Gaza tragedy, Western media bias top agenda at Saudi Media Forum next week

Gaza tragedy, Western media bias top agenda at Saudi Media Forum next week
File photo of a session in progress at the Saudi Media Forum 2023. (AN Photo/Saad Al-Dosari)
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Updated 16 February 2024
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Gaza tragedy, Western media bias top agenda at Saudi Media Forum next week

Gaza tragedy, Western media bias top agenda at Saudi Media Forum next week
  • ‘Gaza in the Media: Between Misrepresentation and Bias’ will analyze allegations of the Western media’s partiality toward Israel
  • The forum expects more than 2,000 participants from around the globe

RIYADH: The third Saudi Media Forum, which takes place from Feb. 19-21 in Riyadh, will put the focus on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the perceived bias of the Western media.
A dedicated session called “Gaza in the Media: Between Misrepresentation and Bias” will analyze allegations of the Western media’s partiality toward Israel and the inaccuracies in its portrayal of the Gaza conflict.
The session will aim to uncover the dimensions of the Western media in its coverage of the Gaza war, with the participation of journalists, media professionals, and senior officials.
Former Kuwaiti Minister of Information Saad bin Tefla Al-Ajmi; Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat Ghassan Charbel; and Assistant Secretary-General and Supervisor of the Media and Communication Sector at the Arab League Ahmed Khattabi are some of the participants in the dialogue.
The session will explore several key aspects, including how the media handles events in Gaza amid Western misrepresentation and bias.
It will delve into the Arab media’s utilization of events in Gaza to reiterate the Palestinian cause to the international political and media stage.
It will also examine how the events in Gaza pose a genuine test for the media, showcasing examples of Arab journalists’ experiences with the Palestinian issue.
The forum, which is a collaboration between the Saudi Broadcasting Authority and the Saudi Journalists Association, expects more than 2,000 participants from around the globe.
It will also host the “Future of Media Exhibition,” the largest such exhibition in the Middle East, with over 200 local and international companies participating.
Sessions will cover various media domains, including sports, the economy, entertainment, and tourism, and their relationship with the applications of intelligence and media practices.
Global sports journalism will take center stage at the forum with Gianni Merlo, president of the International Sports Press Association, and Jose Felix Diaz, editor-in-chief of Marca newspaper, among participants at the sessions.
The parties will discuss the Kingdom’s experiences in “Saudi Sports: Grand Transformations from Local to Global.” They will explore the relationship between sports and media, the soft power it yields, and the role of sports media coverage in shaping national identity and international perceptions.
An awards ceremony to celebrate media innovation and creativity will conclude the forum.
Bringing together the region’s top media and entertainment professionals, the forum — which boasts over 30 sessions — aims to establish communication bridges with various specialized media institutions.
Its goal is to elevate the quality of media and entertainment production, keeping pace with ever-evolving technological advances.
Additionally, the forum seeks to enhance the Saudi media industry and strengthen the Kingdom’s position globally in the rapidly evolving media landscape.


Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry

Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry
Updated 29 May 2024
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Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry

Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry
  • Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits can enter Makkah
  • Interior ministry says penalties to be imposed on anyone violating the rules

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.
Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.
The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.
“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.
Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj

First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj
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First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj

First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj

RIYADH: The first Yemeni pilgrims to the Kingdom to perform Hajj this year arrived through Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.

The Saudi government simplified the Yemeni visitors’ travel with immigration officers ensuring entry procedures were carried out smoothly, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports “has exerted every effort to ensure that the entry of pilgrims is facilitated, equipping all international border crossings with advanced technology and trained staff proficient in different languages spoken by pilgrims,” the report added.

Saudi Arabia in 2019 launched the Makkah Route Initiative to help Hajj pilgrims from seven countries — Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkiye and Ivory Coast — with their visa, customs and passport requirements.

The government program issues visas electronically and collects biometric data, carrying out all travel procedures at the airports of the countries of departure, including ensuring that pilgrims have a clean bill of health. Baggage is coded and sorted to meet the transport and accommodation arrangements while pilgrims are in the Kingdom.

King Salman earlier ordered the hosting of 2,322 Hajj pilgrims, a group that includes 1,000 family members of Palestinians killed or wounded by Israel or held in Israeli prisons.


Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season
Updated 29 May 2024
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Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.

Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.

The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.

“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.

Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
  • The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna
  • The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Ministry of Economy and Planning has signed a cooperation agreement with its Austria counterpart, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna between the Kingdom’s Economy and Planning Minister Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim and Austria’s Labor and Economy Minister Martin Kocher.

The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises.

The countries will also organize conferences and seminars featuring experts in their fields.

The parties are committed to protecting mutual intellectual property rights, the SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia and Austria first signed economic, commercial, industrial and technology agreements in 2004.


Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
  • The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting

RIYADH: The Kingdom has retained its leadership position in the Global Research Council, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland this week.

The reelection to this position, for the second time since the body’s establishment in 2012, confirms the council’s confidence in Saudi Arabia, the SPA reported.

The council highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting research, development and innovation in the Middle East North Africa region, the report added.

The council comprises heads of research institutions that fund projects globally.