UAE media regulatory authority to be revamped

September 17th, 2008 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Sep 17 (IANS) The National Media Council (NMC), the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) media regulatory authority, will be structurally revamped.Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Wednesday issued the notification specifying the organisational structure of the NMC, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

According to the proposed new structure, the NMC will have three main sections: media activities; its news agency WAM and the external information department; and institutional services and support in addition to other units.

The NMC was now awaiting notification on some remaining regulations before implementing the new structure, the WAM report said.

Earlier, Saqr Ghobash, UAE’s minister for labour and NMC chairman, presided over NMC’s fifth annual meeting here Tuesday.

The NMC executive committee was briefed about the latest developments pertaining to NMC laws and by-laws and the draft of a new law regulating media activities as discussed by the UAE cabinet.

Once endorsed, it will replace the Printing and Publishing Law, which is in effect now.

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