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The International Conference of Media and Rumor has witnessed an extensive media coverage, thus being the biggest international event of media in the region. It is noteworthy that the Conference which was inaugurated by His Highness, the Governor of Asir region, Prince Faisal bin Khalid, is being organized by the King Khalid University in Abha Palace Hotel. A number of TV channels, radio houses, newspapers, and e-newspapers have been covering the Conference because of its has a paramount importance in the Arab and world media aspects.

The conference has witnessed media presence from each of the following TV channels: Al Arabiya, Rotana Gulf, Saudi channels - the first, News, Cultural, along with radio channels of Jeddah, Riyadh and UFM, in addition to the newspapers of Al-Jazirah, Al-Madina, Okaz, the Middle East, Al-Sharq, Alwatan, and e-newspapers such as Sabaq, and Afaaq - the University weekly newspaper. The main celebration of the conference was transmitted on the Cultural Channel, in addition to hosting the President of the university in "Almotasaf" program on the Cultural Channel - a program which is presented by the interviewer Fahd Al-Masoudi.

On his turn, the Chairman of Media Committee and Care, Prof. Yazeed Jasser stated that "the Media Committee has been working alongside with the Organizing Committee in preparing for this event since the last six months. During this time, the two committees adopted a unique and diverse media plan. It included expanded TV and Radio coverage, in addition to the e-coverage and the live broadcasting. Moreover, the plan adopted media partnerships with a number of newspapers and TV channels, which have their influence and audience'.

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The rumor of transferring the Prophet Muhammad’s grave (peace be upon him) from the Prophet's Mosque in Medina to the Baqi cemetery influenced all the researchers and attendees of the International Conference for Media and Rumor. The on going Conference is organized by king Khalid University. That rumor goes back to one of the researchers who made his own study, and published it in the British Newspapers - the Independent and the Daily Mail.

The issue was elaborated during the fifth session of this conference, which was headed by media Professor from King Saud University, Dr. Ali Dabkl Al-Anzi. The session discussed the possible ways of the Saudi authorities to deal with that rumor, which has left a wide contentious feelings among the Muslims and the media.

The ISESCO organization called upon all Muslims everywhere to disregard these false and malicious allegations. The Organization confirmed that the Prophet’s grave - peace be upon him - is safe in its honored place, and will remain there till everything on earth returns to God. The organization also pointed out that those allegations were just aimed at causing confusion and turmoil, as well as an attempt of drawing the Islamic world in a blind dissension that threatens its security, integrity, and unity, as a part of what the region is currently exposed to, of sectarian wars, terrorism and destructive chaos driven by colonialism and criminal Zionist bodies, exactly as the organization viewed it.

Moreover, the session addressed "The Saudi electronic newspapers way to deal with rumor: a survey for the Chief Editors of the regional newspapers such as “Alwe’am” “Ajel”. The survey became necessary since the emergence of the electronic newspapers and the expansion of its activity in recent years, and because those newspapers always attempt to achieve the scoop, depending on their characteristics which enable them to spread messages faster than their paper-based counterparts.  There was a lot of debate about the credibility of the news broadcast by electronic newspapers and the extent of its contribution to the rumor spreading, due to the speed with which such electronic newspapers depend for publication. The worksheet was presented by Professor Yahya Abdullah Al-Qobaa from King Khalid University.

Dr. Mohamed Hesham Abbas Zakaria from the University of the Nile Valley, Republic of Sudan, spoke about "the implications of the negative media practices on forming rumor: a study on the existing contact in the field of journalism". This worksheet shed the light on the way the existing contact in the media institutions deals with the information credibility. It showed that by providing elements that represent a clear impact in influencing the receiver and considering the media material type as a form of rumor, leads to its initial configuration. Additionally, the worksheet highlighted and clarified some media practices followed by the existing contact intentionally or unintentionally, but contribute to the formation of the rumor, such include depending on unknown and undeclared sources, relying on secondary sources of information, and when an existing contact tries to reflect on one point of view.


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The first day of the International Conference for Media and Rumor, which was sponsored by the Emir of Asir region, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz and organized by the Information and Communication Department of King Khalid University, has included four sessions, during which 22 worksheets were presented, in addition to participation of a number of governmental sectors and national companies. Moreover, on the first day, there was an open session which was attended by His Highness the Prince of the Province.

