Muscat – The Ministry of Information (MoI) organised a workshop called ‘The Omani Press… Reality and Opportunities for Sustainability’ on Wednesday to discuss the development of Omani press institutions and to ensure their sustainability through an ongoing development programme.
The workshop was held in the presence of H E Mohammed bin Said bin Mohammed al Balushi, MoI Undersecretary, editors-in-chief and editors of local publications, international experts, academics and representatives of advertising agencies.
The workshop discussed the challenges facing press institutions in the sultanate, diagnosing the current situation and exploring the role of the government in the sustainability of press institutions.
The agenda featured deliberations on the role of press institutions in creating more sustainable business models and the extent to which these can withstand the current challenges and adapt, besides future prospects for technical development.
The workshop also reviewed the results of Unesco’s International Programme for the Development of Communication, which aims to support journalists and the media sector globally. It surveyed the reality of journalism in a number of countries around the world and the challenges it faces.
The workshop included a working paper titled ‘An overview of the challenges facing journalism globally,’ which highlighted the results of a Unesco study around the world and recommendations of the International Programme for the Development of Communication to push the media sector towards independence and sustainability.