WINDOW — By Salem Al Jawhary — Every morning the press comes out with new topics on a wide range of issues, from politics to the citizens’ issues and from societal topics to economic issues. All these articles have one thing in common: the interests of the nation and the citizens. Regrettably, most of what is being written every day in the press or telecast in other media fall upon deaf ears, and most of the calls went unheeded by the government officials, apart from few issues that threaten the position of an official at one of the ministries or the other government departments.
The lukewarm response of the decision-makers to the issues being raised by the press has two interpretations both of which condemn the officials; either these officials do not know about the criticism directed to their entities, or they know yet they take the issue of the citizens lightly and are unwilling to find solutions.
Some officials believe that the press just tries to catch mistakes and create troubles about trivial matters. Others think they are immune against accountability and beyond questioning.
The press is the citizens’ heart which throbs with their issues. It often aligns itself with the citizen, however not in all cases, because the citizens have effective opinion and they are capable of changing many policies through all the means available to them.
The purpose of the government entities is to be at the service of the citizens and to devote all their energy for the fulfilment of this aim. The world is in a constant process of change and therefore the mentality of the officials should also change, they have to adopt new concepts so that they can keep pace with the changing nature of things. They have to respond to the issues not in a defensive manner but in an effective way, that is by finding solutions to the issues that are raised.