DCMF event receives thumbs down
Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) organised a special event to mark the World Press Freedom Day, but participants were left unimpressed, reports The Peninsula.
The event at Hilton Hotel included a photo exhibition of crimes against journalists, a caricature exhibition of entries by participants of the cartoon competition organised by DCMF, and a seminar on Qatar’s media landscape. However, those who attended the seminar were left disappointed because rather than debating the crucial topic of media freedom, speakers who were journalists mainly spoke of their career achievements.
One of the Qatari participants described the event as “an amateurish debate or discussions like the ones that are held in our majlis everyday”. Read full report here.
No censorship in Qatar?
According to panelists, the government of Qatar had never put a ban on the media and that it was local media organisations who adopted the policy of self-censorship.
One of the speakers, Dr Elham Badr Al Sada, the first Qatari woman to join TV said that in the 27 years of her career, she never had to face any censorship issues from the government.
Al Sada also mentioned about how she felt that it was wrong to call Al Jazeera as a symbol of media freedom. It was Qatar TV that covered bolder and crucial issues.
JustHere had earlier done an article where some senior reporters and editors in the country spoke about the constraints they have to work under, some even commenting that they saw no benefit from the establishment of the DCMF. Read the full article here.
The Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) recently issued its first annual report for 2012. As per the press statement issued by DCMF, the report presents the old and new challenges that threaten journalists and their profession and aims at strengthening the “immunity” required to allow media organisations to continue their noble mission to serve citizens through promotion of democracy, justice and human rights. There’s also a report on media laws and regulations in the Gulf available online. Click here.