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Arab Working Group for Media Monitoring met the Tunisian Minister of Human Rights
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8-Apr-13

Tunis - Members of the Arab Working Group for Media Monitoring (AWG-MM) briefed the Tunisian Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Samir Dilou,  on the role of the group in building a professional media that has credibility in order to reinforce the values ​​of citizenship, democracy, and human rights through the monitoring of the media in the Arab region, both in election campaigns or gender, expats, and hatred speech.
 
The Tunisian minister expressed his appreciation and respect towards the work done by the group in the field of media in order to enhance Arab media professionalism during the transitional phase experienced by the region, especially the Arab Spring countries.
 
 This came in a meeting held on 7 April 2013 at the Ministry's headquarters in the Tunisian capital following the General Assembly meeting of the AGM, on 6 and 7 April 2013 in Tunis.
 
The final statement of the AWG condemned the gross violations of human rights, especially against colleague Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and former Vice-President of the AWG's board of Directors, and colleague Mazen Darwish, director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. The Arab Group renewed its call for the Syrian, and Bahraini authorities to release them immediately, in addition to the rest of the detained human rights defenders including leading human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.
 
It's worth mentioning that the AWG elected its new board of directors which consists of the following members: Jehad Harb "Palestine" President of the group, Sihem Bensedrine "Tunisia" Vice-President, Wahid Qarmash "Jordan" Vice-President, Khelil Abdelmomen "Algeria" General Secretary, Nidal Al-Salman " Bahrain" Treasurer, and Abderrahim Sioui " Morocco", together with Dr. Kamil Al-Qayim " Iraq " as members.

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