Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 8 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The Russian RIA Novosti international news agency launched the Forum of European and Asian Media Outlets in Kiev today.
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.
Ukrainian President 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.