Palestinian journalist elected as vice chair of IPI

IPI Director Barbara Trionfi, Jesper Holberg of IMS, and Daoud Kuttab.
Updated 11 June 2019
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Palestinian journalist elected as vice chair of IPI

The board of the International Press Institute (IPI) unanimously elected Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab as vice chair of the international press monitoring association. Kuttab was chosen at the board meeting held on the sidelines of the International World Congress in Geneva.

Kuttab said that his election is a sign of the importance the world community is giving to the future of independent journalism in the Middle East. “Our region is still very much in turmoil and the people of the region as well as the world have a right to hear correct, balanced and well-researched professional news,” he said.

Kuttab said that he hopes that he can use his new role to shine a light at the profession and to highlight the importance of independent journalism in the Arab world.

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida was honored at the conference with the IPI World Press Freedom Hero award. Jesper Hoijberg, executive director of the International Media Support, presented the Free Media Pioneer Award to Lina Atallah of Mada Masr Mada.

The IPI is planning to hold its next congress in the fall of 2020 at Columbia University in New York — the same location where it was established 75 years ago.

Formed in 1950, IPI was created specifically to advance the cause of journalism wherever it is practiced. IPI is the oldest global advocacy organization for the protection of freedom of the press. Based in Vienna, Austria, the institute comprises a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to protecting and promoting press freedom, freedom of opinion and expression, the free flow of news and information, and journalistic best practices around the globe. 


Millennium MEA confirms rights to Makkah hotel

The five-star Makkah Millennium Hotel is the closest hotel to the Holy Mosque, located by the Holy Haram Piazza in front of King Fahd Gate.
Updated 16 June 2019
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Millennium MEA confirms rights to Makkah hotel

Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa (MEA), a hotel management company in the region, has addressed its guests with deep regrets for the inconvenience they might have encountered during their stay at Makkah Millennium Hotel and Towers.
“It is with regret that Millennium and Copthorne had announced that on June 13, 2019 the owner of Makkah Millennium Hotel and Towers had unlawfully, and in contrary to the terms of the operating and management agreement, interfered with the exclusive rights of Millennium in the management and operation of the hotel and towers,” the company said in a press release.
“Millennium disagrees with the owner’s acts and had commenced proceedings to remove this interference and confirm Millennium’s exclusive rights to manage and operate the hotel and towers without interference from the owner or others.
“Millennium regrets any inconvenience this situation has caused or may continue to cause to its guests.”
The company said it is pursuing all available legal courses of action inside the Kingdom, and is confident of the Saudi judiciary system in the protection of rights and imposing of justice.
Operating 4,067 keys in the Kingdom, Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA has affirmed its commitment to the Saudi market and pledged to continue its efforts toward tourism, travel and hospitality sectors in Saudi Arabia to achieve the goals of Vision 2030 and beyond.
Millennium Hotels & Resorts is a global hotel company, which was founded in 1989, on the vision of its chairman, Kwek Leng Beng, who leads Singapore’s Hong Leong Group. With almost 40,000 rooms worldwide, the company currently operates 40 hotels, has 14 hotels due to open this year and 35 hotels in the pipeline across the region.
The five-star Makkah Millennium Hotel is the closest hotel to the Holy Mosque, located by the Holy Haram Piazza in front of King Fahd Gate.
The luxury hotel features direct views of the Grand Mosque and the Holy Kaaba. The hotel has five restaurants, namely, Jasmin Café, Al-Fayhaa Restaurant, Al-Andalus Restaurant, Al-Noor Restaurant and Lagenda Restaurant.
Makkah Millennium Hotel is located close to many main attractions in the city, including important Islamic holy sites that are less than five miles away. Zamzam well, Jabal Al-Nour, Cave of Hira and the Makkah museum are some of the nearby landmarks, while other areas of interest close by include a large shopping mall, supermarket, and a variety of international restaurants and lounges.