Arab media summit crucial for tackling challenges — Shboul

Faisal Al-Shboul  Faisal  Shboul
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AMMAN — Minister of Government Communications Faisal Al-Shboul emphasized the importance of the Arab Media Forum, in the framework of the Arab League, to achieve aspirations and strategic goals to confront the challenges facing Arab media, according to a local media outlet.اضافة اعلان

The eighth edition of the Arab Media Forum launched on Saturday in Amman.

In a speech at the forum, Shboul stressed the need for “all of us to work together to combat what threatens our communities as a result of the negative use of social media, and the influence of some media outlets with hateful speech, privacy violations, and fake or misleading news”.

Empowering Arab mediaShboul pointed to the need to empower Arab media to be level with social media platforms that dominate the advertising market globally.

“It is necessary to establish concepts of media and informational education in our communities, especially among emerging generations,” he said.  “We have to develop practical courses and programs in universities and media institutes to face the risks arising from the negative use of social media.”

Jordan has a “mature experience” in the field of media and information education, he said, noting that the Kingdom has begun integrating the aforementioned concepts into all educational curricula in schools.

Due to the rise in electronic crimes around the world during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to academic research, there are more opportunities for hacking, cyber-attacks, fraud, as well as hate speech, and sexual exploitation of children, he said.

There are 175 million active social media accounts in the Arab world, and that it is important to work together to combat the negative effects of social media and promote media and information education.

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