Manama: – (BNA): The Minister of State for Information Affairs Sameera Ebrahim bin Rajab has inaugurated the 13th Gulf Radio and TV Festival hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain at Shaikh Abdulaziz Hall, University of Bahrain (UoB). The event was organized by the Gulf Radio and Television Corporation (GRTC) in collaboration with the Information Affairs
Manama: – (BNA): The Minister of State for Information Affairs Sameera Ebrahim bin Rajab has inaugurated the 13th Gulf Radio and TV Festival hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain at Shaikh Abdulaziz Hall, University of Bahrain (UoB).
The event was organized by the Gulf Radio and Television Corporation (GRTC) in collaboration with the Information Affairs Authority (IAA). HM the King’s Advisor for Media Affairs Nabil bin Yaqoub Al-Hammer, Telecommunications Minister Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, and several officials and accredited ambassadors were also present, as well as creative Gulf and Arab artistes.
The Minister delivered a speech on the occasion in which she affirmed that the Gulf society in particular and the Arab society in general are youthful communities which make the future of our nation, and that focusing on youths category is one of the elements of developing a successful media in our countries which has become an inevitable reality and a pressing strategic choice more than at any other time in the past.
The Minister said that the main locomotive of community security and stability is public awareness which could be achieved through multiple mechanisms, most important of which is the media of various forms and shapes unlike what some persons believe that the security of peoples could be restricted to law enforcement, legislations, military defenses, signing security pacts and other conventional measures that protect nations.
Youths are the main target of media broadcasting on TV, radio, smart phones and social media. The Minister urged officials in charge of such a sensitive sector as the media to seriously contemplate the goals to be achieved through media production, programmes and drama. She warned that there are some media sides working pre-studiedly through drama to portray a negative, distorted, obliterated image of the social, cultural and economic development of our communities.
The Minister alluded that there are some national media sides working haphazardly without any strategic vision in the media arena which inadvertently contributes to shortcomings against our communities. She urged Gulf and Arab States and Governments to give priority to the media and drama industry in their projects and plans in view of the direct impact of the media and drama on public awareness, security and stability of the communities and preservation of culture.
The Minister pointed out that the media industry requires huge investment capabilities and budgets which should be made available so as to accomplish its objectives in the best manner. The media industry is a heavy industry which is not less important than the oil industry and requires intricate production processes, mechanisms, she stressed.
The Minister said that the Festival is a great opportunity to exchange opinion, expertise with the participating brothers and sisters in order to boost our media industry and to benefit our Gulf and Arab peoples. (IY)