So­cial me­dia ef­fect strong on so­ci­ety, says info min

87 per­cent of cit­i­zens are youth: poll

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16, (KUNA): The State Min­is­ter for Cabinet Af­fairs and act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak AlSabah stated the ef­fect of so­cial me­dia is very strong on so­ci­ety and it’s no less im­por­tant than any me­dia es­tab­lish­ment.

In an open dis­cus­sion at the Youth Me­dia Fo­rum or­ga­nized by the State Min­istry of Youth Af­fairs, Sheikh Muham­mad AlAb­dul­lah pointed out that so­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion me­dia is one of the main in­di­ca­tors by which con­sul­ta­tions are made to de­ter­mine trends and opin­ions, not­ing “a per­son car­ry­ing a smart phone is tan­ta­mount to elec­tronic chan­nel or news­pa­per.”

Sheikh Muham­mad stated an opin­ion poll con­ducted in 2012 in­di­cated that roughly 87 per­cent of cit­i­zens are youths. He af­firmed the im­por­tance of set­ting a good ex­am­ple in all as­pects of so­cial me­dia for the youth to fol­low, and gov­ern­ment’s role here is in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of laws. He pointed out that laws were en­acted to or­ga­nize, de­velop and pro­tect peo­ple, and not to res­train free­dom.

He ex­plained that laws that gov­ern elec­tronic me­dia aim to reg­u­late in­for­ma­tion me­dia and the in­ter­net sim­i­lar to laws reg­u­lat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of press es­tab­lish­ments.

Con­cern­ing the me­dia cam­paign to pro­mote Kuwait’s vi­sion 2035, Sheikh Muham­mad ex­plained that ac­com­plish­ments and de­vel­op­ments con­trib­ute in chang­ing the fo­rum’s view on gov­ern­ment and its achieve­ments.

As re­gards us­ing the clas­si­cal Ara­bic lan­guage on the State tele­vi­sion, he stressed the ma­jor­ity of news broad­casted is in clas­si­cal Ara­bic lan­guage, and most of the events held in Kuwait are also pre­sented in clas­si­cal Ara­bic lan­guage.

Sheikh Muham­mad ex­plained that gov­ern­ment’s re­ac­tion to the new in­for­ma­tion con­cept is slow. He ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude to­ward the min­istries hav­ing cre­ated e-ac­counts to re­ceive com­plaints and sug­ges­tions, de­scrib­ing the move as mak­ing pos­i­tive ef­fect on so­ci­ety.

He con­sid­ered events rock­ing the re­gion in the past years caused of­fi­cials to re­al­ize the im­por­tance of so­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works and re­sorted to the youth, af­firm­ing that gov­ern­ments af­ter 2011 are more ad­vanced and keen about youth af­fairs.

KUNA photos

Top: Min­is­ter of State for Cabinet Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah dur­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion in an open di­a­logue at the Youth Me­dia Fo­rum. Above: Sheikh Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lah

Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah among the au­di­ence dur­ing the open di­a­logue.

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