Saif bin Zayed: Journalists are Truth Ambassadors and our Partners in the Service of the Public
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, July 9th 2013 [ME NewsWire]: Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, met on Tuesday a number of Emirati journalists, who will host the legal Ramadan Councils organized by the Ministry of Interior across the various Emirates. The Ramadan Councils will be held throughout the holy month of Ramadan under the slogan “Law brings us together”, with a view to discuss various issues of interest to the community.
During the meeting, His Highness underscored the important role of the media in promoting the development and construction boom witnessed by the UAE in various fields. He commended members of the media, calling them ambassadors of truth and efficient partners in the endeavor to enhance the level of services provided to the public through their national message, based on people's needs, views and aspirations.
His Highness reasserted that the achievements and successes made by the UAE in all fields reflect the excellence attained by the higher leadership and its keenness to see the UAE remain at the forefront of the safest and most stable countries in the world. Moreover, His Highness exchanged views with the journalists on a range of national-related topics, namely; raising young people; sports; education; entertainment; as well as issues aimed at promoting the values of loyalty and sense of belonging to the homeland and maintaining its good reputation.
The Ramadan Councils, held across the various Emirates of the State, will touch on the concept of law respect culture and its religious, social and legal importance; in encouraging individuals to respect the law out of conviction, not out of fear of punishment or legal penalty, by highlighting the role of the legal culture in protecting individuals from the repercussions of violating the provisions of the law.
At the end of the meeting, HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed called on members of the media to submit their proposals, so as to be leveraged to establish the Ministry of Interior's societal and services communication policies, and achieve the Federal Government's overall objectives to enhance the level of services provided to the public. For their part, the journalists expressed their happiness for this community-based gesture; lauding the distinguished cultural role played by the ministry's superiors and subordinates, characterized by transparency, modernization, and constructive cooperation with the various components of society.
The meeting was attended by Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Director - General of the Headquarters Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police; Colonel Dr. Fawaz Khalil Badran, Director of Tactical Affairs and Security Media, the General Secretariat of His Highness Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior;Colonel Saud Al Saadi, Director of the Secretariat of the Office of His Highness the Minister; and Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau.
Representing the media, attendees were as follows: Habib Al Sayegh, editorial manager of Al Khaleej Newspaper; Mohammed Al Hammadi, Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper; Sami Al Riyami, Editor in Chief 'Emarat Al Youm' Newspaper; Dr. HabibGhuloom, Director of Cultural and Community Activities at the UAE's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development; Mohammed Al Suweiji, manager of the Sharjah Channel, the Eastern Region; Mohamed Naguib, manager of Abu Dhabi sports TV network; Hassan Habib, Deputy Manager of Dubai Sports Channel;Fadila Al Mouini/ journalist with Al Bayan Newspaper; Aisha Sultan / journalist with Al Ittihad newspaper; Ali Singel / Dubai TV; Adnan Hamad, sports commentator on Dubai Sports Channel; Abdullah Khashif, Broadcaster on Radio Ajman; Abdul Rahim Al Batih, Director of Abu Dhabi TV's News Centre;Issa Al Mil, Manager Abu Dhabi Al Emarat TV; Ossama Al Amiri, presenter at Abu Dhabi Sports TV; Haitham Al Hamadi, presenter at Abu Dhabi Sports Channel; Rashid Al Kharji, presenter of Noor Dubai Radio; Abdullah Ismail, presenter of Sama Dubai TV; Faisal Bin Hariz, presenter at Sky News Arabia; Ali Al Salloum, media activist; Ahmed Al Yammahi, from Abu Dhabi TV; Ali Al Shamsi, presenter at the Abu Dhabi Al Emarat TV; journalists Hessa Al Esseily and Munther Al Muzki; and Abdullah Al Mutawa, Al Arabiya TV reporter in the UAE.
Moreover Lt. Col. Saeed Al Khaja, deputy director of the Security Media Department, the General Secretariat of His Highness Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, underscored the important role played by the Ramadan Councils, to consolidate positive community values. He pointed out that the Abu Dhabi Police, through its modern and contemporary approach, is keen to keep pace with societal events, and to achieve efficient communication and partnership, along with its purposeful awareness-raising role. Furthermore, he highlighted the significant media's role in ensuring the success of the event, in coordination with the Security Media Department, so as to promote positive values; bolster community members' knowledge; and promote education and guidance against negative phenomena, through awareness messages that enhance the level of general culture.
For his part, Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau, attributed the success of the Ramadan Councils' first edition launched last year, to the response and interaction of people who attended the various Ramadan Councils, organized across the seven emirates. This year, the Ramadan Councils will go door to door, to shed light on the Ramadan family atmosphere, and make the legal meetings friendlier and closer.
He stated: “This year's Ramadan Councils will have more momentum and efficiency to instill the collective spirit of this holy month. There will be four legal councils, which will tackle media, cultural, educational and sports topics; each of which will include seven simultaneous sessions held in each Emirate”.
The Councils will shed light on a set of laws inadvertently violated by some people, due to ignorance. They will also emphasize the need to establish a positive relationship between individuals and the law, to convince them that laws were issued for the specific goal of protecting them and achieving justice and equality in society. The Councils also aim to acquaint community members with the advantages of these laws, and the need to respect them.
The councils will also focus on the role of civil society institutions in instilling this positive culture in the community. Discussions will also touch on the role of the media in consolidating the Supreme positive values, and enhancing public awareness; by explaining the legal basics of freedom of expression.
In the same context, the educational council will review the role of social education institutions in instilling this culture in children, in order to protect them from the key factors that generate a disturbed character, non-compliant with laws and regulations and the values of the community. A special attention will be given to social networking sites to assess their impact on young people, and highlight the role of parent's' supervision in protecting children against their immature curiosity, which makes them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Furthermore, the sports council will discuss the sports image of celebrity athletes who represent a major factor of moral leadership in the community, sending implicit moral messages to the young generations through their behavior. As for the cultural council, it will explore the role of customs and traditions in law respect; as they complement the legal written rules, and are considered an important factor to reinforce national identity.
It is noteworthy that the Ramadan Councils reflect the Ministry of Interior's keenness to spread legal awareness among the various segments of society, institutions and individuals alike, with particular emphasis on the issues they face, by resorting to scientific expertise with high efficiency in this area.
The Ramadan Councils will tackle a number of legal issues and topics, notably the role of the media, educational and sports institutions, along with the various customs and traditions, in instilling the law respect culture. They will also address the impact of social networking sites on the youth, freedom and responsibility.