The fourth meeting of the Media Experts Group dedicated to the evaluation and updating the Arab Media Action Plan Abroad, set the Palestinian cause on the centerstage of Arab Media Action priorities.
The two-day-long meeting will witness the participation of the Arab Leagues member states, and media organisations and unions.
Qatar will be represented by Qatar Media Corporation.
The Qatar Media Corporation is represented in the meeting by Director of the Department of Planning, Quality, and International Co-operation Ahmed Ghasab al-Hajri and Head of the International Co-operation and Agreements Department Sheikh Ahmed bin Thani al-Thani.
The Deputy Secretary General, Director of the Department of Media and Communication, Ahmed Rachid Khattabi, said the Media Action Plan has set the Palestinian cause as the number one Arab cause of the Arab Media action priority, in addition to "enhancing Arab collective image, the protection of our spiritual sanctuaries, and our intellectual and civilisational traditions, in the context of a media containment policy to counter the hate, and right wing populist movements in the Western space, where our communities are falling victim to misunderstandings and biased personal projections."
Khattabi said "third goal of the action plan is countering cross-border extremism and terrorism in our national countries," pointing to the readiness to engage in a process of evaluation of this plan with all invested partners.
He said the Arab League looks forward to updating the media action plan that would ensure the effective implementation of the plan in accordance with a media system that has integrity and possesses the ability to influence and persuade the international public opinion.
The meeting will review the perspectives of member states and their invested media establishments in order to co-ordinate and come up with a final draft that will be submitted to the Arab Council of Information Ministers, especially in order to complete the launch of the media observatory for the development and sustainability map, and the compact platform project, in the context of an evaluation of the Arab Media Action Plan, as well as the setting of the best mechanisms to update the plan.