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Arab Media Forum flees for Amman

A major media event expected to take place in Beirut in April has been moved to Amman, "due to the developments on the Lebanese political scene," the project's administrators said Monday.

The secretary general of the of the Arab Media Board (AMB), Madi Khamis, said the Fourth Arab Media Forum will take place in Amman, Jordan from April 16 to 18, instead of Beirut, "for security reasons."

"We had planned for the forum to take place in Beirut, but recent developments prevented us from doing so," he said.

Khamis said Information Minister Ghazi Aridi was "understanding" of the sudden shift in plans. "I informed ... [Aridi] that the board was planning on having Beirut host next year's forum," he added.

Khamis said that a number of "prominent" figures in the Arab media will take part in the Arab Media Forum seminars in Amman, "to share their experiences with media professionals and the wider public.

The forum will also host an exhibition on mass media, in addition to information technologies. This year's winners of the Arab Media Excellency award will be announced at the end of the forum.

Khamis said that the forum aims to create "a strategic Arab media lobby" to counter media campaigns against Arabs and the Arab world. It also seeks to "promote an atmosphere of pluralism and dialogue within Arab media."

Marseille,02 12 2007
The Daily Star
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