The Advisory Council on Monday discussed a draft law on the establishment of a media city in Qatar.

The discussion took place during the regular weekly session of the council under the chairmanship of HE the Advisory Council Speaker, Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

Under the draft law, the media city has a "moral personality and an independent budget aimed at managing and developing media activity and attracting international media, technology companies, research and training institutions in the fields of media and digital media", QNA states.

It also aims to "achieve economic and professional integration with various state projects and provide an interactive environment by licensed companies working in the media city", which have the authority to grant licences for television and radio broadcasting as well as licenses for the publishing and distribution of newspapers, magazines and books for eligible companies.

Following the discussion, the Advisory Council decided to refer the draft law to the Information and Cultural Affairs Committee for consideration and report thereon to the council.

In September, the Cabinet had approved a draft law on the establishment of a media city. Besides the above-mentioned objectives, the establishment of the media city is also aimed at supporting and encouraging projects and establishing investment funds in the media, according to reports.

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