Doha,April, 02: Recognising the importance of creating more awareness about human trafficking, Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking started a two-day workshop on ‘Human Trafficking and Media’ at Sharq Hotel yesterday.
The workshop is being held in response to recommendations of an Arab initiative to build national capacities to combat human trafficking and the Doha Forum on Combating Human Trafficking in all its versions.
Its objectives include the introduction of issues of human trafficking along with the principles and the rules of media work.
Another goal of the workshop is to hone participants’ skills to cover human trafficking-related content and report in the media in a way that serves the cause and helps combat the problem in an effective way.
The workshop started with opening speeches by Dr Abdullah Al Mal, Chairman of QFCHT, and Maryam Al Malki, Director General of QFCHT.
Topics discussed on the first day included ‘Introducing the phenomenon of human trafficking and the role of the Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking,’ ‘The concept of human trafficking from the media perspective,’ and ‘The importance of media and its role in human trafficking cases’ by Dr Rabia’h Sabah Al Kawari.
‘UNODC’s role in promoting the importance of media in preventing human trafficking’ was discussed by Smera Rehman, Programme Coordinator-UNODC, ‘Human Trafficking in cinema and drama’ by Director Ahmad Atif, and ‘A documentary about human trafficking’ — subjective experience (criticism and analysis) by Ahmad Mahfouz, Aljazeera Documentary Manager.
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