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UAE Ambassador to Lebanon Addresses Role of Media in Fighting Extremism

UAE Ambassador to Lebanon Addresses Role of Media in Fighting Extremism

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018 - 09:15
UAE Ambassador to Lebanon Ahmad Saeed al-Shamsi
Beirut- Asharq Al-Awsat
UAE Ambassador to Lebanon Hamad Saeed al-Shamsi announced Tuesday that a seminar organized by the Embassy in Beirut aimed at examining means of making media effective to combat extremism instead of being one of its tools.

In the seminar, entitled "The Role of Media in Fighting Extremism," Shamsi stressed that media should also be protected in order not to transform into a theater for terrorist acts.

“Our policies to address all those who support violence and hatred do not differentiate between a group or a state,” he added.

"We all agree that extremists have sought and succeeded in turning media into platforms to promote misinformation and attract young people to carry out harmful acts, damaging their societies," Shamsi said.

“Based on the foundation established by founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in terms of showing tolerance, moderation, and openness to others, the wise leadership took a clear decision to confront extremism on more than one level,” he explained.

“It formed its government to include a Ministry of Tolerance, in which the main objective is to be an oasis of tolerance, combating discrimination and hatred and eliminating terrorism.”

He emphasized the importance of media in the fight against extremism and the significant role played by the youth in providing innovative ideas in this matter.

Shamsi pointed out that youth councils in the UAE play an active role, in cooperation with advanced research and scientific centers, to hold conferences and seminars to come up with national ideas within the overall vision to combat extremism.

"The situation is becoming more dangerous as some people are using media as platforms to incite hatred.”

He also stressed that the UAE was the first to deal with extremism and terrorism.

Notably, the seminar was organized by the UAE Embassy in Beirut along with Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) in the American University in Beirut (AUB). It was attended by Shamsi, Charge d'Affaires at the Saudi embassy in Beirut Walid al-Bukhari and a large number of reporters.

The first session discussed violent extremist media, professional ethics, and media professionalism to combat extremism and promote a culture of tolerance.

The second session addressed the problems of intellectual extremism in media, the language of extremism in media, and extremism in religious media.

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