Thu 28-03-2019 00:00 AM
DUBAI, 27th March, 2019 (WAM) — Diplomacy and media have many similarities and a very fine line separates them, according to Saudi Ambassador to the UAE.
Turki Al Dakhil was speaking at a 20-minute session titled â€کFrom Journalism to Diplomacyâ€™ held on the first day of the 18th Arab Media Forum.
Turki Al Dakhil said diplomacy and journalism are two faces of the same coin, with the main difference being that the journalist publishes the information directly, while the diplomat takes time to review the information before sending reports to the authorities.
He also said that the nature of diplomatic work has changed in the digital era. Today, diplomatic work requires more interaction with the people. He also said that technological advancement has also led ambassadors to focus on public diplomacy and to attend many events in the host country, which sometimes raises questions and casts doubts about the purpose of the visit.
Held under the theme â€کArab Media: From Now to the Futureâ€™, the regionâ€™s leading annual event for the media industry has brought together more than 3,000 prominent regional and international media leaders, scholars, writers and experts, to share their views on the current state of the Arab media and the shifts that are shaping the future of the industry.