February 19, 2021

Head of the International Relations Department of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (the SAMR) Vladislav Neledva participated in the workshop in the Arabic language entitled: Professional Principles of Mass Media for Addressing Child Rights Issues, under the slogan: Media is a Friend for Childhood, which was organized by Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA-OIC) in cooperation with the Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD) and its partners - the Gulf Program for Development and the League of Arab States.

The conference was moderated by Professor Adel Abdel Ghaffar, professor of the Media Department at Cairo University and Media Adviser to the Ministry of Higher Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The webinar was devoted to the discussion of the development of necessary skills and competence for workers in mass media, which must be taken into account when addressing issues related to children's rights.

Many participants in their speech emphasized that the violation of children's rights in the digital space in the Arab world is no longer a rare phenomenon and it has already turned into a real crisis of a large scale. In this regard, some specific recommendations and proposals were made to find new mechanisms to protect children from negative influence of media space and social networks, especially in the field of cyberbullying.

The SAMR supported all the initiatives aimed at solving this serious problem and stated that children, regardless of their ethnic, country and religious affiliation, should in no case be subjected to destructive influence of mass media and various types of media platforms.

At the end of the event, the participants thanked each other for the active discussion and expressed their hope for further fruitful cooperation in this direction.

The Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD) is an Arab non-governmental development organization that has a legal entity and operating in the field of childhood under the presidency of HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz. ACCD was founded in 1987 upon the initiative of the late HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, and a resolution issued by the Arab League's Conference on "Childhood and Development" that was held in Tunisia in 1986. The headquarters of ACCD is Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, and its relationship with the host country is governed by a special agreement that defines its identity and legal status.

ACCD is seeking to be a leading organization in the field of child rights in the Arab world, and a reference for institutions, individuals and families to raising up of an Arab child able to participate in the development of his society and deal with the rapid global changes.

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