Doha –Department of Mass Communication at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) hosted its second media symposium titled ‘Arab Media in Light of the Current Political Changes.’
The event aimed to highlight structural and referential changes of the Arab media in light of current political changes and to study level of independence of Arab media.
Attending the opening ceremony were Head, CAS Department of Mass Communication Dr Noureddine Miladi and CAS Gulf Studies Centre (GSC) Director Dr Majoob Zweiri, as well as CAS faculty and students.
The event brought together speakers from QU, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Al Jazeera Channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera. net, Al Sharq Newspaper, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, The Peninsula Qatar and Primary Health Care Corporation. They shared their knowledge and expertise on the issue of democracy in Arab media, and levels of coexistence between social media and traditional media in approaching the Arab political and social reality.
The first day featured three sessions moderated by CAS Professor of Public Relations and Chair of the symposium’s organising committee Prof Mohamed Kirat, Dr Noureddine Miladi, and CAS Professor of Mass Communication Prof Basyouni Hamada. Discussions focused on topics such as “Arab Journalistic Professionalism: Lessons from Egypt and the Gulf Crisis”, “Messengers and Villains: Roles Played by News Outlets in the GCC Crisis”, “Arab Media in Light of Current Developments: Freedom and Responsibility”, “Politics and Humanities in Arab Media”, “Political Changes in Arab World and the New Media”, “Arab Media and Professionalism”, “Challenges Facing the Professional Values Between Traditional Media and Alternative Media in the Arab Region after Revolutions of Arab Spring”, “Symbiotic Relationship Between Media and Terrorism”, etc.
The second day included three sessions moderated by CAS Assistant Professor of Online Journalism Dr Kamal Hamidou, CAS Associate Professor of Mass Communication Jamel Zran, and CAS Associate Professor of Public Relations Dr Mahmoud Galander. Discussions focused on “Misinformation of Siege Countries”, “Violence of Language in Culture of the Blockade”, “Media Values during Blockade”, and “Role of Qatari Media in Shaping Trends of Citizens Towards the Government’s Efforts to Face Effects of the Blockade.”
Dr Noureddine Miladi said: “While maintaining media outlets responsible of interactions within the political changes, many aspects related to relation between crises and media remain vague. Do all media outlets have the same influence on crises? Do they have same impact on the current situation in the region? What is the impact of political developments and changes on media? Did they affect the foundations of its ethical principles and professional activity? This symposium addresses the correlation between media and the current changes that are happening worldwide and serves to provide relevant outcomes that are of the benefit of the Arab media, especially at a time when the Arab world is undergoing a phenomenon of distortion, misinformation and confusion.”