Posted on December 22, 2017

Deutsche Welle Academy invited a group of 16 journalists, photographers and bloggers from the Gulf region to participate in the second round of its media dialogue programme to foster the exchange of variegated new ideas and to discuss the safety of journalists in the region.

Journalists from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Germany met from December 6-8, 2017 to join the programme. The Media Dialogue started in May 2017 with a week-long visit to the German capital Berlin during which various lectures and activities were offered to the participants as well as a visit to the German parliament and the studio of the German broadcaster “Deutsche Welle”.

With the second round of its Media Dialogue programme the Deutsche Welle Academy continued their work in this field and focussed especially on the current situation of the media against the backdrop of the conflict between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar. Other topics covered were the working practices of the respective colleagues in Germany and the Gulf Region, the projects and challenges they have and on further work on the media dialogue’s blog and Facebook activity. Furthermore the participants worked on a strategy for their future cooperation.

“In December 2017 we continued in Kuwait City what we started on May 2017 in Berlin: A Media Dialogue with 16 Journalists from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, discussing the approach of journalism in these countries and future cooperation. A project of the DW Akademie with the Federal Foreign Office. The main focus during the Follow Up Dialogue in Kuwait was the Qatar-Crisis that for the last six month has been a source of conflict in the Middle East,” explains Deutsche Welle anchor and journalist Christopher Springate who moderated the Media Dialogue.

The Media Dialogue was funded by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office as part of the “Qatar Germany 2017” program.  Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture is a year-long program designed to deepen understanding between nations through the mutual exchange of arts, culture, heritage and sports, developed by Qatar Museums in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, the German Embassy in Doha and the Embassy of Qatar in Germany.

source: The Peninsula