Social media effect strong on society, says info min
87 percent of citizens are youth: poll
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.
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.