Ben Jeddou: no respect for impartial media in major news
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Al-Mayadeen Media Network and member of the General Secretariat, Ghassan ben Jeddou, talks about impartial media, and media's responsibility in the face of significant and central issues pertaining to the Arab nation.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Al Mayadeen Media Network, and a member of the General Secretariat, Ghassan Ben Jeddou, stressed, during the opening of the 32nd session of the Arab National Congress in Beirut, that "there is no respect for an impartial media regarding the central issues of the nation."
Ben Jeddou explained, "It has become a constant for us, as it has been proven by practice, that there is no neutral media because it is a lie, and we are not neutral," adding that "there is no neutrality when it comes to takfiris and terrorist practices conducted in the name of religion" noting that "religion is innocent of such practices."
In a similar vain, Ben Jeddou stressed that neutrality cannot exist in the face of "normalizers or separatists or anyone urging ethnic of sectarian strife."
Ben Jeddou proclaimed, "We [Al Mayadeen] are frankly and strongly supportive of a media that believes in comprehensive resistance in thought, culture, practice, and strategy, and support a media that is keen on national sovereignty and national unity and thus rejecting any internal national strife."
Speaking of stirring up strife, Ben Jeddou stressed that "it is equally not permissible to contribute to the sowing of discord among the Palestinian people and deepening the division between factions, thus causing internal strife."
Ben Jeddou argued that "the Arab, pan-Arab, nationalist, and Resistance media have an important and dangerously significant responsibility, which will have a historical echo, to document and convey the true narrative regarding events that have taken place in the past decade."
The Al Mayadeen Board of Directors' Chairman also mentioned that there are "shameful cases, in our [Arab] surroundings, where media outlets have sided with the aggressors even at the expense of their own people in the name of hypocritical justifications."
According to Ben Jeddou, the "Arab National Congress can rest at ease as most of its strategic choices were righteous, and because of its unwavering position toward Palestine, and it should also be proud that it succeeded in preserving the title of Arabism at a time when many worked to thwart Arab nationalism."
Similarly, Ben Jeddou stressed that Congress "can be satisfied knowing that it was successful in preserving its internal diversity and served as an inclusive platform for every believer in pan-Arabism."
"The Arab Nationalist Congress can rest at ease as most of its strategic choices were righteous and because of its unchanging position toward #Palestine, and it can be satisfied knowing that it was successful in preserving its internal diversity."— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) July 30, 2023
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In line with what he had said earlier, Ben Jeddou underscored that "the black decade almost crushed any rhetoric that heralds positive hope, ability to act, resist, and assume victory in favor of the rhetoric of despair "
"We believe that we are part of the Global South from the position of affiliation with the struggle," Ben Jeddou said.
This political position "will not only manifest, as it has in the past, in a rhetoric of solidarity, despite the importance of such a rhetoric," but will be translated into actionable solidarity Ben Jeddou announced, adding that "next year, 2024, will witness the convening of an Arab-Latin political intellectual conference that will take an advanced step in the direction of practical institutionalization."
The 32nd session of the Arab National Congress opened in Beirut, and the former Secretary-General of the Arab National Conference, Maan Bashour, announced that the current session of the conference will be called the "Jenin" session, in appreciation of the heroic role that Jenin "plays in the battle of confrontation with the occupier."