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A specialised committee set up by the Federal National Council (FNC) and the female students at the Zayed University (ZU) entered yesterday into a debate on a number of media related issues including the policy of the National Media Council on developing the country's media law.
The debate held at the convention hall at the ZU, also attracted participation from professors from various universities and media experts.
The debate came as part of a plan of the FNC Committee on education, youth, media and culture to study the media scene undergoing fast development in the country. The findings will be incorporated to a report which will be presented to the FNC, the country's parliament, for discussion, said Dr. Mona Al Bahr, chairwoman of the committee.
Media education in the country and the curricula followed by various universities came under criticism as many students argued that teaching of mass communication in English language poses a challenge to them because it does not address either the reality of media in the UAE or the legislation that governs it.
The debate gradually extended to other areas such as the policy of the National Media Council on developing the country's media legislation, the national identity in the light of the global openness, national culture and the role of media in protecting the national identity.
The difficulties facing the media sector, the extent of the need for a uniform legislation at the state level, Emiratisation of the media work and the major constraints faced by the citizens working in media also came up for discussion. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
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