The 1st session

The first session tackled the topic of "legitimate authentication of rumor".  On this topic, four worksheets were presented: the first worksheet entitled "The social and security dimensions of the rumors: the Islamic vision", was presented by Mr. Osman Mohamed Osman from the Islamic University in Malaysia. Mr. Osman spoke about the Islamic point of view of, and the instructions to fight, rumors, in addition to the practices that have been applied to deal with rumors. The second worksheet was presented by Dr. Mukhtar Mahmoud Atallah from King Faisal University. It is entitled "Scientific Thought development of the individual in the light of guidance from the Holy Quran and its impact on facing rumor". The worksheet dealt with how it is possible to use the methodological rules in the Holy Quran to form the scientific thinking of the individual, in addition to the development of critical spirit. Thus, an individual can face rumors, as being false statements that cannot stand in front of the proof, which is an authentic Quranic requirement.

The third worksheet, which was presented by Dr. Munira Abu Hamama from King Khalid University, carried the title of "Rumor promoters' punishment in the Islamic jurisprudence". She explained that Islamic law has considered rumor as a sin, and it must be pursued judicially, but it depends on its legitimate status, and in many cases, it is considered a crime, and there are other cases that make it an offense, while there are other cases making it a punitive crime. The fourth worksheet, which was presented by Dr. Omar Abdulrahim Rababa'a from Balqa University in Jordan, was entitled "How to deal with the rumor during crises and disasters from an Islamic perspective."

The 2nd session

All worksheets of the second session tackled the topic of "Rumor and Communication," The first worksheet was from Dr. Lutfi Mohammed Ziadi of King Faisal University, and it is titled "Marketing by Rumor" or " viral marketing ".

The second worksheet, which was presented by Prof. Tahani Abdulrazek Bahussein of the Islamic University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud, is entitled" "Free space communication and its impact on the rumor growth in social networks; analytical study for the relations between the level of the spread of rumors and news."

The third worksheet was from Dr. Adib Ahmed Shatery of the University of Aden, Yemen, and  it is titled "The role of the communicator in facing rumor.. Empirical models of Islamic history,"

The fourth worksheet was presented by Prof. Salma Shabab Al-Mutairi from the Media Department of King Saud University. It is entitled "A proposed strategy to activate community partnership to face rumors via the modern media."

The 3rd session

The third session entitled "Concepts and Definitions," provided four worksheets. The first one entitled "Rumor: a passive communicative Activity " was by Dr. Samia Boubacar Ghazouani from King Faisal University. The second worksheet was by Dr. Essa Aslon from the Global Institute of Media and Communication, Morocco. It is entitled "Rumor between the cognitive ambiguity and Media function." The third worksheet was presented by Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Saeed Al Khayat of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, and it was bout "rumor: its definition, objectives, types, sources", and the fourth worksheet was presented by Prof. Rashid Saeed Al-Ahmari of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. It is entitled "The Impact of rumor on the transformation of societies."

The 4th Session

The fourth session carried the title of "the role of Saudi institutions in fighting rumors". The session was heavily attended by a number of representatives of governmental sectors and national companies and institutions. It included three aspects: 1. Models and case studies from firsthand experiences, 2. Communicative and media methods which are commonly used in the dissemination and promotion of rumors, and 3. Ways to confront the rumors."

It is noteworthy that the following personalities participated in the fourth session: Dr. Fayez Al-Shehri from the Shura Council, Dr. Khalid Marghalani from the Ministry of Health, Mr. Saad Matrafi from Al-Arabiya Channel, Major-General. Saleh Al-omari from the Ministry of Defense, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Jarallah from the Ministry of Higher Education, Mr. Abdulrahman Sultan from the Saudi Food and Drug Administration, the media Professional Walid Faraj from mbc Action channel, Mr. Hamdan Al Shaibani from the Capital Market Authority, Ms. Rehab Abu Zeid from Aramco Company, and the Professors Ahmed Alvahilh and Ahmed Al-Farhan from the Ministry of Education.

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Today, Tuesday 3/2/14346 AH, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of  Asir region opened the activities of the International Conference for Media and Rumor. The conference is organized by King Khalid University in Asir Hall, Abha Palace Hotel at 11.00 o'clock a.m.

