31st IFJ Congress begins in Muscat


The 31st International Congress of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) kicked off on Tuesday at the Oman Convention andExhibition Center, hosted by the Omani Journalists Association, and it will continue until the third of next June.

The official inauguration will be held later today under the patronage of His Highness SayyidAsaad bin Tarik al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan.

The conference discussed the policy of the International Federation of Journalists towards some social issues, in addition to the founding meeting of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Journalists, which consists of representatives of the journalists’ unions in Asia and the Pacific, which is the fourth regional group of the International Federation of Journalists, after the European Union of Journalists, the African Union of Journalists, and the Union of Journalists Latin America and the Caribbean.

The speakers also Territories also delivered speeches on pandemic reporting, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on journalism and newsrooms, and the initiatives launched by the International Federation of Journalists to support its members from unions and press associations to save jobs and lives over the past two years.

In conjunction with the conference, a meeting was held for the Gender Council and its newly elected administrative body, which discussed the procedures and initiatives taken by the Council in the past three years and the adoption of its policies for the years 2022-2025.

During the opening ceremony, the Sultanate of Oman award for the best press photo in the world will be announced, and 5 families of journalists who lost their lives while performing their journalistic work will be honored.

“The 31st Congress of the IFJ aims to introduce media work in the Sultanate of Oman and cooperation between various media institutions, in addition to introducing the Omani journalists and media persons to all the details of this large organization, which includes more than 600,500 journalists around the world,” said Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak al Araimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Omani Journalists Association.

He added that the work of the conference will include dialogue sessions that include many journalists from different countries of the world, during which their experiences in media will be presented to the benefit of the participants, by journalists from both inside and outside the Sultanate of Oman, in addition to a lecture on the foreign policy of the Sultanate of Oman and a lecture on the Oman Vision 2040. —PR


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