With the organization of the 31st Congress of the International Federation of Journalists (Ifj), which began on 31 May last year and ended today, Oman reaffirms its open international vision, not only from an economic point of view, but also from a cultural point of view, seeking to become a beacon in the Middle East region, as also demonstrated of its recent participation in the Venice Biennale. The Ifj Congress, which also participated in “Nova Agency “ with Head of External Relations Lamberto Dolciwas organized by the Association of Oman Journalists and hostedOman Convention and Exhibition Center. The event was sponsored by the company OQ, the national company for investments in the energy sector, which presented the sultanate’s strategy for sustainable development, which aims to promote the energy transition of over 250 delegates representing trade unions and trade associations from 92 countries. . Congress was led by Sayyid Asaad bin Tarik al Saidvice-premier in charge of international relations and personal representative of the sultan Haitham bin Tarik.
In an interview with the radio program “Sabah al Shabab”, Oman’s Minister of Information said, Abdullah bin Nasser Al Harrasi, he said that “the media play a fundamental and active role in identifying and improving countries and societies, raising awareness of different areas and developing the intellectual and cultural dimensions of communities in their different areas”. This conference, attended by over 250 journalists from media from around the world, is “an opportunity to make the Sultanate of Oman known in all its aspects, natural, historical and cultural,” the minister said. Al Harrasi further noted that “this conference is also an appreciation of the Omani media, which for over 50 years has played a central role in national consciousness, guiding society towards what is good, and seeking to improve and develop young people’s thinking. and skills. and their knowledge through various programs ”.
The presence of journalists from all over the world in an Arab country in the Gulf made it possible to highlight the role of press freedom and media actors in a conflict-ridden region such as the one in the Middle East. Furthermore, this year’s edition saw the formation of a new regional group, the Federation of Asia Pacific Journalists. She was elected president of the newly formed regional federation Sabina Inderjitfrom the Federation of Journalists of India, while the Vice-Presidency was entrusted with acclamation to Salim Hamad Al Jahwari, current Vice President of the Association of Oman Journalists.
As pointed out in “Nova Agency” from Raffaele Lorusso – Secretary-General of the Italian National Press Federation (FNSI) elected to the Congress of the IFJ Executive Committee – one of the central themes of this 31st Congress was certainly security, “because journalists are increasingly under attack and as we have seen in all parts of in the world there is no country that is more secure than the other. ” According to Lorusso, “there are certainly countries where one’s life is at risk, especially in war zones, but also in other countries, as happened in Europe during the pandemic, journalists have become targets in ‘no vax’ demonstrations with threats, intimidation and aggression”. In fact, Congress revealed that violence against journalists has increased everywhere, especially in four countries in the eye of the storm: Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, Mexico, Yemen, Ukraine. In this context, a number of testimonies from relatives of murdered journalists were presented during the event, and on 1 July last July, the delegates recalled the journalist from “Al Jazeera”, Shireen Abu Akhlehkilled on May 11 in Jenin while covering a raid by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in a Palestinian refugee camp.
Lorusso also stressed the uniqueness of having organized the Congress of the International Federation of Journalists (Ifj) in Muscat. “Oman is a part of the Arab world where there is a strong connection to one’s roots and traditions, but there is also an openness to innovation, technological progress and above all also to culture”. According to Lorusso, there is a “great cultural ferment” in the country and it is positive “to see that there is theater, concert and opera season”.
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