UNESCO: Quality journalism vital for societies everywhere
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 16
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
The quality journalism has never been so vital for societies everywhere, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova said in a video message.
Bokova made remarks while addressing to the participants of the 5th News Agencies World Congress in Baku November 16
“In moving forward, I believe our starting point is clear,” she said. “This is our belief in the importance of independent, ethical and pluralistic media for human rights and dignity, for the rule of law and good governance, for democracy and sustainable development.”
Bokova thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for this initiative.
Azerbaijan is hosting the 5th News Agencies World Congress, the 16th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and the 22nd Session of the Council of CIS Heads of News Agencies.
Azerbaijan is represented in the events by Trend and AzerTAc news agencies.
Co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Azerbaijan’s state news agency AzerTAc, these events bring together heads and officials of about 100 news agencies, international media experts, and officials from UNESCO and regional media organizations.
Speakers in the sessions include presidents of the News Agencies World Congress, OANA, EANA, FANA, managers of Associated Press, Reuters, Xinhua, Anadolu Agency, TASS, Agence France-Press, Press Association, EFE, Yonhap, Kyodo News, TT, SPA, BTA, AAP, IRNA, DPA, Notimex, ATPE and other leading news agencies, Los Angeles Times newspaper, Al Arabiya TV channel, and experts from Tripod Advisors, News Corp, PwC, Axel Springer and Stibo Accelerator media companies.
Initiated by the Russian news agency TASS, the 1st News Agencies World Congress was held in Moscow on Sept. 24-25, 2004.