International Press Institute’s 65th annual summit, launched in Doha

International Press Institute’s (IPI) 65th annual summit kicked off in the Qatari capital, Doha, under the theme “the future information and media”, attended by over 350 journalists and media executives.

Lebanon was represented by the Director of the National News Agency (NNA), Laure Sleiman.

Several speeches were delivered on the occasion, starting with the director of the China News Agency: Xinuha, said that the rapid development of information and digital technology caused a revolution in the information sector and posed unprecedented challenges for traditional media worldwide.

The Executive Director of the Associated Press, Gary Pruitt, stressed the importance of the summit, particularly during the current situation.

He deemed such a gathering would help the international media to focus their discussions on the future of information and the means to face the challenges of the market.

The Managing Director of Al Jazeera, Sawwak Moustapha, said that the international summit called the media to assume their social responsibilities.

The summit resumed on Monday morning its work in several sessions that focused on the freedom of the press as well as the importance of the protection of journalists.

The Director of NNA, Laure Sleiman Saab, said in her speech that the work of journalists was a message, noting that international conventions ensured their protection.

She wondered in her word about the protection of journalists while they are on duty in areas controlled by terrorist organizations, “which do not respect neither laws nor norms, and resort to executing journalists, arrest them and detain their freedom.”

Sleiman raised the issue of Lebanese journalist Samir Kassab, detained in Syria, calling for the dissociation of journalists, for they were only assuming their responsibilities.

Source: National News Agency