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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : AI Threatens 300 Million Jobs Globally

Participants at the Third Annual Congress for Arab Media Professionals, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union in Tunis. Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt
Participants at the Third Annual Congress for Arab Media Professionals, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union in Tunis. Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt
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AI Threatens 300 Million Jobs Globally

Participants at the Third Annual Congress for Arab Media Professionals, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union in Tunis. Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt
Participants at the Third Annual Congress for Arab Media Professionals, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union in Tunis. Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt

International media, communication, and new technologies experts have discussed the positive and negative effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Arab media sector and the media in general, as well as on the global economy, during the Third Annual Congress for Arab Media Professionals, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union in Tunis.

In an interview with Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt, the President of the Arab States Broadcasting Union and the CEO of Saudi Broadcast Authority (SBA), Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, pointed to an increasing interest of media and communication officials in the effects of AI on media content and on the use of modern means of communication to address billions of people around the world.

Asked about the importance of the annual congress and the message it conveys about AI and its effects on the media, Al-Harithi said: “The interest of the Arab States Broadcasting Union in this phenomenon was imposed by global media, technological and communications developments... Artificial intelligence will not only change the media sector, but it will also impact many sectors in the Arab region and in the entire world.”

He revealed that a report issued by the World Bank predicts that 40 percent of jobs worldwide may disappear due to AI.

“There are also reports that estimate that about 300 million jobs will vanish soon due to applications of AI in many sectors, including media, communications, technologies, and services,” he added.

Regarding the consequences of AI on media and communication in particular, Al-Harthi emphasized that this sector was the most affected by rapid technological changes, especially by AI, because it depends more than others on the complete overlap between content creation, modern technologies, and the promotion of media products within many new and complex mechanisms and methods.

“We are in an era in which much of the media has begun to give in to AI mechanisms... We noticed this during our tours around the world, including to the international news agency, The Associated Press (AP), which produces about a third of its media and communication materials through advanced digital software, in which journalists and humans in general do not interfere... especially for some traditional media stories, such as the results of sports matches,” he told Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt.

Al-Harthi continued: “This development undoubtedly poses many challenges to those responsible for media, communication, and influencing public opinion through very modern digital technological means, including the challenge of fake or fabricated news.”

He noted that the Arab States Broadcasting Union has opened important cases related to the misuse of AI, such as “violating privacy and personal data,” publishing “fake news,” and stealing and broadcasting news without respecting intellectual property rights and broadcasting rights.

Commenting on studies that prove successful AI practices in various media and communication sectors, Al-Harthi said: “We also have successful experiences, and AI as a whole is not a curse. Rather, it can also be a blessing for media professionals, students, researchers, and the public.”

However, he stressed that ensuring the accuracy of information requires, in many cases, serious human scrutiny and intervention by media professionals, experts, and researchers to verify the authenticity of the news and information, as well as conducting investigations into contradictory news and sources, and their cross-references.

“At the same time, there are those who consider the acceleration of the use of artificial intelligence to be a frightening development. Therefore, the concerned authorities in the United States held meetings with all those involved with the aim of rationalizing the benefit of AI mechanisms in accordance with directives that are consistent with the country’s constants and its highest national interests.”



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Siddiq al-Mahdi: Sudanese Public Unites on Need to End War

Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)
Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)
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Siddiq al-Mahdi: Sudanese Public Unites on Need to End War

Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)
Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)

Siddiq al-Mahdi, Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), stressed the urgent need for humanitarian aid to Sudanese citizens suffering from the ongoing conflict.

In an interview with Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt in Addis Ababa, al-Mahdi criticized the National Congress Party for manipulating its alliance with the military to advance its political goals.

Al-Mahdi said he would only engage in the political process if the party ends its connection with the military and security forces.

He highlighted a growing recognition of the need to end the war, noting a shift away from military solutions as a positive sign of Sudanese public opinion converging on the need for peace.

The Taqaddum official said this change has reduced support for the war and increased regional and international calls for its end.

Al-Mahdi warned that the war has caused a severe humanitarian crisis and poses threats to the region, neighboring countries, the Horn of Africa, and Red Sea security.

“The need to stop the war is now urgent, and we must act on this,” he said.

He praised international efforts, including the Paris and Cairo conferences and the UN's attempts to bring the warring sides together in Geneva for aid and protection.

Al-Mahdi also revealed that his coalition had proposed a plan to the military and Rapid Support Forces, focusing on humanitarian aid, political arrangements to end the war, and a transition to civilian democracy.

He stressed that the humanitarian situation cannot wait for the war to end.

“Providing aid and protecting citizens are urgent priorities. We need to act now to deliver aid, even before the war ends,” he said.

He noted that the best approach involves coordinating initiatives from various platforms, including Jeddah, IGAD, and its key member states Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, as well as Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, the African Union, and the United Nations.

Al-Mahdi emphasized that all these entities are working on humanitarian and peace efforts.

He stated that any alignment among mediators, conflict parties, and civil components is viewed by Taqaddum as a comprehensive process for achieving peace.