4th Industrial Revolution has turned media into a battlefront, says Jordanian minister

Mohammad Al-Momani
Updated 27 November 2017
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4th Industrial Revolution has turned media into a battlefront, says Jordanian minister

RIYADH: The 4th Industrial Revolution resulted in wars being waged through traditional and social media, turning the media as a whole into a battlefront, said Mohammad Al-Momani, minister of state for media affairs and communications and Jordan government spokesman.
He warned: “Terrorists’ advanced employment of the media and social networking sites is a challenge for us. We must find effective ways to address all segments of society and protect them against extremist content.”
This came during the first meeting of the Defense Ministers of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), held on Sunday in Riyadh under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and under the slogan “Allied against terrorism.”
Al-Momani spoke about the role of media, especially social media, in combating terrorism and extremism, as well as raising awareness and educating people against hate speech that leads to terrorism.
He pointed out that the media’s role is ongoing, it must be comprehensive and should address all segments of society to combat the propaganda produced by terrorist organizations’ media, and produce genuine media content that protects society against extremist thoughts and radical ideologies.
He added: “Terrorist groups have exploited social media to spread their dark ideologies, attract supporters and falsely attribute their extremism to Islam.
“Although terrorist groups have received mega strikes and were defeated in many territories during the past few months, the war is not over yet, especially the media war, which will continue to protect our societies against the dangers of extremist thoughts and strengthen the media as an effective tool for combating terrorism.”
He stressed that Arab and Muslim countries need to intensify coordination and the exchange of experiences and ideas, in addition to building on previous achievements and seeking effective mechanisms for combating terrorism at intellectual and ideological levels and refuting allegations, myths and suspicious ideas that contradict human and religious values and principles.
The Jordanian minister referred to his country’s experience in using the media as a battlefront for fighting terrorism at three main levels, the first of which is the political and professional level, which defines agendas, policies and means of interaction for dealing with all kinds of media in a professional and an open manner to promote and strengthen professional media that seeks only the truth.
The second level is the legal one, which includes laws and regulations that protect societies and establish clear penalties for violations, while the third level is the security level through which the media is monitored for any violations that include hate speech, promoting extremist ideas or recruiting terrorists.
Al-Momani said that there is a real need for raising an enlightened generation that believes in a bright future and does not give in to dark and extremist thoughts.
“Traditional and social media must not be a weakness point through which our enemies destroy our societies, provoke division and fanaticism, create chaos and destabilize our security and stability,” he added.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.