RIYADH, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council condemns and rejects all "systematic and malicious" media campaigns directed against its member countries, and attempts to undermine their successes and contributions at regional and global forums and events, the six-nation bloc said on Thursday.
The bloc underlined the "need for a collective response to such campaigns that highlights their positive contributions in all fields," its information ministers said in a statement.
GCC media outlets "stand united in facing platforms that disregard religious and moral values, with an emphasis on the preservation of the family, its cohesion and development, as the natural and fundamental unit of society, its progress and prosperity." "The ministers touched on recent happenings, namely violations by some global digital platforms, including controls of content and advertisements, in a way that is inconsistent with religious and moral values in GCC countries, praising a statement issued by electronic media officials and agreeing on a unified position towards these platforms." This came during a meeting of GCC information ministers via video conference, headed by Saudi Arabia's Minister of Commerce and Acting Information Minister Majid Al-Qasabi, in the presence of GCC Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf.
They congratulated the leadership, government and people of Qatar on the launch of the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar and its historic opening.
They said the tournament reflects the "distinguished efforts and wonderful organisation made by Qatar in its preparation of this distinguished historical event." Saudi Arabia congratulated its leadership, government and people on the historic victory of the Saudi team against Argentina, expressing its pride in the result, which reflects the creative capabilities of the players, wishing them continued success in the tournament.
They also reviewed a number of important common issues in the field of media, foremost of which is the implementation of decisions issued by the Supreme Council and the Ministerial Council. (end) mdm.sd