WAM partakes in 15th General Assembly of OANA in Moscow

WAM MOSCOW, 19th September, 2013 (WAM)–Emirates News Agency (WAM) is taking part in 15th General Assembly of Organisation of Asia- Pacific News Agencies (OANA) meetings, which started in the Russian capital, Moscow, today.

WAM delegation includes Jamal Nasser Al Suwaidar, Managing Director of WAM and Ahmed Najib, Director of IT at National Media Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, today described the OANA in his message to the participants as “One of the oldest and major media gatherings in the world. OANA is the biggest international gathering of the news agencies, which contribute to unifying the media efforts in Asia and pacific regions.” He noted that the Conference being hosted by the Russian News Agency (ITAR-TASS), contributes to the cooperation among the new agencies in the areas of technology and media, as well as helping balanced coverage of events.

Putin stressed the need for transparency and balanced approach when coming to the coverage of international events, noting that concerted efforts were exerted to safeguard stability and prosperity in Asia and pacific regions. He expressed his pride about the achievements of the Russian media, adding that the Moscow Conference is a launch-pad for media initiatives and new ideas.

Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation – the Supreme Council of the Russian parliament, commended the role of news agencies- members of OANA in the coverage of activities, highlighting policies of the member states and bringing peoples closer.

Matvienko called on OANA members to exercise transparency and verification of facts amid the telecommunications revolution and the Internet.

OANA Chairman Kemal Ozturk, stressed the need for upgrading the performance of OANA and creating new mechanisms to develop cooperation among the member states, criticising some news agencies for falling short in covering the events experienced by a number of countries.

The five-day conference discusses a number of issues, among others, building of confidence measures and stronger cooperation ties among the member states to bolster the media work to keep pace with the latest in this respect.

OANA was formed in 1961 on the initiative of UNESCO to secure direct and free exchange of news among the news agencies of a region inhabited by more than one half of the world’s population.

WAM/MN

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