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Media should inform readers why we are in Yemen, our spat with Qatar
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DUBAI: The role of our media in relation to shaping national vision should be measured on the level of the public’s understanding of why we are engaged in the war in Yemen and our spat with Qatar, said a senior media head during the 4th Emirati Media Forum held on Nov.6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. “If the people know why we are in Yemen or why we clashed with Qatar, then we have played a commendable role as the media or else we rank 6 or 7 on a scale of 10,” said the Editor In Chief of Emarat Al Youm, Sami Al Reyami.

He was featuring in a panel discussion on “Shaping a National Vision: The Media’s Role,” along with the Executive Editor In Chief of Al Khaleej, Raed Barqawi; the Editor In Chief of Al Ittihad, Mohammed Al-Hammadi, and the Managing Editor In Chief of Al Bayan, Mona Bu Samra.

The session was moderated by an anchor at Dubai Media Inc., Mohammed Salem.

Sami however, added that the media should be reflecting the worries of the people “be they negative or positive. If they don’t find that in the paper, they will not read it.” For Barqawi, the media “needs more support, even implicit, from private and public sectors.

“I am glad that as we are in Yemen, our media is keeping the national goal and there is public support.”

The Al Bayan editor, Mona Bu Samra, said, “Professionalism and credibility will see us sail through a biased media against us as a nation.” 

This year’s edition focused on the national role of the UAE media, as the organisers said earlier, “at a time when the region is beset with political turmoil.”

Blending well

Al Ittihad’s editor Al-Hammadi said professionalism will help the print media blend well with the penetration of digital technology, but “there must be more freedom to shed light on both positive and negative aspects because there is no society without problems.”

He also called for giving a “chance to the young people by enhancing their professionalism. We must train them and enable them to play their role and be able to make decisions.”

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