On this occasion, The University President, Prof. Abdulrahman Hamad Aldawood stated that The Prince's patronage of the conference was an evidence of his ongoing concern and interest of all the university's events and activities. During a press conference held yesterday, Monday 2/2/1436 AH, he - the President - stressed on how this conference was necessary for the very fact that "we are living in the era of social networks, which definitely have a great role in transmitting news".  About that role, the President said, "There is no doubt that we are nowadays witnessing a great evolution in social media activities and progress. Therefore, it has been our duty at King Khalid University to organize this conference, through which we hope to provide solutions for the phenomenon of widespread rumor, which threatens the communities."

Aldawood pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not immune, just like  the rest of the communities that suffer from rumor widespread. He said, "We know the risks of the rumor, and the great problems it creates in society, but we will work through this conference, God willing, to find out realistic solutions by hosting experts and professionals in the media in general, and those knowledgeable on rumor, particularly regarding its causes and effects. We hope to come out with recommendations and solutions to avoid the spread of this phenomenon." He added, "I expect these recommendations will have a great and desired benefit for the Media departments and offices, not only in King Khalid University, but also in all Saudi universities." Aldawood also thanked all the committees that worked on the organization and preparation of this conference. The organization Committee was headed by the University Vice - President for the Academic and Educational Affairs, Dr. Mohammed Al-Hassoun, and the Scientific Committee, was headed by the Chairman of Media and Communication Department, Prof. Ali Shuweil Al-Qarni.

On this regard, the University Vice - President for Educational and Academic Affairs, Dr. Mohammed Al-Hassoun thanked all the organizers of the conference, through which the university seeks to fight this phenomenon. He said, "I would like to especially thank the Scientific Committee, due to its great efforts in organizing this conference, besides of course, other committees that worked hard during this period."

The Head of the Media and Communication Department, who is also the Supervisor of the Afaaq Newspaper Prof. Ali Shuweil Qarni emphasized that everything was on course, and they were  well prepared for the launching of the conference. He stated, "More than 80 participants from inside and outside the Kingdom are participating in the conference, and the number of sessions will reach 12 - the opening and closing sessions inclusive." Al-Qarni also stated that the conference will organize a themed session about the role of the Saudi institutions in fighting the phenomenon of rumor.The session entitled "The role of the Saudi institutions in fighting rumor" will be  headed by the Chief Editor of Al-jazerah Newspaper, Khalid Al Malik. Representatives from a number of institutions and governmental sectors from various fields will participate in the session in order to talk about their experiences with this phenomenon.

After that, a number of journalists and media professionals had the chance to ask questions.  Mari Asiri from Al-Bilad Newspaper started asking: Do you consider the International Conference on Media and Rumor as an extension to annual regional conferences to discuss different issues? President Aldawood replied that based on the academic and scientific costume, conferences could not be repeated, instead themes that resulted from recommendations could be topics of future conferences, pointing out further that the university had a number of educational activities, seminars and workshops that were held weekly, focusing on various aspects of life.

Abdullah Al-Hajri, from the Al-Jazirah Newspaper asked: "What is the mechanism the university uses in following up the conference recommendations"? Persident Aldawood answered that there were recommendations issued by the Scientific Committee, and approved by the University Council. In that case, those recommendations could be directed to His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education, who would determine applying them over the universities, as well as to other related sectors outside the scope of higher education.

Mohammed Al-Serai from the News Channel asked: "What is the criteria of selecting the participants"? He also directed a question to the University Vice - President for the Academic Affairs, who is also the Head of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Mohammed Al-Hassoun: "What do you think of organizing such conferences as the region has no experience in this aspect"? Al-Hassoun answered that a number of institutions from various countries had been invited, thus making the event international in nature. He said "We have received nearly 700 requests of participation, and the Scientific Committee, as part of its duty, sorted these requests, and picked only those that had taken the lead in dealing with, and eliminating, rumor."

Saeed Mashhour, from Abha Radio asked a question about how the university was cooperating with the security authorities in that aspect. Dr.Mohammed Al-Hassoun responded saying, "Among participants are security sectors who will surely present their experiences in this aspect, adding that the university generally cooperates with all different sectors in this aspect, and is considered one of the main objective community service. Mashhour also asked about the university's consideration to the social networking sites as one of the easiest means of the rapid spread of rumor, while the university itself is exposed to such a source. He asked if that was the reason for organizing of the conference, and if there were specific classes to participate in the conference, and if so, what about the rest? President Al-dawood replied that the university, part of the community, contributes to finding out the solution of such phenomena. He said, "We all know that the university has key set goals in respect of education, scientific research and community service, and this conference includes all these goals, hence the reflective remarkable increase in students' scientific and cognitive achievement." He added, "Regarding invitations, all sectors were invited, and anyone can attend, participate, and take advantage of this conference. Students are also free to take part, so that they could gain knowledge and benefit."

