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Unified media policy on the cards
By a Staff Reporter January 28, 2018
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SHARJAH: Sharjah’s media strategy and policy is based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. It is aimed at organising and reinvigorating this crucial sector in the Emirate, emphasised Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council.

This came during a meeting of the Sharjah Media Council (SMC) held on Jan.25, to discuss the various aspects of the emirate’s comprehensive media strategies and policies being formulated and drafted by a group of eminent academic experts, media professionals and specialists.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said that the Council has been working on evolving a unified information policy for the media sector, defining its goals and functions as well as standards and norms. This is being done in order to strengthen the industry’s role in building and progress of a cohesive society.

The information policy, as approved by the Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), includes the principles and standards governing the organisation, management, control, evaluation and harmonisation of various communication systems and forms, in particular the media. This is in order to achieve the best social results possible for the overall well-being of the nation.

Hassan Yaqoub Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Sharjah Media Council, pointed out that the issue of evolving a unified media policy is especially important, given the critical role played by the media in various fields – social, economic, cultural and political. Further, it is also in light of the rapid technological developments, which have only increased the influence of these areas and their ability to Influence the social stability.

The SMC Secretary General elaborated on the general principles of Sharjah’s media policy, which include adherence to Islamic principles ​​and moral values of the emirate of Sharjah, respect for all religious beliefs, tenets of Arab identity and above all, the media’s social responsibility.

He stressed on the Council’s keenness to make the most of the potential of the media sector to build a humane and tolerant society for peace, universal brotherhood and constructive dialogue.Further, it will based on positive thinking and respect for the diversity of opinions in the spirit of promoting the distinction between facts and opinions.

The SMC Secretary General said that the emirate’s media policy would be guided by the Islamic culture and socio-cultural values ​​of Sharjah and the UAE. The policies will also be in line with the international laws and decrees of the media institutions.

He said that the formulation of the media policy of the emirate is in its final stages of drafting and compilation. It is based on the laws, regulations and policy notes and documents issued by the emirate.

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