Information Affairs Ministry’s Undersecretary, who is
responsible for the Bahrain News Agency (BNA), Abdulrahman Mohammed
Bahr, participated in the 45th General Assembly of the Federation of Arab
News Agencies (FANA), currently held here under the patronage of the
Jordanian Prime Minister, Dr. Hani Al‑Mulki.
Heads and directors of Arab news agencies, and Secretary‑General of News
Agencies World Congress (NAWC) and Director‑General of the Bulgarian
Telegraph Agency (BTA), Maxim Minchev, were also present.
Director‑General of the Jordanian News Agency (Petra), Faisal Al‑Shboul,
delivered a statement, in which he welcomed the participants, and wished the
FANA General Assembly every success.
He also stressed the importance of mass media’s commitment to balanced
discourse, as well as to their role of spreading awareness among the
Then, the representative of the Jordanian Prime Minister, and the State
Minister for Media Affairs, Dr. Mohammed Al‑Momani, also delivered a
speech on behalf of the event patron.
He expressed hope that the FANA General would come up with positive
results that would serve the Arab Nation’s issues, strengthen the media’s
awareness‑raising and development message, optimise the use of modern
technology by media establishments through plans, programmes and clear
messages to present facts, uncover misinformation, falsehood and
The Jordanian minister wished the participants success in achieving the goals
of the FANA General Assembly.
After that, FANA Secretary‑General, Dr. Fareed Iyar, also spoke during the
opening session. He stressed the need for Arab media’s solidarity in light of
the multiple challenges facing it, calling for enhancing positive interaction
among Arab media establishments, and paying more attention to Arab media
personnel through training them and increasing their knowledge.
Then, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Director‑General, and FANA President,
Shaikh Mubarak bin Daij Al‑Ibrahim, highlighted the importance of the
existence of news agencies, stressing the need to develop those agencies
and strengthen their capabilities with the increasing use of electronic media
programmes and applications.
He also said that news agencies should disseminate reliable and accurate
news and stories, as well as to expose the terrorist organisations’ use of
electronic media platforms, and uncover their poisonous ideology.
After that, the participants held a closed session in which they discussed a
number of issues, including ways to enhance cooperation among Arab news
agencies, as well as improving the level of professional performance and
developing media and technical cooperation, in addition to the exchange of
news and expertise among the member agencies.
The 45th FANA General Assembly decided to form a follow‑up committee,
under the leadership of FANA President, Shaikh Mubarak bin Daij Al‑Ibrahim.
The panel comprises Petra director‑general, Faisal al‑Shboul, and Middle
East News Agency Board Chairman and Chief Editor, Ali Hassan, as
The committee aims to increase cooperation and coordination among Arab
news agencies, as well as increase their interaction with their international