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UAE urges UN to improve media programme on Palestinian issue

posted on 15/10/2005: 729 views

New York - The UAE has urged the United Nations to set up more of its affiliated regional press centres to boost public awareness on its objectives. It also urged the world body to boost its media activities on the Palestinian issue and the situation in the Middle East, particularly issues dealing with exposing to the international community the sufferings of the Palestinian people as a result of the ill-practices of the Israeli occupation.

The statement was made in UAE address delivered here last night by Saeed Rashid Sultan Alwan Al Habsi, Member of the UAE delegation to the United Nations, during a session held at the UN Headquarters by the fourth committee of the UN General Assembly to discuss the media clause.

Al Habsi said having acknowledged the significant role being played by the media in effecting the current changes on the international scene, the UN needs to use this viable tool to serve the multi-dimension objectives that the international community so much cherishes in the areas of security, peace and the achievement of sustainable world development, adding that the free-flow of information being witnessed today throughout the world by means of the internet and satellite TV channels had widened the already big gap between people in the developed world and those in the developing world.

Al Habsi expressed the UAE's concern on this growing information and media gap between the poor and the rich countries. He said these disparities had contributed immensely in the neglect of highlighting on a number of important issues and problems being faced by Third World countries, adding that it had also contributed immensely to the intentional distortion of historic facts by some unscrupulous western media outlets.

He reiterated the UAE's stance, which calls for international code of conduct for the media to lay down the legal and ethical standards to ensure objectivity, transparency and credibility in the delivery of messages, in addition to upholding other principles which call for respect for religions and cultural diversity. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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