By Maram Alabassi
This past Wednesday at Sana’a’s Sheba Hotel, the Wojoh Foundation for Media and Development held an event to mark the conclusion of a week-long training course which had been provided to 30 different members of the media from various Yemeni governorates.
The event’s attendees included Minister of Information Ali Al-Amrani, Minister of Youth and Sports Muammar Al-Iryani, Deputy Minister of Culture Huda Ablan and Turkish Ambassador to Yemen Fazli Corman.
Al-Amrani called on media figures to rationalize their discourse and avoid falling prey to political power struggles, and thereby put themselves in a position to carry out their duties in the interest of Yemen’s security and stability.
“Today we desperately need to enhance our civic culture and make sure our media discourse is constructive rather than destructive,” said the Minister of Information.
Mansour Al-Jaradi, Secretary General of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS), stated that the YJS had distributed a guide to civic culture and dialogue terminology to media outlets, which had reached media workers and journalists throughout the country.
Bilqis Alwan, a member of the jury which oversaw the course’s competition portion, announced the winners’ names. She announced that Siham Abdalhafez won in the radio section for the Aden radio program ‘Dialogue is the Solution’. In the area of new media, Hamdan Rahbi won for his ‘Jewish Participation in the Dialogue Conference’. In the field of journalism, Radi Sabih won for ‘Yemeni Youth: Dialogue, Agreement on the Dialogue and Disagreement on its Mechanisms’. Mohammed Al-Ashwal was also a winner for his ‘Youth Participation in the Dialogue’.
Randa Akboor won in the field of television productions, for an episode entitled ‘Southerners and Their Part in the Dialogue’. Abdulfattah Ghellab came in second for his ‘Marginal Professionals and Their Part in the Dialogue’.
Alwan proceeded to call on media organizations to provide training opportunities for young people to enable them to sharpen their talents.