75 for­eign, high-level me­dia fig­ures in­vited to cover elec­tions: Of­fi­cial

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Head of the Me­dia Cen­ter for 2016 Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tions in the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Mo­ham­mad Al-Bad­dah said yes­ter­day the Min­istry’s For­eign Me­dia de­part­ment, has made all prepa­ra­tions to host some 75 me­dia fig­ures and jour­nal­ists out of 150 from around the world to cover up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 26.

Bad­dah, also Head of the Elec­tions Com­mit­tee said in an in­ter­view that the for­eign me­dia de­part­ment has in­vited 75 se­nior-level ex­perts in the field of me­dia and jour­nal­ism in­clud­ing CNN, Al-Ara­bia, Sky News as well as a num­ber of other pres­ti­gious news­pa­pers to cover the up­com­ing elec­tions in Kuwait.

He added that the for­eign news re­porters would be taken on tours to the elec­tions to see for them­selves the polling cen­ters on the elec­tions day, in ad­di­tion to other tours to the re­cently-in­au­gu­rated Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter and Dar Al-Athar Al-Is­lamiyyah as Kuwait has al­ways been keen in culture as be­ing the cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Culture and a ‘Hu­man­i­tar­ian Cen­ter,’ in ad­di­tion to His High­ness the Amir be­ing the ‘Hu­man­i­tar­ian Leader.’ He said that the tours of the for­eign press men will start be­tween Novem­ber 21st till Novem­ber 27th to see for them­selves the di­ver­sity which even­tu­ally will be of in­ter­est of Kuwait.

Bad­dah noted that the re­porters would also pay a visit to the Na­tional Assem­bly to get them ac­quainted with the na­ture of the par­lia­ment and the role of the MPs in the real par­lia­men­tary life. The Kuwaiti of­fi­cial pointed out that the me­dia cen­ter in Sher­a­ton would serve all for­eign news re­porters, ad­ding that he feels proud that the cen­ter would be run by an elite num­ber of Kuwaiti staffers of the for­eign me­dia de­part­ment, ad­ding this would re­flect pos­i­tively on the State of Kuwait.

He said that a full itin­er­ary has been made by the for­eign me­dia de­part­ment staffers for Kuwait’s guests, ad­ding that there is also co­op­er­a­tion with the state’s tele­vi­sion and ra­dio, where two stu­dios have been setup in the me­dia cen­ter to broad­cast live the elec­tions events. He said that the lec­tures to be held would be trans­lated for the guests, ad­ding that it is a good op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote Kuwait to the world.

Bad­dah said that some 75 high-level ex­perts in the re­search in­sti­tutes, renowned me­dia men, and other me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as CNN, Sky news, Al-Ara­bia wish­ing to come and cover the elec­tions which stand at al­most 70 per­son­al­i­ties. All fa­cil­i­ties for the for­eign news re­ports have been made in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate their stay and make trans­par­ent cov­er­age of this demo­cratic process, he stressed.

Mo­ham­mad Al-Bad­dah

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