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Manama- Bahrain’s Information Minister Ali Al Romaihi stated that 80% of Arab satellite networks are accused of detachment from their Gulf identity, disclosing that 40 sectarian channels are targeting Gulf citizens with misleading concepts.

During the fourth edition of the Arabian Gulf Political Media Forum, the information minister pointed out to attempts by some channels to disseminate misleading ideologies, inciting violence and hatred, tampering with the Arab identity, disclosing false concepts on Islam, the Arabs and Arab women, and defaming the Gulf and Arab countries.

Romaihi underscored that the Gulf media has a national and civilizational responsibility to promote the GCC, Arab and Islamic identity, citizenship, cooperation and the move towards the GCC union.

He called for the promotion of the Arabic language and its use in mass media for being the symbol of the civilizational and cultural identity. Furthermore, he stressed the need to highlight and disseminate GCC’s cultural heritage and provide an objective image of Arab women.

Romaihi asserted Bahrain’s unwavering keenness on backing the GCC joint projects, stressing the need to boost GCC joint media action and its effectiveness in strengthening national unity and protecting the cultural and civilizational identity against intellectual invasion.

He also pointed out the importance of relying on qualified national competencies and the need to place the national interest as well as the GCC, Arab and Islamic identity above any narrow ideological, sectarian and ethnic considerations.