Qatar University marks World Press Freedom Day

  • 5 months   ago
On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Qatar University has raised awareness by sharing insights on the vitality of press freedom and freedom to express. 
This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme ‘Information as a Public Good’ calls to affirm the value of cherishing information as good and important among the public and exploring what can be done in the creation, dissemination, and reception of content to improve journalism, advance openness and empowerment by not leaving anything behind as it comes as an essentiality to share vital news and information among the public.
During this event, several media specialists at Qatar University shared their views on the significance of the free press in the country.  
Dr. Kamal Hamidou, Acting Department Head of Mass Communication, said that, “Journalism and media play a vital role in people’s lives and nations, as without them, the various other subsystems would be unable to function effectively. As a result of their progress in fulfilling their positions, nations ensure the free exchange of ideas, enriching the plurality of viewpoints and theories.”
“However, for journalism to be able to play such a role, the right atmosphere is required, one that makes the person aware of the role, believes in it, and defends it as a human right. Only by spreading a culture of freedom of speech can create this climate,” he added.
Kholeh Mortazawi, Academic researcher and Head of Section of Media & Publications, said: “There is a huge difference between the journalism profession in the pre-new media and the stage of new media. It has become a source of concern and necessitates the abandonment of one’s career. On the other hand, it has become less tiring, but it has become more demanding.”
Prof. Saddek Rabah, Professor of Mass Communication, stated that, “I believe we need journalism now more than ever before. it plays an important role in raising awareness, asking critical questions, posing conflicting theories, ascertaining facts, and putting them in a detailed context that helps people move safely in a world controlled by deception, forgery, psychological warfare, and propaganda.”