Training program for Saudi journalists opens today

Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad. (Photo/Twitter)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Training program for Saudi journalists opens today

  • The training aims to develop the capacities of media professionals and journalists in dealing with human rights issues

RIYADH: Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, will inaugurate a training program for Saudi journalists and media specialists on Tuesday.
The training titled “Human-rights based approach in journalism” is being organized by the commission in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR).
International experts from the OHCR and UN Resident Coordinator Nathalie Fustier will also attend the two-day program.
The training aims to develop the capacities of media professionals and journalists in dealing with human rights issues. It will introduce them to the international framework of human rights and sharpen their skills to tackle these issues.
On the first day, experts will focus on the international human rights law, as well as the work of the UN. The sessions will also cover legal media regulation in the Kingdom.  

On the second day, the importance of journalists’ role in promoting human rights will be highlighted.
Participants will also get to learn about the real experiences of journalists.
   

 


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.