The Faculty of Mass Communication at the Arab Open University in Egypt hosted the artist Sameh Al-Suraiti, in an open symposium that dealt with the relationship between culture and media. The symposium also tackled the role that the media can play in light of the challenges facing the Egyptian state in the current stage, the role of art in developing society and consolidating its values and culture.
The event was held with the participation of . Dr. Abdel-Hai Obaid, President of the University.
Al-Suraiti said that culture is the first line of defense for the nation, as it is based on people’s lifestyles, and if a defect occurs in it, it will make it easier for any enemy to penetrate the state, indicating that Egypt with its civilization constituted a source of cultural, intellectual and civilizational wealth for the entire world.
He added that the media can play a major role in building the human being by arming him with science and knowledge, instilling authentic values, supporting and protecting the culture of society, expressing the concerns of its members and contributing to raising its awareness, as for media to be in a valley and people in a valley Else, it means that it is no longer expressed.
Challenges facing Egypt:
Al-Suraiti stressed that the successive developments provided by communication and information technology have contributed to bridging the distances between the people around the world, but they can be used in the fragmentation and division of countries, noting that media wars, and the so-called “fourth generation wars” are superior to wars and battles in which armies participate.
He added that the media is required to play a strong role in combating the challenges facing Egypt, and to work to consolidate the original Egyptian values, stressing that successful media outlets are those that contribute to building the state, and not those that seek to “excite, gain and search for a trend.” The role of the journalist is no less than the soldier who fights to protect his country.
He added that the focus should be on investing in the sources of our soft power to help convey the true image of Egypt abroad, calling on the state to provide facilities for Egyptian filmmakers, Arabs, and foreigners wishing to film in tourist places in Egypt.