Information ‘not enough’: Shoura censures ministry

Information ‘not enough’: Shoura censures ministry
Updated 13 June 2013

Information ‘not enough’: Shoura censures ministry

Information ‘not enough’: Shoura censures ministry

The Shoura Council yesterday lambasted the Ministry of Culture and Information for presenting a weak annual report to the consultative body and said the report failed to meet its expectations.
“The ministry’s report gave poor coverage of cultural events as its main focus was on media activities,” said Fahaad Al-Hamad, assistant president.
Some Shoura members had the impression that it was a “weak report” that does not suit the council’s stature, Al-Hamad said, adding that the report did not take into consideration the Shoura’s previous observations.
During the discussion, a Shoura member proposed the culture portfolio be separated from the Information Ministry and be attached with the Ministry of Education “as culture goes well with education.”
Another member called for opening Saudi media centers outside the Kingdom to play a public relations role and enhance the country’s international image.
Complaints were also raised against some of the newly licensed FM radios for airing substandard programs.
Shoura members also suggested that the ministry along with Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities take over the organization of Janadriyah heritage festival after the National Guard, the present organizer, was transformed into a ministry.