Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, advisor to the Saudi Foreign Minister and the Kingdom’s former permanent representative to the UN, emphasized the importance of intensive training for young national media professionals to enhance their talents and skills.
The Saudi diplomat emphasized that boldness in journalism is required to produce content that rises to the level of the audience.
Al-Mouallimi was speaking at the National Media Conference organized by the Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. The event was moderated by Tariq Al-Homayed, former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat.
Al-Mouallimi stressed that media neutrality does not in any way imply neglecting the facts, as long as the information provided is reliable.
He underlined the importance of integration between journalists and officials in addressing urgent and contentious issues in a way that enhances the positive impact of media performance.
Recalling interviews conducted with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Al-Mouallimi described them as realistic, logical, and characterized by boldness and frankness.
He highlighted the Crown Prince’s commitment to responsible and courageous media performance in order to build the nation correctly.
Al-Mouallimi emphasized the significant presence of Saudi women in advanced positions and international forums, showcasing their major contributions and strong performance.
Talking about Asharq Al-Awsat, he noted that the newspaper has maintained its continuity in delivering professional journalism in a manner that proves that print journalism is still alive and thriving.
Additionally, the newspaper has embraced digital media and effectively utilized social media platforms to keep up with the evolving landscape of the profession and the media industry.
The newspaper’s recent brand refresh aligns with the current developments and requirements of the field, he remarked.