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His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Asir Province is inaugurating the International Conference on Media and the Rumor: societal risks and ways of confrontation. The conference which is being organized by King Khalid University will hold in Abha from 3 to 5 Safar, 1436 AH, corresponding to 25 to 27 November 2014 AD.

His Excellency the University President, Prof. Abdulrahman Hamad Aldawood, has reported that the university found it necessary to study that modern communicative phenomenon scientifically and applicably. He added that studying that phenomenon became important   especially with the remarkable widespread use of social networks, and tools, and with the growth of the number of users of these tools and techniques that have contributed a lot in spreading rumors in different communities in general and in our society in particular. Aldawood clarified that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, like other countries, suffers from the spread of rumors through personal contact or through social networks without the slightest scrutiny or auditing of the information contained in some Internet contents. Such phenomenon needs to be confronted by showing its risks on the community and on the youth in particular, and by identifying ways of confronting it, depending on scientific methods, in addition to taking advantage of international experiences in this regard.

On this regard, the University Vice - President for Academic and Educational Affairs, who is also the Head of the organizing committee of the conference, Dr. Mohammed Al-Hassoun explained that the conference committees have completed the necessary arrangements for the conference, in terms of organization, hosts, publications, registration and so on. Moreover, the Scientific Committee has completed its program of meetings and is in the final stage of completion of the conference publications. So also the Women's Committee has completed its preparations for the reception of guests and has arranged their procedures and scientific participation in the conference. The Head of Media and Communication Department, who is also the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Prof. Ali Shuweil Al-Qarni said that the Scientific Committee has received up to 700 requests to participate in the conference from within and outside the Kingdom. The Scientific Committee sorted the 700 requests, and accepted 48 researches and scientific papers, which are divided into 12 sessions during the three days of the conference. Al-Qarni added that the conference would organize a special open session to discuss the role of Saudi institutions in confronting rumors. A number of ministries, Saudi entities and institutions will take part in the discussion. The number of participants to the conference has reached about 80 from within and outside the Kingdom.

During his inauguration of the national symposium, which was organized by the Faculty of Languages and Translation under the title "The Present and Future of the English Language in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns," His Excellency the University President, Prof. Dr. Abdulrahman Hamad Aldawood confirmed that the symposium proves the University's keenness on the importance of the English Language, which is an important means of communication in the international community. He added that the symposium provided unique opportunities to meet specialists, academicians, and researchers in order to exchange experiences and to benefit from the findings of scientific research, which will undoubtedly help to enhance the level of the educational process in general.

The President added that such events illustrate the University's relentless pursuit in serving the community and the nation by striving for continuous improvement. All of the above has been gracefully completed in accordance with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, who pay close attention to the application of all sciences based on contemporary insight.

On this occasion, the Dean of The Faculty of Languages and Translation, Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi stated that "The English Language is the most widely spread language amongst the languages of the world. It is the lingua franca and more importantly to us; it is particularly popular in Saudi Arabia and the whole Arab world in general. Dr. Al-Melhi asserted, "This popularity requires changes in pedagogy to cope with the educational advancements of English-speaking countries." Dr. Al-Melhi also argued for the possibility of teaching the English Language as a foreign language in the primary stage; maintaining, "It is still a contentious issue." Moreover, he talked about active utilization of modern technologies in learning the English Language. He said, "We are glad to arrange this event, which has a group of distinguished experts, with diverse academic backgrounds in the English Language; I am sure that the symposium will achieve its goals."  

Concluding his speech, Dr. Al-Melhi thanked His Excellency the University President, Prof. Dr. Abdulrahman Hamad Aldawood, and all participants who contributed to the success of the event, whether directly or indirectly.

