Politics and Media should be clearly separated, say panelists at Arab Media Forum

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the theme of this year's Forum is 'Arab Media: From Now to the Future'

  

Dubai: Avoiding conflict between media and politics by drawing clear lines that define the role of each is essential, according to panelists speaking at a session on ‘Media & Politics: An Integrated Competition’ at the 18th Arab Media Forum being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the theme of this year’s Forum is ‘Arab Media: From Now to the Future’.

Panelists at the session included Emad El Din Adeeb, Columnist and Political Analyst; Dr Walid Phares, Former Foreign Policy Advisor to President Trump; Abdulrahman Al Rashid, Head of the Editorial Board at Al Arabiya News Channel; and Dr. Abdel Moneim Said, Columnist and Political Analyst. The session discussed how politics and media affect each other.

Dr. Abdel Moneim Said said that the interplay between the two is a global phenomenon, where politicians work in media, and media professionals become politicians, creating instability in society.

Abdulrahman Al Rashid said that media outlets should offer opportunities to all political parties to express their views without coercion.

Walid Phares said that US news outlets like CNN and Fox News cover the Arab region according to their political views.

The two-day AMF organised by the Dubai Press Club features over 75 speakers and 200 prominent media figures representing more than 20 countries from across the Arab region and the world.

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About Arab Media Forum (AMF)
The Middle East’s most prominent media event, the Arab Media Forum (AMF) is a platform designed to enrich dialogue, exchange ideas and attract attention to the reality and future of media industry in the region. AMF strives to trigger a change in the Arab media and call for a requisite redefinition of content and substance.

Since its inception in 2001 under the patronage of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Press Club has been responsible for organizing the Arab Media Forum. The Forum has consistently strived to facilitate in-depth debates and exchange of ideas on the regional media. Since its first edition, the annual event has successfully attracted exceptional media experts from across the region and the world, in addition to politicians and academia.  AMF platforms have also played vital roles in opening up channels of communication between Arab media professionals and their global peers. The Arab Media Forum is regarded as a much-awaited calendar event by high-caliber professionals including editors-in-chiefs, directors of TV and broadcasting channels, columnists, analysts and commentators, as well as academic professors and media students. For more information, pls. visit www.arabmediaform.ae/en 

About Dubai Press Club (DPC)
Established in 1999 under the patronage of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Press Club (DPC) is a proactive platform for journalists and media professionals to debate and deliberate on various topics of different interests ranging from political, economic and society. Dubai Press Club plays a significant role in supporting and developing regional media industry by launching unique initiatives including the renowned Arab Media Forum (AMF), Arab Journalism Award (AJA) the promising Emirates Media Forum (EMF)  and Arab Social Media Influencers Summit (ASMIS).

Additionally, DPC’s busy agenda offers a variety of activities targeting different segments of the media community. DPC hosts and organizes workshops and seminars on issues affecting regional and international socio-political scenarios, as well as strategic communication, business, economy, education and technology. The club periodically invites high-profile speakers and senior delegates to interact with local media and newsmakers. DPC is an active producer and sponsor of specialized media research and studies that keep pace with the rapid changes in the media industry. For more information, pls. visit http://www.dpc.org.ae  

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