Kuwait City: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) chairman and director general Shaikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah said that news agencies; particularly those of Islamic countries have proven their capacities as main media sources for disseminating facts and combating rumours.
Shaikh Mubarak was addressing the inauguration of the first virtual meeting of the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA or UNA-OIC), themed: "Role of Islamic news agencies for backing efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic," KUNA reported.
"Despite difficult circumstances and crippling preventive measures taken by states throughout the world for facing the pandemic, the Islamic news agencies have succeeded in affirming their presence and effectiveness as a main and distinctive media source," he said.
He noted that the Islamic news agencies have overcome various obstacles for delivering their message, credibly and objectively, for assuring people and combating rumours and false news.
“KUNA, which I am honoured to shoulder responsibility of, has been up to the level of the event since the start, thus playing an effective national role to back up the precautions that have been taken by Kuwait in implementation of directions by His Highness the Amir Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah," Shaikh Mubarak said.
The KUNA chief has affirmed that he has been in continuous contact with various state apparatuses and institutions to obtain information from main and authentic sources.
He explained that KUNA has covered and publicised contacts that have been conducted by the state with various states and international organisations for fighting the pandemic.