By Our Correspondent in Muscat.
The Board of Directors of the Oman Journalists Association (OJA) expressed its gratitude to the government for its support which helped in the successful holding of the international conference of journalists in Muscat from May 31 to June 4.
The OJA hosted the General Conference of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) called ‘Congress 31’ with more than 350 union leaders and 70 journalists from 120 countries from print, TV, radio and social media at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Council of the Board of Directors of the OJA extended thanks at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Dr Mohammed bin Mubarak al Araimi at the association’s building.
The council, which appreciated the proactive Omani media, commended the support of state institutions, members of the association and work teams. It also said the support had played a crucial role in the grand success of the four-day congress.
The council issued a statement in which it said, “The Board of Directors of the Omani Journalists Association has the honour to share a note of gratitude to the government; many thanks and great regards for the support and care the participants received from the government, which had a great impact on the success of the activities of the Congress.”
This was confirmed by Dominic Bradali, President of the International Federation of Journalists, Zuliana Linez, Vice-President, and Anthony Bellanger, Secretary-General of the Federation, during their speeches at the opening and closing of the Congress.
President Dominic, elected at this Congress, described the meetings as historic in terms of the number of participants and the countries attending it.
They all praised the Sultanate of Oman for hosting this event and the hospitality, organisation and preparations conforming to its success.
The council acknowledged the efforts of all members of the association, representatives in the committees and accompanying work teams, students of universities and colleges, and volunteers who played an active role in the success of this historic conference ■