WAM MANAMA, 26th March, 2014 (WAM) — The Bahraini Minister of State for Information Affairs, Sameera Ebrahim bin Rajab, has inaugurated the 13th Gulf Radio and TV Festival at Sheikh Abdulaziz Hall, University of Bahrain (UoB).
The event was organised by the Gulf Radio and Television Corporation (GRTC) in collaboration with the Information Affairs Authority (IAA).
The Bahraini News Agency, BNA, said that the Minister delivered a speech on the occasion in which she affirmed that Gulf society in particular and Arab society in general are youthful communities which make the future of a nation, and that focusing on youths is one of the elements of developing a successful media, 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 driving force of community security and stability is public awareness which could be achieved through multiple mechanisms, most important of which is media of various forms and shapes and unlike what some believe; that the security of peoples could be restricted to law enforcement, legislations, military defence, 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, and the Minister urged officials in charge of such sensitive sectors in 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 through drama to portray a negative, distorted, obliterated image of the social, cultural and economic development of communities.
The Minister also said that there are some national media bodies ‘working haphazardly without any strategic vision in the media arena’ which inadvertently contributes to shortcomings against 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 the 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 and mechanisms.
The Minister said that the Festival is a great opportunity to exchange opinions and expertise with participating brothers and sisters in order to boost the media industry and to benefit the Gulf and Arab peoples.