About Information Affairs Authority (IAA)
The Information Affairs Authority (IAA) is the government body in charge of the affairs of internal and external formal media in the kingdom, and supervises all media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, publications, radio and TV stations and websites. It has been presided by His Excellency Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa since July 8th, 2010.
Achieving national interests and safeguarding national unity, security, stability and civic peace so as to ensure the continuity of the political and democratic reform march and economic development and protection of human right and basic freedoms, in a way that reflects the landmark strides attained during the prosperous era of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, top IAA’s priorities.
Achieving Media Excellence in the light of Bahrain Vision 2030.
(Creativity in quality organization and performance of the media in order to boost national identity and international position of the Kingdom of Bahrain and to enrich community knowledge and culture).
1- Credibility. 2- Freedom. 3- Fairness. 4- Competitiveness. 5- Sustainability. Values: 1- Respect. 2- Commitment. 3- Quality 4- Creativity.
IAA'S FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
Promote freedom of press and the rights of expression and opinion in different printed, audio, audio-visual and electronic media, according to the Constitution and international al laws and conventions
The IAA's Structure
The IAA's Structure
Establishment and Organization of the Information Affairs Authority
His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued, on July 8th, 2010, Royal Decree (31) for the year 2010, renaming the Culture and Information Ministry into the (Ministry of Culture) and establishing the Information Affairs Ministry (IAA), to be in charge of all media affairs stipulated in the Kingdom’s laws and regulations. In Royal Decree (33) for the same year, HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa has been appointed as IAA President with the rank of Minister.
Below is IAA's organizational structure
First: IAA President:
Second: Director-General of Press and External Information :
Third: Director-General for Radio and Television Affairs :
Fourth: Director-General for Printing and Publications:
The number of newspapers in Bahrain has risen from 4 Arabic and English dailies in 1999 to 12 dailies and weeklies in 2012.
They are Akhbar Al-Khaleej (1976), Al-Ayam (1989), Al-Wassat (2002), Al-Watan (2005) and Al-Bilad (2008). Al-Meethaq (May 2004) and Al-Waqt (February 2006) stopped publishing due to financial reasons. Gulf Daily News (1978) and Daily Tribune (1997) are two English dailies.
Development of the audio-visual media
Upgrading media legislation
IAA is committed to upgrading legislation and laws regulating the press and media sector, whether conventional or electronic, as per international conventions and in cooperation with the legislative power and pioneering foreign institutions. Among the most important legislation are:
Qualifications and encouragement to media personnel
IAA is keen to improve the competence and performance of its staff through organizing various training courses and workshops, in cooperation with highly prestigious Arab and international media establishments for example with CNN, AOP, BBC, MBC, Reuters, TWofourt54, the French National Audio-visual Institute, etc..
IAA has always been committed to honoring distinguished works of active journalism and media. IAA President HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa launched the Social Media Award 2012 in its first edition awarding prizes to the top 30 international social media users according to the following considerations, et alia: responsibility, creativity, contribution, confidence, credibility, compliance with professional ethics and morals. IAA intends to develop the award as from the year 2013 to cover throughout the GCC countries.
Fifth: Consolidating media relations abroad
IAA paid a great attention to the activation of MoUs signed with foreign media corporations and organizations in addition to opening media attaché offices in a number of sisterly and friendly countries in the year 2011 namely: Egypt, USA, UK, France and Belgium, and developing organizational skeleton of the external media sector in IAA. Moreover, IAA organizes specialized forums and conferences in the field of journalism, the media and intellectual property, etc., in addition to significant developments which portray the true facts behind the actual situation, reform and development accomplished in the Kingdom at various regional and international functions.
In recognition of the Kingdom’s achievements in terms of press and media freedom, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received the Arab Media Creativity Award 2010 from the Arab Media Forum which coincided with the events of “Manama the Capital of the Arab Press for 2012” in the period 28-29 February 2012.
IAA's President HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa inaugurated in June 2011 the authority’s media strategy for the years 2011-2016. This step is considered the first of its kind in the history of the official media work and aims to improve performance and stimulate creativity to upgrade the media sector on scientific grounds.
IAA intends to carry out its strategy both professionally and competently whilst observant to the five principles for a responsible media business as follows: credibility, responsible freedom, fairness, competitiveness by stimulating creativity and sustainability by encouraging media investments and promoting all economically feasible activities.
IAA media strategy focuses on high values and principles regarding mutual respect, compliance with ethical and professional principles in conduct and job performance, quality assurance, encouragement of creativity and self-improvement, featuring spirit of cooperation, collective work, ensuring efficient, excellent job performance and institutionalization of the media field.