Chaired by AZERTAC, 17th OANA General Assembly gets underway in Seoul

Seoul, November 7, AZERTAC

The 17th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) has officially kicked off in the capital of the Republic of Korea, Seoul.

Organized by Korean Yonhap news agency and chaired by AZERTAC, the General Assembly brings together 32 news agencies from 28 countries. AZERTAC news agency, a member of OANA since 2004, has been chairing this organization since 2016. Established under the auspices of UNESCO in 1961, OANA is one of the world’s largest media organizations.

An exhibition of photos submitted by the OANA member agencies was organized as part of the General Assembly. AZERTAC also displayed its photos at the exhibition, which featured a total of nearly 100 works in news, culture and nature categories. Along with the heads of news agencies, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea Park Yang-woo also attended the opening ceremony.

Addressing the General Assembly, president of the Yonhap Cho Sung-boo said that news agencies around the world were facing new challenges, adding that the agencies should turn these challenges into new opportunities. Cho Sung-boo hailed AZERTAC’s presidency of OANA and expressed his gratitude to the news agency’s leadership.

OANA President, AZERTAC’s Chairman of Board Aslan Aslanov highlighted the works done to improve the OANA’s activity during the agency’s presidency of the organization. He said the projects implemented in this regard covered the dissemination of the member agencies` news through OANA’s website, social networks, search engines among other areas. “At the same time, AZERTAC submitted comprehensive proposals to OANA member agencies, which included establishing the organization's training academy, conducting annual trainings, applying more flexible management structures and other issues. OANA, which is more than half a century old, is of great value to all of us. Through us, OANA brings our nations and countries closer to each other, maintaining traditions of journalism and transferring them to the next generations. Therefore, the continuous improvement of our organization is important to each of us. The contribution of each agency to this work is valuable,” Aslan Aslanov added.

In his remarks, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea Park Yang-woo emphasized that fake news posed a serious challenge to the media all over world, adding that the role of reliable news agencies had significantly increased in this regard.

The General Assembly features a conference on the theme “New challenges for journalism: technological innovations and reliability of news stories”.

Moderated by OANA Secretary General Vugar Seyidov, the first session of the conference was themed “Media environment and technological advantages in the 5G era”.

The conference will close on November 8.

Elshan Shahbalayev

Parvana Garayeva

Special Correspondents

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