At the General Assembly meeting held in Riyadh, the Arab States Broadcasting Union announced the unanimous election of the CEO of the Radio and Television Corporation, Muhammad bin Fahd Al-Harthy, as president of the Arab States Broadcasting Union. It is the union that includes all radio and television organizations in the Arab countries.For his part, Al-Harthy congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, noting that this election comes as a fruitful harvest of the unlimited support provided by the wise leadership to all practical fields in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, within the vision of 2030 that seeks to lead change and make positive initiatives. Based on the internal change in all fields, including the field of media, which enjoys constant follow-up by His Excellency the Minister of Information in charge, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, and the President of the Arab States Broadcasting Union added that the weight that the Kingdom represents on the regional and international arenas and its established position were the most important reasons behind his unanimous inauguration. President of the Arab States Broadcasting Union, which is one of the most prominent institutions of joint Arab action.
Al-Harthy said that the media industry has become a complex process facing many difficult challenges, but at the same time it has created many opportunities for leadership and creativity for those who have a clear vision and vision that foresee the future in pursuit of its industry.
At the conclusion of his speech, the President of the Arab States Broadcasting Union expressed his pride in the praises that reached the Kingdom during the work of the Union’s meeting held in Riyadh, indicating that this meeting is only the beginning of an important role that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is working to activate in order to advance media competition in accordance with the highest international standards. He thanked the members of the union, the outgoing president of the union, Mohamed Abdel Mohsen Al-Awash, and the director of the union, Engineer Abdel Rahim Suleiman
It is noteworthy that the presidency of the Union is a site that combines the strategic and executive aspects, where the leader contributes with his idea and vision in presenting projects, developing the Union and its work and urging him to achieve various successes through his supervision of all the work of the Union, its organs and committees.
The Kingdom’s leadership of these leadership positions in the organizations represents a strength in the presence of the state and its positive impact on media work in order to achieve its aspirations at all levels.
The Kingdom is constantly seeking to enhance the role of the Union in the Arab member states and the sustainability of its services to poor countries and those in need of technical and media support from the member bodies, and is keen to ensure that the Union plays its professional media role away from quarrels and political events.
Al-Harthy is a Saudi writer and journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the media field. He holds a master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London, UK, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He is the President of the Saudi Media Forum and President of the Saudi Media Award. Member of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He was the editor-in-chief of the English-language Arab News newspaper and Sayidaty wa Al-Ragal magazine.
Al-Harthy was the editor-in-chief of AboutHair and the editor-in-chief of Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper. He is a founding member of the Young Arab Leaders Forum in Davos in the Middle East and a member of the Gulf Project 2000 at Columbia University in New York. He is a member of the British Journalists Syndicate NUJ .
He started his work as a journalist for the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper in London and then worked as a visiting journalist for the British Financial Times. He has received international awards, including the Gulf Excellence Award in 2002 in honor of achievements in the fields of editorial and print journalism. And the Media Creativity Award in Beirut in 2014 for his success in the world of print, visual and digital media.
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