The Ministry of Culture and SNRT join forces

The Ministry of Culture and SNRT join forces
The Ministry of Culture and SNRT join forces

Known for its archaeological riches, Morocco unveils new treasures to discerning explorers day after day. The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication and the National Radio and Television Company (SNRT) recently signed a partnership agreement in Rabat on media coverage of archaeological discoveries on the sites of Chellah and Sijilmassa.

This agreement, signed by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, and the CEO of SNRT, Fayçal Laraïchi, aims to raise awareness and publicize the importance of archaeological discoveries, to enrich the historical and heritage knowledge of the Kingdom, to promote research and to preserve heritage by highlighting the most significant discoveries.

Under the terms of this agreement, the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication undertakes in particular to schedule archaeological missions on the sites of Chellah and Sijilmassa, to facilitate access for researchers, experts and student interns, and to allocate resources to conduct archaeological research and awareness-raising workshops led by experts on these sites.

For its part, the SNRT undertakes in particular to regularly broadcast documentaries on the archaeological sites of Chellah and Sijilmassa, to guarantee complete media coverage of the missions responsible for carrying out excavations on these sites, and to produce broadcasts, journalistic reports and documentaries highlighting the archaeological discoveries made.

On this occasion, Bensaid highlighted the importance of this agreement, thanks to which SNRT will produce weekly broadcasts on the history of the archaeological site of Chellah, as well as on the site of Sijilmassa which is also of great importance in the history of the Kingdom and the region in general.

The minister said that, “By improving media coverage of the archaeological discoveries at these two sites, we are helping to make our history known, to connect the past to the present, as well as to democratize access to culture and support cultural industries in general.”.

It should be noted that the archaeological site of Chellah in Rabat has been classified as a historical monument since 1920, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. In November 2023, the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication announced important archaeological discoveries outside the Marinid enclosure of the historic site of Chellah.

On the other hand, the site of Sijilmassa, located not far from the Ziz wadi and close to Rissani, was inscribed on the national heritage list on November 23, 2017, and is of great archaeological importance as a commercial crossroads and bridge connecting many civilizations, particularly African and oriental.

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