The 34th General Assembly of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) discussed here on Tuesday 'organization of the satellite transmission and reception, between requirements of freedom and prerequisites of responsibility." The dialogue session that involved several media specialists covered the reality of the satellite transmission and reception in the Arab region, legislations and charters.
Participants pointed to the rising number of satellite channels in the region, more than 1,000, which lack a regulatory legislative and ethical framework that can protect them against deviation.
Discussions referred "chaos" on the Arab media scene as several private and commercial channels offer a content that does not relate to the traditions, customs or ethics of the Arab society. Some of them even incite organized crime and similar "dangerous" messages.
They also stressed the full absence of professional criteria of satellite transmission and reception in the region.
Participants in the dialogue session included ASPU Director-General Salah Eddine Maauoi, Chairman of the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media Riyadh Nejm, Chairman and CEO of the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) Eng. Khalid bin Ahmed Balkheyour and professor of public law at the American University in Cairo Hussein Yousri Amin. The five-day ASPU Assembly meetings started on Sunday.