Immunizing public opinion against extremism

Interviewed by: Nevin Abdel Hadi

Despite the multiplicity of opinions about the reality of the Arab media, in the light of the various variables surrounding it, if it does not target, all the opinions circulated during the media meetings held by the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States / Media and Communication Sector – Management of the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, in cooperation And in coordination with the Arab Commission for Satellite Broadcasting, in Amman, they unanimously agreed on the need to strengthen public opinion and the most specific protecting targeted segments from the scourge of extremism, and the need to spread an educational culture capable of protecting Arab youth within the framework of digital security and a safe media environment.
Yesterday, the Arab countries, through representatives of the media and media organizations, set clear formulas that came from Amman, to make the Arab media a professional affair that takes place with credibility and closes any outlets for the media’s exploitation for the ends of extremism , and through an Arab-Arab participatory approach based on coordination and consistency in everything that makes the media immune from any means that can make it vulnerable to extremist intrusion.
In a special follow-up to “Al-Dustour” on the sidelines of the meetings that started yesterday morning in Amman, through meetings with a number of Arab participants, they have the Jordanian experience related to the inclusion of educational media in the school curricula praised , which the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers decided to use as a qualitative experience worthy of Interest and application in Arab curricula in general. The speakers of “Al-Dustour” emphasized the importance of the meetings and the importance of holding them in Jordan because of its healthy media atmosphere, not to mention its interest in educational media, and to do it from the make school present in the minds of students. , children and youth, regarding the media and ways to deal with it.
Assistant Secretary General
In the Arab League
Ambassador Ahmed Rachid Khattabi (Algeria), Assistant Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Head of the Media and Communication Sector, and the representative of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States during these meetings said that the meetings are important is and comes at the right time and place, and expresses his hope that they will come up with recommendations that help block the way forward Payloads that exploit social networks to spread extremism and hatred, and exploit the digital space to public safety and the tranquility of citizens.
Khattabi believed that there is a need to strengthen public opinion and protect the most targeted segments from the scourge of extremism, and to spread an educational culture capable of protecting our youth within the framework of digital safety and a safe and healthy media environment, which enables them. to have a critical sense.
Khattabi praised the Jordanian experience of including educational media in school curricula, which the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers decided to use as a qualitative experience worthy of attention and study.
And about the role of the paper press in dealing with the issues of the stage, and whether it will have a part in the outcomes of the meetings, my speech here said to emphasize that the paper media, it is the origin of this media we are educated and has a big role in all circumstances, and we should not miss an important aspect about it if it passes. In bad conditions due to the epidemiological crisis that led to the decline of paper media, it has also been affected by the development of digital media in recent years, but paper media specifically specialized in a certain field still have many opportunities to promote and spread more widely.
Khattabi emphasized the need for an integration between traditional media, so to speak, and the rest of the media components, whether visual, broadcast or digital, because in the end each field has its following of readers and interested parties, and the paper media has a certain elite who follow it and are eager to read it, and of course there is a pattern of fast-flowing news, but its speed sometimes exposes it to error.
Chairman of the Supreme Council
Media Regulation Karam Gabr (Egypt)
For his part, Karam Gabr (Egypt), chairman of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, emphasized that the media reflects the Arab reality at this time, operating under an umbrella of Arab leaders that is different from previous periods, an umbrella of coordination, consultation and exchange of visions and ideas, proof of which are the shuttle flights undertaken by the leaders. The Arabs, as His Majesty King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, for different countries to reach common denominators for the challenges that the Arab nation face. .
Jabr pointed out that the media must reflect this consensus in light of the presence of a political umbrella that enables the emergence of strong and influential Arab media. Jabr added that the challenges that Arabs face and that the media must deal with are one. We are facing a number one problem, which is terrorism that has infiltrated Arab societies and attacks religious, human and moral values. Islam is based on certain principles based on tolerance and good advice, while terrorism moves in the opposite direction. Therefore, Arab societies must arm their youth with experience, knowledge and awareness, because terrorism fills their minds with ideas that favor terrorist societies and fills the minds of young people with ideas that are similar to dynamite and explosives. Here too we must emphasize that the media must support life and form an advanced line of defense to defend the Arab and Islamic identity. Religions do not conflict with homelands, and patriotism is part of the love of religion and the defense of the country, unlike those seeking terrorism.
Jabr warned about the social media war we are facing today, this vast space that works to strike values, and terrorism has a foothold in social media that starts by spreading propaganda and rumors for the purpose of incitement . To adopt awareness before closure. Awareness is the weapon we need to work on to spread during the current period, and the media has a very important role in this matter.
Dr. Ibtihal Al-Thurhi
Specialized in combating terrorism
Dr. Ibtihal Al-Tarihi from the Naif Arab University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) agreed with the views that require the need for joint efforts to protect the media from any extremism or make it accessible in this regard.
Al-Tarihi said, by virtue of my specialization in combating terrorism, it is possible for the media to play a positive role in protecting societies against extremism and terrorism, and to play an exemplary role in this regard. play, but this happens if the media is supported by legislation and strategies and plans are developed for this purpose, making it an achievable target. Al-Truhi warned of the need for concerted efforts to formulate strategies and policies governing the work of the media in modern ways compatible with social media, changes and developments in the media, negative behavior and the dangers that can influence public opinion through its multiple means.Today we need major steps to The media is a way to combat extremism and terrorism.

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