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GCC shows teeth against media impugning it

RIYADH, March 29 (KUNA) -- GCC states should cumulatively adopt a bona fide strategy to answer back "distorted" media campaigns against them in some quarters, said a Kuwaiti official on Tuesday.
Assistant secretary of the ministry of Justice in Kuwait, Abdullatif Al-Serayyea, told KUNA after taking part in a forum on how to deal with media campaigns against the GCC, that the forum recommended forming a GCC panel to answer media charges against the GCC states in certain regional or international gatherings.
The response to these charges and campaigns should focus on the rule of law, personal freedoms, and human rights that are held as sacrosanct in the GCC societies, said Al-Serayyea.
Already, the GCC has embarked on formulating such a response through the establishment of a human rights bureau affiliated with the GCC general secretariat. This bureau's function is to document and propagate human rights in GCC states, he said, noting that the bureau does that in concert with government agencies and organizations that address human rights issues.
He further said that the very fact that Kuwait's Amir His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was honored by the UN as a humanitarian leader is vivid testimony that Kuwait and its sister GCC states have made great inroads into the field of humanitarian work and have supported human rights with ample earnestness.
He thanked the GCC general secretariat for sponsoring today's forum. (end) yms.ajs