At the Third Annual Arab Press Forum held in Beirut, Lebanon by the World Association of Newspapers, some of the Arab World's top editors and publishers joined to discuss the state of the press. The underlying theme of each conference session was the difficulties that Arab newspapers face in publishing news under governments that often repress journalists.
In the third session, entitled Opportunities and Choices Facing Arab Newspaper Editors, panelists presented some ideas that could be useful for editors around the world:
Focusing on professional training
Mohammad Al Rumaihi, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Awan, Kuwait
Unlike some of his colleagues, Dr Rumaihi says he doesn't suffer from
government repression. He has two other problems.
"I'm not suffering from government repression but from social forces in the
country," he said. The second problem is the low level of professionalism
"The issue of training is of key importance, and this importance in the Arab
world requires very deep vision of how we can change the culture of the
journalists and journalism," he says.