World Media Summit kicks off in Doha

DOHA, March 20 (KUNA) — The World Media Summit kicked off in the Qatari capital Doha Sunday with the large participation from international media organizations.
Speaking at the opening session, Chairman of the Board of Al Jazeera Media Network Sheikh Hamad Al Thani stated that choosing a Middle Eastern country to host the World Media Summit shows the growing world interest in the rapid and drastic changes in the region.
He added that many journalists have sacrificed their lives in the past few years to guarantee the availability of credible information and news coverage.
He underlined the importance of cooperation among media organizations to provide better protection for journalists.
Sheikh Hamad stated the non-stop developments in telecommunication and information technology paves the way for greater collaboration and coordination among media outlets.
The World Media Summit serves as an efficient platform for media organizations to communicate and pool collective wisdom for their survival and development, convening every 2-3 years.
The summit was jointly initiated by Xinhua News Agency and other leading media organizations. The WMS has built up its own structure and mechanism, including the summit, the presidium and the secretariat. This year, the third World Media Summit is hosted by Al Jazeera Media Network.
During the two-day summit, around 350 delegates from 100 countries explores the major challenges media organizations are facing, from the decade-old giants, to the start-ups pushing the boundaries of content and distribution. (end) nnd.ibi