Trend becomes Azerbaijan’s first news agency to join WAN-IRFA

Trend becomes Azerbaijan’s first news agency to join WAN-IRFA

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 27 / Trend /‏

Trend International News Agency has become a member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the largest and most prestigious organisation, bringing together 18,000 publications and 15,000 websites of news publishers and other industry players from around the world.

WAN was founded in 1948 to protect and promote the ideas of press freedom and economic independence. IFRA was founded as the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry, developing technologies and promoting colour printing for newspapers from the early stages.

Since 2009 WAN-IFRA is not only the global representatives of the world's press, but the global network for the news publishing industry facilitating information exchange between publishers, technology and service providers. WAN-IFRA's mission is to be the indispensable partner of newspapers and the entire news publishing industry worldwide, particularly its members, in the defence and promotion of press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses and technology.

"Participation in WAN-IFRA will provide Trend with an access to the latest information about modern technologies of working with news and opportunities to exchange experiences with colleagues from across the globe," PR director of Trend Elina Shihmagomedova said.

"We are very pleased to welcome Trend to our organisation. Trend is the first Azerbaijani information agency to join WAN-IFRA, and only the second member to join from Azerbaijan. We hope to not only support their business, but also establish closer relations with the industry in this region in the future," WAN-IFRA Membership Services and Development Director Birke Becker said.

Founded in 1995 as a private media outlet in Azerbaijan, Trend Agency is a leading news provider in the Caucasus, Caspian region and the Central Asia.

In 2010, Trend was admitted to the membership of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA). Trend Agency has five news services - Azerbaijani, English, Russian, Arabic and Persian. The services provide news of countries and regions by placing more focus on on-going events in languages appropriate to the specific audiences.

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