Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 16
By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:
Hosting such events as the 5th News Agencies World Congress is very significant for the future media, Jonas Eriksson, president of the European Alliance of News Agencies, head of the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra (TT), told Trend.
Such events allow discussing the tasks and challenges news agencies are facing today, as well as sharing new ideas and discussing the future media development, he said.
Today, the main task of the media is to convey the most truthful information to public, according to Eriksson.
Steps should be taken to make it possible for the news agencies to objectively, truthfully and, most importantly, independently convey information to people, Eriksson added.
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.