President Rashid Receives Jordanian Media Delegation


On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, the President of the Republic of Iraq, Abdullatif Jamal Rashid met with the Jordanian Media Delegation including Dr. Khalid Alshogran, the Editor-in-Chief Al-Rai daily newspaper, Mustafa Ryalat, Editor–in–Chief at Al-Dustour newspaper, Makram Al-Tarawneh, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ghad newspaper, Ms. Fayrouz Al-Mubaideen, the Director-General of the Jordan News Agency (Petra), Ibrahim Al-Bawared, the Director-General of the Radio and Television Corporation, Ms. Dana Al-Sayagh, General Manager of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan TV, Mr. Hussein Al-Jaghbir, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Anbat newspaper, Mr. Ali Freihat, Jordan News Agency, Mr. Amjad Salma Abdullah, Deputy of the Jordanian Journalists Syndicate, Abdel-Wahhab Al-Zaghilat, head of the Freedoms Committee. The meeting was attended by Muayyad al-Lami, the head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate and the head of the Arab Journalists Union.

During the meeting, His Excellency President Rashid emphasised the historic relations between Iraq and Jordan and the good social bonds that link the two nations.

Free media is particularly important; it can monitor and point out the government’s shortcomings as well as its achievements. Unfortunately, some media outlets often fail to convey the true image of Iraq, the President said. HE added that "I want the media outlets to have the freedom and authority to operate, encourage positive actions, and criticise the shortcomings, constructively.”

The Iraqis have previously suffered from wars, that affected all aspects of their lives, in addition to the emergence of terrorism after toppling the dictatorship, the consequences of which are still being felt, and almost one million people remain displaced in the country. Daesh gangs destroyed everything in the cities that they have captured, and to date, the displaced persons live in a difficult situation. The President called upon the journalists to fulfil their professional role in dealing with the developments in both the Arab and international arenas, and renounce the use of media for fuelling conflicts, instead, making a positive contribution to the solutions to existing issues.

We have a very good relationship with Arab countries and regional and international states, His Excellency said, while noting that, "all the heads of the states and governments whom we have met expressed their support for Iraq, and they emphasised that we are keen to see Iraq play a greater role in the region to lay the foundation of peace and stability".

President Rashid asserted that Iraq is a country that is rich in natural resources and human potential, regrettably the world sees it as a war zone, and our media do not portray a positive image. "Today, we can see that Baghdad is a safe and stable city as the rest of the Iraqi provinces, and the government is serious about taking necessary measures to demilitarise the cities, handing over the security file to the local police instead of the Iraqi army," HE said.

His Excellency asked the visiting delegation to convey his greetings to His Majesty King Abdullah II and wished the Jordanian people and media outlets further progress and prosperity.