Al-Wahda [Archives:2003/698/Press Review]

December 29 2003

24 Dec. 2003
Main headlines:
– Elections commission admits of legal shortcoming, revealed in local councils elections
– Legal Affairs Minister: amending law contradicting local councils law in two years
– New law for the central apparatus for audition and accountancy
– Education Minister: Professional controls for instruction
– Growth of international navigational activity in the Free Zone
– Cleaning campaign of Aden Beaches
– Campaign for elimination of polio

The writer Khalid Hussein Qirman says in his article the High Commission for Human Rights has recently showed its willingness to send a representative to Yemen to hold talks with the officials of democracy and human rights to get acquainted with volume and kind of needs that can be offered that would contribute to raise the level of awareness related to human rights respect and protection of freedoms. This requires from the concerned parties to hasten in preparing a report defining those requirements and material cost to be offered representatives of the commission.
Here I want to focus on Yemen's needs in the media aspect that must be provided for speeding up rates of this strategic achievement in our country and the way how to form a large-scale public opinion and mustering it behind policies aimed at deepening democracy concepts and respect for human rights. I proposed on the organisations concerned with human rights to put into their account that of the priorities of our country's needs for enhancement of democracy is to establish an independent educational TV channel for fighting illiteracy spread in our country by 60% especially that our population would in 2004 reach 22 million people. Democratic practice in our country would not take roots but under an educated society. And since we are tackling the subject of information and its active role in developing and crystallization of masses awareness. We are in need to press towards issuing laws concerning investment in media in general and have them approved by the parliament to come out with legislation allowing all people to entertain the freedom of opinion through various non-governmental media channels within controls of the law and to cancel the ministry information in future.