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|In a Symposium: Yemeni press should be free from any shortcomings and should work with Perfection|
Abdul Rahim Al-Showthabi (YEMEN POST)
Article Date: October 06, 2008
In a symposium organized by Al-Tagheer.net and supported by the National Yemen Democracy Foundation, participants called on media and pressmen to respect journalistic morals and intellectuals' rights. Also they called on intellectuals to fight journalists who steal other information from colleagues, or pictures.
Participants recommended media officials to organize a meeting for both journalists and photo journalists in order to have an adequate protection system of intellectual property rights.
They further stressed on creating a draft charter concerned with journalists' morals and intellectual rights' property.
In order to promote professional journalism and media, participants also called on expanding journalists' awareness of press' rights, hinting that it could be carried out through establishing workshops and seminars.
From his part, Al-Tagheer.net editor in chief Arafat Madabish stressed on the importance of establishing the symposium concerned with printing press as well as audio and video media.
He further pointed out that the adoption of this symposium stemmed from the professional motive to protect journalistic information from theft. He also assured that the Yemeni press should be free from any shortcomings and should work with perfection.
Sana’a University Professor Abdul Rahman Al-Shami pointed out press piracy's bad consequences, noting that journalists should follow the truth, accuracy, honesty, justice, and equity when presenting information to the reader or society.
In his speech and responses to questions, Al-Shami proposed for the government to make a school curriculum subject to inform the younger generation the value of copyrights and the damages the country faces for not practicing it. "Those who steal intellectual property right damage the growth of creativity in this country," he added.
Yemen has a record of inadequate protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), including trademarks, designs, and copyrights.