Sharjah Ruler meets with editors and other media personalities
The Ruler of Sharjah welcomed the participants, thanking Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi’s efforts to lead the media in Sharjah and work for its improvement, and his keenness to hold the annual meeting with media professionals.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City (Shams); Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director General of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority; Tariq Saeed Allay, Director General of Sharjah Government Media Office; Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director General of the Emirates News Agency (WAM); and Rashid Abdullah Al Obad, director of the SBA; Shehab Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of Sharjah Media City ‘Shams’; Alia Al Suwaidi, Director of SGMB, and Hassan Yaqoub Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Sharjah Media Council.
His Highness commended the efforts of media professionals in various media agencies, writers and daily newspapers across the country, highlighting his personal monitoring of what is written, published and broadcast.
He called on all who work in the field of the media to pay heed to the word and steer it in the right direction for the benefit of society and to stay away from what does not reflect compassion, cooperation and authenticity of society. He added that writing is a big responsibility and a journalist should always weigh his words and be on the right side, be free and transparent in order to benefit the people.
His Highness emphasized the importance of reading, recalling his memories of his journey with books since his childhood and early school days and the encouragement of his uncle, the late Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, who owned a library, where Dr. Sheikh Sultan used to spend a lot of time.
Dr Sheikh Sultan reviewed Sharjah’s walk with culture, the need for media involvement in disseminating information and the widespread interest of all members of society, to ensure that new generations know their history and their identity.
He read lines from the poem “The Sources of Glory”, which His Highness himself wrote for Sharjah. The poem chronicles and recounts Sharjah’s close relationship with books, reflecting Dr. Sheikh Sultan’s drive to spread culture and embrace it as a timeless message for the emirate.
He urged the media to seek knowledge and always say what is right, which can contribute to reforming society.