Politics & Economics

Conference in Jordan on the role of media in countering terrorism

Middle East

In Amman, a conference was organised under the auspices of the Minister of State for Media Affairs of Jordan with a number of Arab ministers to discuss the role of media in countering extremism and terrorism.

Under the auspices of the Minister of State for Media Affairs in Jordan, a conference was held in Amman, which brought together Arab experts to discuss the role of media in countering terrorism throughout the Arab world. The conference, which was organised by the Media and Communication Sector in the General Secretariat of the Arab League, in coordination with the Arab Broadcasting Authority, lasted two days. These experts stressed the need to clearly define terrorism.

“I have focused on the need for a clear and comprehensive definition of terrorism,” said Libya’s representative to the conference.

The experts who attended this conference make up the “Permanent Expert Team,” a body that was set up to study the role media in countering extremism throughout the Middle East. During their 20th annual meeting, the attendees were interested in tackling the issue of online radicalisation, in addition to the impact of video games on children’s thinking and behaviour. The meeting resulted in the production of a 5-year anti-terrorism plan.

“The most important thing discussed at the 20th Meeting of the Permanent Expert Team was the implementation of the Interim Plan of the Anti-Terrorist Media Strategy,” said one of the attendees. “This five-year plan contributes to raising awareness of young people and defeating the problems of extremism and terrorism that confront Arab society.”

Since the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world, social media has increasingly been used to mobilise and radicalise some youth in the Arab world and the West. This culminated with the rise of ISIS in 2014.

As a result, the experts called on the Council of Arab Ministers of Information in the Arab league to gather in Jordan to draft resolutions and take measures that help countries tackle online radicalisation and terrorism.

Since this issue affects the futures of all Arab countries, the experts stressed on the importance of strengthening efforts towards countering online radicalisation and terrorism.