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Next Monday.. The Omani Shura will discuss the draft media law and media policy

Manal Abdel Fattah

Next Monday, the Omani Shura Council will host Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Al Harrasi, Minister of Information, where he will deliver the Ministry of Information’s statement during a public session, as part of the eighth regular session of the first annual session of the tenth term (2023-2027). The Council will hold its seventh regular session next Sunday to discuss the “draft media law” referred by the government.

The Minister of Information’s statement will discuss 12 main axes, the first focusing on the media strategy and policy of the Sultanate of Oman, while the second axis will address the actual results of the ninth five-year development plan (2016-2020 AD) and the strategic programs of the tenth five-year development plan of the Ministry of Information (2021-2025 AD). The third axis will address the legislation and laws regulating the media sector in the Sultanate of Oman, while the fourth axis will focus on the Ministry’s efforts in media training and development, and will review the efforts of the Oman News Agency and its daily keeping up with local events and activities and regional and international events.
The statement will focus on discussing investment in the media industry and the challenges it faces, in addition to Omani drama and efforts to develop it, provincial media, and foreign media, in addition to talking about government communication efforts to activate communication with government institutions, and the topics of the statement will focus on discussing the level of media interaction with societal issues. The various challenges facing the media sector.
The seventh regular session of the Council will witness the discussion of the “Draft Media Law,” which is one of the important pieces of legislation that the Council has been studying during the past months since it was referred by the government at the beginning of this year. This is in accordance with the provisions of Article (49) of the Oman Council Law, which stipulates that: “Draft laws are referred from the Council of Ministers to the Shura Council, which must decide on the draft by approving or amending it within a maximum of three months from the date of referral to it, and then referring it to the State Council.” Which he must decide by approving or amending it within a maximum of forty-five days from the date of referral to him.
If the two councils disagree regarding the project, they may form a joint committee to discuss the differences. The committee will submit its report to the two councils for discussion in a joint session headed by the President of the State Council and upon his invitation, then vote on the project in the same session. Decisions will be issued by an absolute majority of the members present, and in all cases by The President of the Council of State submitted the project to the Sultan, accompanied by the opinions of both councils.”
The draft media law comes in line with the objectives of the “Oman 2040” vision in developing the legislative system in the Sultanate of Oman, especially since the law regulating media work in the current period is the Press and Publishing Law issued in 1984 AD. Therefore, this project comes to chart a new path for media work by defining the rights and obligations of practitioners of the profession, and enhancing the importance of the media message in light of the changes imposed by the technological revolution and new media technologies.

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