Armenian provocation stopped at Forum of European and Asian media in Kiev
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 8 / Trend /
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti on Wednesday has removed the photos containing false information about Azerbaijan from an exhibition in Kiev. The agency has also apologized to Azerbaijani delegates.
The photo exhibition, presenting the work of the photographers from the former USSR countries, was organized within the Forum of European and Asian media outlets, being held by RIA Novosti. The Forum began its work in Kiev on Wednesday.
The two photos by Armenian photographer Ruben Baghdasaryan identified the Azerbaijani district of Agdere (formerly Mardakert) now occupied by Armenia as Armenian. This prompted a strong protest from the Azerbaijani delegation.
Attempts of Armenian Ambassador to Ukraine to intervene and prevent the removal of photographs have been unsuccessful.
The forum brings together about 300 leaders of media outlets from throughout the CIS and Baltic states, as well as Georgia. The heads of information structures, newspaper and magazine chief editors, and TV and radio station general directors will attend. The guest list also includes well-known journalists and international experts.
The forum will be addressed by Adviser to the UNESCO General Director
Henry Yushkyavichus, Rospechat head Mikhail Seslavinsky, National Institute for Strategic Studies Director Andriy Yermolaev, Trend Agency General Director Ilgar Huseynov, Kazinfo Chairman Daura Diyarov, Latvian Journalists Union President Juris Paiders and other representatives of participant countries.
The online newspaper, "100 Sides," will be presented asat the forum. Each media outlet will have the opportunity to publish its materials on the site and share content. The idea of creating an integrated e-resource was proposed last year at the forum, RIA Novosti reported.
Viktor Yanukovych was supposed to attend the forum. However, the day before the event, his administration said he would not be able to meet with the forum participants due to busy schedule. The president will be represented by Ukrainian Presidential Administration Deputy Chief Anna German.
This is the fifth annual forum of representatives of national media outlets from post-Soviet countries. RIA Novosti initiated the first such meetings in 2006. The annual forum aims to discuss issues facing media outlets in the modern world.