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A general view of an Arab League summit. (AFP)

Cairo – The executive office of the Arab information ministers council agreed on Tuesday to form a technical legal team from nine Arab countries to look into Arab complaints against provocative media channels.

Arab information ministers will meet in Cairo on Wednesday to tackle measures aimed at “correcting the media course in the region.”

This includes setting a unified strategy to confront some media outlets that are targeting the stability of Arab countries, inciting sectarianism and supporting terrorist organizations.

Director of the technical secretariat of the Arab information ministers council at the Arab League, Fawzi al-Ghweil said that the legal team will soon begin discussing requests that will be submitted to them by the general secretariat.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had demanded a halt to the broadcast of the Qatari-owned al-Jazeera satellite television. It is one of the demands they made to the emirate in order to restore diplomatic ties with it after they were severed in June over its support of terrorism.

Ghweil said that this issue will be discussed at the ministers’ meeting later on Wednesday in order to be ratified.

Tuesday’s meeting of the executive office of the Arab information ministers council, which was hosted by Cairo and attended by Saudi representatives, also addressed the Palestinian cause and the role of Arab media in uncovering the violations committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.

The gatherers also recommended updating the Arab media strategy to enable it to stay abreast current Arab developments. It also tackled an external Arab media strategy that would present the correct image of Arab issues to an international audience.

Ghweil said that the recommendations will be presented before the information ministers’ meeting on Wednesday. The agenda will also include articles on confronting terrorism and extremism.