Dubai ruler says media has important part to play in enhancing the region's ability to deal with current challenges
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has called on the country's media to play its part in enhancing the region’s ability to deal with current challenges.
His remarks came during his meeting with Arab media personalities participating in the 18th edition of the Arab Media Forum, organised by the Dubai Press Club.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his appreciation for the media’s efforts and highlighted its role in helping the region deal with the various changes that have taken place in the Arab world over the past few years.
He said: “The media possesses the power of the word and utilises this power to make a positive impact on the community. Good words will grow and prosper. The media must maintain high levels of integrity and professionalism."
The Dubai ruler also talked about the role of the media in combating hate speech and misleading ideologies.
“A balanced discourse, constructive ideas and openness are the real weapons that media should use to combat hate speech. The media is our main partner in protecting Arab youth and motivating their minds to go beyond mere personal interests,” he said.
In addition to using modern technologies, Sheikh Mohammed also called on media organisations to develop their human capital.