Oman):
“When the efforts of all parties gather to address negative phenomena through the media, we must be present to put together many controls and provide our proposals, visions and ideas, which would address all negative phenomena that limit the work of the media and affect the family and society.”