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Press freedom conf. to open in Kuwait Wed.

KUWAIT, April 4 (KUNA) -- Chairman of the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) Moayd Allami said the press and media freedom conference, due to start here on Wednesday, will debate the status quo of the press freedom in the Arab world and Middle East region.
Speaking to KUNA on Tuesday evening, Allami said the two-day event, being organized by Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA), will gather more than 20 veteran journalists from across the Arab world and representatives of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
"The conferees will exchange views on how to promote the press freedom and help the journalists play their roles in the development of their societies," he stated.
"They will also explore ways for supporting the Arab newspapers, particularly the independent press institutions, and boosting the press profession amid the challenges posed by modern media.
"The agenda topics include a proposal to launch a regional mechanism to protect the press freedom and a draft press freedom declaration," Allami added. (end) fs.gb