Minister of Communication, Spokesperson of the Government, Hassane Rabehi, called on Wednesday from Cairo, for the development of a common Arab strategy with a view to promoting the culture of tolerance and stamping out feelings of discrimination and hatred.
Speaking at the opening of the 50th ordinary session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information, Rabhi said that the events "proved the involvement of some international media in causing sedition and praising the feelings of discrimination and hatred that threaten the harmony of societies and the stability of countries."
"This requires Arab countries to address the various slippages, through the implementation of a common Arab strategy to exploit all types of media, with a view to promoting the culture of tolerance which is is now a vital criterion for the progress of societies," he added.
"Through these approaches, we will enable Arab media to contribute professionally to guiding the peaceful choices of the recipient, by privileging dialogue as a priority principle in all relations,” said the minister.
"The responsibility of the Arab media is great at the human and intellectual level to promote a culture of tolerance and raise awareness of its importance as a fundamental factor in building healthy human relations and blocking the path of propagandists, hatred and exclusion," Rabhi said.
He also said that "the Arab media will know how to spread the culture of tolerance that will prevent confusion or prejudice to the issues of our just, fateful and inalienable nation, which cannot be compromised or exchanged."
Speaking on the role of Arab media in promoting the culture of tolerance, which was proposed by the UAE and approved to be an axis for the Arab Council of Ministers of Information, Rabehi recalled that the Islamic religious authority "is full of quotations, Qur'anic verses and
hadiths that promote tolerance between humans, principles that have been followed by leader of the Algerian resistance, Emir Abdelkader for the dissemination of the values of peace and tolerance.”
"Tolerance, peace, openness and respect for the customs, cultures and specificities of societies are the guiding principles of Algeria to establish equality and democracy,” he added.
"Algeria has signed most of the conventions related to human rights, renunciation of violence and racial discrimination and still adheres to the principles of UN charter," said the Minister of Communication.
In this context, he said that "Algeria was the first, internationally, to propose an initiative to deal with extremism and hatred."
Algerian media also have "a pioneering experience in the promotion of human rights and the strengthening of feelings of affection and solidarity, added the same minister.
Furthermore, Algeria "pays special attention to the training of journalists and media professionals in the field of human rights, so that human values can be spread, especiall among young people," said Rabehi.
On the other hand, the Minister of Communication reviewed the results of the 49 th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information, which had been hosted by Algeria and which witnessed a number of achievements that "will contribute to the creation of a unified and effective Arab media scene, characterized by amazing technological development."
In this context, Rabehi pointed out that "during the previous session, the Arab Media Plan was adopted to address the unilateral American decision that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel."
In view of the strategic role assigned to the media, especially in the light of regional and international developments and the development of modern communication and information tools, the draft resolution for the Media Charter of Honor was presented during the session chaired by Algeria.
"An agenda was prepared for the implementation of the interim plan to achieve the goals of the Arab media strategy and the implementation of the Arab Media Plan for Sustainable Development 2030, adopted, in April 2018, by the 29th Arab League Council in Riyadh," concluded Minister of Communication, Spokesperson of the Government, Hassane Rabehi.