Published by YT in cooperation with FESNew Book on free media and development [Archives:2005/803/Last Page]

January 3 2005

A book entitled “Partnership Towards Development: The Role of the Free Arab Media in Economic Development” has been published by Yemen Times in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and is due for distribution in early 2005.

The book is a compilation of the working papers presented during the regional conference on the same topic held in Sana'a in September 2003. It mainly focuses on the potential role that the free Arab media should play to assist government's implement economic reforms needed to achieve economic prosperity and comprehensive development.

The book contains 13 working papers on topics such as the importance of support from the free media for development, how to make Arab media more active in economic growth, assisting media to tackle corruption and promote economic prosperity, and economic journalism and its impact on investments and growth.

Mr. Walid Al-Saqqaf, Editor-in-Chief of Yemen Times said that the initiative of the book was to discuss the role of the free media in assisting Arab countries manage their financial reforms and boost economic growth.

“We have chosen the motto 'Partnership Towards Development' due to our deep understanding that Arab governments and media could join hands and work collaboratively together to help pinpoint corruption, inefficiencies, mismanagement, and hence correct them leading to a more stable and progressive economy.”

“The initiative to publish such a book is considered a pioneering step in the region and is expected to bring to the attention of decision-makers the need to look at media as potential associates that could help and not as enemies who are unconcerned with what is happening in the Arab world.” he concluded.