Shawi Discusses Ways to Support Media with Iraq's UNESCO Manager
May 4, 2011
CEO of CMC Dr. Burhan Shawi met on Wednesday with the Duty Officer of UNESCO's Office in Baghdad Mr. George Papajiannis at CMC headquarters.
Both officials exchanged opinions and views on UNESCO's project with CMC which focuses particularly on informing and educating the public on CMC's roles and duties, and generally on supporting and developing Iraqi media.
They emphasized on the necessity of cooperation between the two parties to establish a broader Iraqi media scene. Mr. Papajiannis praised the role CMC plays and the responsibilities it holds in regulating media and communications sectors, stressing that CMC is a new experiment in Iraq that so many people still unaware of its real role and mission. "UNESCO would be delighted to help CMC through holding conferences to introduce CMC to the public", he added, pledging to provide whatever necessary to help complete the project.
For his side, Dr. Shawi stressed that CMC needs to be introduced to various Iraqi institutions and social segments, in particular what relates to CMC authorities and powers according to CPA Order 65 which authorizes CMC to licensing telecommunication, broadcasting, transmission, information and media services inside Iraq.
"CMC supports free and independent Iraqi media, and it offered assistance to College of Information. I hope UNESCO can help College of Arts since it suffers many problems and that it relates in a way or another to media", Shawi added.