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Ruler of Sharjah establishes Sharjah Media Council

SHARJAH, 13th February, 2017 (WAM) -- H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, issued Emiri Decree No. (6) of 2017, establishing and organising the Sharjah Media Council.

Pursuant to the Decree, a government council called Sharjah Media Council will be established and will enjoy legal authority and financial, administrative and technical independence to be able to carry out its legal actions that ensure the achievement of the objectives for which it has been established.

The Decree also states that the Sharjah Media Council will be based in the Emirate of Sharjah and may, based on the approval of its chairman, establish affiliates, branches and representative offices within the Emirate of Sharjah.

As per the articles of the new Decree, the council aims to draw the media policy of the emirate, enhance the media status of the emirate locally, regionally and internationally, co-ordinate among media institutions in conformation with the policy of the emirate and supervise the free zones attached to it according to this Decree.

The new Decree also specifies the specialisations and responsibilities of the council in accordance with the federal legislations.

According to the Decree, the council’s financial resources will include government support, council-generated revenues, investment revenues or any other resource approved by the chairman.

The council will be exempted from taxes and local fees of all sorts and forms.

This Decree is effective from the date of its issuance and all concerned and competent authorities should implement its provisions, each according to its field of specialisation.

The Decree also annuls all rules that contradict its provisions and should be published in the Official Gazette.

The Sharjah Ruler also issued Emiri Decree No. (7) of 2017, appointing Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi as the Chairman of Sharjah Media Council.

The Decree is effective from the date of issuance, other competent authorities must implement its provisions, and it should be published in the Official Gazette.