'Media should spread culture of tolerance'

Dubai - The session, entitled "Dialogue of Civilisations", highlighted how the Western media deals with the issues in the Arab region.



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Amira Agarib

Published: Thu 12 May 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 12 May 2016, 12:08 PM

Dialogue between civilisations is important to achieve understanding and peaceful coexistence between peoples and to avoid wars, conflicts, fanaticism and terrorism, according to journalists speaking at the Arab Media Forum.
The session, entitled "Dialogue of Civilisations", highlighted how the Western media deals with the issues in the Arab region, as well as the role they play in conducting the dialogue between Arab culture and other cultures, and the negative impact of some of the Western media on those efforts.
During the session, Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson of the Hindustan Times Group, said the events of September 11 brought a wave of racism that showed the fragility of peaceful coexistence, which continues today, even in countries such as France in which tensions exist between minorities and other groups.
Taking India as an example, Bhartia explained that tolerance exists in India due to the secular culture founded by the Constitution and the law, and noted the presence of Muslims despite the difficult period of the partition with Pakistan.
Bhartia added that she regrets the lack of entrusted media with the role played towards the promotion of tolerance between peoples, as the media did not win the confidence of the public, and relies too much on social media.
amira@khaleejtimes.com


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