It is noteworthy that the Scientific Committee has earlier presented as many as 22 research and scientific papers, out of which 17 of them were accepted. The submitted works tackled many issues which were approved by the Scientific Committee. The most prominent discussion was research about linguistic planning and another one on exploiting modern technology in teaching and learning the English Language. Also discussed was a research paper on the relation between the culture, learning, and teaching the English Language.  Moreover, the role of literature in learning the English language was innovatively presented alongside groundbreaking English language reading strategies. For more information click here.

The Present and Future of the English Language in Saudi Arabia
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The Present and the Future of English Language in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns

Under the auspices of His Excellency the King Khalid University President Prof. Abdulrahman Hamad Aldawood, the Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT) organized a national symposium titled," The Present and the Future of the English Language in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns." The conference is arranged to start on Sunday morning, the 25th of Dhu Al-Hijjah and to finish on the 27th.

On this occasion, Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, FLT Dean and Chairman of the Scientific Committee, explained the university's keenness on arranging specialized symposiums and scientific meetings. He further asserted that it would definitely be of great benefit as well as serve to raise the levels of scientific research and their applications in all scientific and educational institutions in Saudi Arabia. He also explained that the University President's eagerness and leadership to hold the symposium reflects the university's interest in dealing with emerging technologies in various areas of learning and teaching of the English language. He related that it also indicated a significant commitment to the development of services provided to both faculty members and graduate studies students alike. Furthermore, it will also serve to inculcate the culture of scientific research throughout King Khalid University.

Dr. Melhi added, "A lot of research and scientific papers will be presented during this symposium. Accordingly, the Scientific Committee presented 22 research papers from a number of topics, of which the Scientific Committee accepted 17. The most prominent research topic is that which discusses language planning and the use of technology in teaching and learning of the English language, as well as research on the relationship between culture and the teaching and learning of the English language. Moreover, the role of literature in English language learning and teaching will be discussed, in addition to the strategies of reading the English language. There will be 12 discussion sessions during the days of the symposium.

Dr. Melhi stated that they were going to host some specialists such as Dr. James Brown of Hawaii University, USA, and Dr. Alan Firth of Newcastle University, United Kingdom. They are expected to present a workshop, in conjunction with Prof. Sultan Al-Hazmi of Jazan University, and Prof. Abdullah Hadi, Dean of Faculty Members and University Staff. The schedule shows that on Sunday, 25/12/1435 AH, Dr. James Brown will present a workshop for Graduate Studies students and the teachers of the English Language, male and female, who are affiliated with the Ministry of Education. The time for that is 5 to 6 pm. Also on Monday the 26/12/1435 AH, Dr. Allen Firth will present another workshop directed to the same audience from 10 am to 11 a.m.

The symposium focuses on increasing the awareness of academicians, with respect to current and future trends in teaching the English language, in addition to addressing critical research issues in the field of Applied Linguistics at the levels of both theory and application. The organizers of the symposium hope that such events will promote the dissemination of knowledge related to the latest trends and publications in Applied Linguistics. Also, researchers and practitioners in the field of linguistics, and related sciences will be invited to discuss relevant issues of common interest.

The symposium will discuss a number of issues such as language and literature, methods of teaching, language, culture, language planning, language policy, methods of teaching English, curriculum development, and technology and language learning.

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The Present and the Future of English Language in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns

King Khalid University, represented by the Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT) is arranging a national symposium titled "The Present and the Future of English Language in Saudi Arabia: research concerns." The one-day conference will be held on 25/11/1435 AH.

Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, FLT Dean, and the Head of the Scientific Committee has declared that the conference will host some English Language experts from different countries including the United States and Britain. He explained that the symposium was aiming to attract scholars and researchers in various aspects of English, specifically concerning Applied linguistics so they could share their ideas and the outcome of their research, especially those related to the best methods in teaching process with their peers around the Kingdom. Dr. Al Melhi added that the symposium also aimed at raising academicians' awareness of the current and future trends in teaching English Language, as well as handling top research issues in the field of applied linguistics at the levels of theory and application.

The organizers of the symposium believe it will help in spreading knowledge of the newest trends and publications related to applied linguistics. Additionally, researchers in the field of applied linguistics, and other related fields will be invited to discuss some co-interest issues. The participants of the symposium will also discuss some topics related to literature and language, best teaching methods, culture, linguistic planning, language policies, the courses of English Language, and teaching language in line with technology. The symposium will be accompanied by a book fair.

To Review the symposium  site click on Present and Future of English in Saudi Arabia    


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