Doha Centre for Media Freedom, International Press Institute Sign MoU

Cape Town, April 16 (QNA) – Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) has
signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Press
Institute (IPI) on the sidelines of the institute’s World Congress
2014, currently underway in Cape Town.

The partnership aims to enhance international collaboration and
strengthen regional advocacy efforts, in line with DCMF’s objectives
of capacity building, improving journalists’ safety and delivering
sustainable assistance to media workers in need, a press release by
DCMF said.

“Considering the worrying situation that we are witnessing all over
the world, it is agreement and coalitions like these that can
seriously address the issues that journalists are confronted with on
a daily basis. Our cooperation with IPI will include trainings
ranging from safety of journalists to quality journalism,” DCMF’s
manager of finance and administration, Saleh Al-Shawi, said.

Chairman of DCMF’s executive committee, Dr. Abdeljalil Alami,
highlighted the collaborative dimension of the agreement, stressing
that such partnerships will strengthen the center’s work in a global
climate where media freedom and journalists continue to be threatened
in an unprecedented manner.

“As an organization based in the Middle East, DCMF is located very
close to the numerous crisis areas in the Arab region. The
geopolitical context has enabled the Center to acquire comprehensive
understanding of the challenges and expectations of media workers in
the region. We therefore hope that, with the help of IPI, DCMF will
be able to provide maximum assistance to journalists in distress in
this part of the world,” Alami said.

“The Centre cannot fully accomplish its mission if it acts in
isolation, there is a need to transcend barriers and network with
international press freedom organizations and journalists. By signing
this MoU, IPI and DCMF commit themselves to working together towards
more effective capacity-building efforts and further protection of
journalists,” he added. (QNA)

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