Governments must counter Daesh through social media

Governments must counter Daesh through social media

An effective, truthful, sincere, and timely communication strategy between people and their governments that are fighting extremist groups is currently the need of the hour.



By Dhanusha Gokulan (reporter)

Published: Sun 22 Feb 2015, 4:53 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:17 PM

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, giving a speech on the opening day of the International Government Communication Forum at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.-  Photo by M.Sajjad/ Khaleej Times

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, giving a speech on the opening day of the International Government Communication Forum at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.-  Photo by M.Sajjad/ Khaleej Times  

Sharjah: Concentrated military action against religious extremist groups like Daesh is only a short-term solution. Using social media as an effective tool, academic circles and religious leaders need to target the youth, and protect them from extremist ideologies, said Faisal Al Fayez, the First Deputy Speaker of the Jordanian Senate Council.

An effective, truthful, sincere, and timely communication strategy between people and their governments that are fighting extremist groups is currently the need of the hour, according to policy makers and experts at the first day of the International Government Communication Forum in Sharjah (Sunday, February 22). Governments must adopt social media as a counter-effective tool for this purpose.

Speaking at a panel discussion, Al Fayez stated that if governments communicate efficiently with the Arab youth, they should not be attracted to extremist ideologies. Governments must tell the truth to its people, because there is credibility in the truth, added Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004).

The panelists included General Sir Richard Shirref, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander NATO Europe (2011-2014). The three speakers were in conversation with Jeremey Bowen, Middle East Editor at the BBC.

 

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com


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