St. Petersburg hosts panel session under motto “Is the media a participant or an observer in global conflicts?”

Saint Petersburg, June 7, AZERTAC

A panel session under the motto “Is the media a participant or an observer in global conflicts?” has been held as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Moderated by First Deputy Director General of Russian TASS news agency Mikhail Gusman, the event was attended by Chairman of the Board of AZERTAC, President of the News Agencies World Congress, and the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) Aslan Aslanov, TASS Director General Sergei Mikhailov, President & CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt, CEO of Press Association Clive Marshall, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Agence France-Presse Fabrice Fries, Director General of the Albanian Telegraphic Agency Armela Krasniqi, and other heads and representatives of world news agencies.

The event featured discussions on how media influences on political issues, and conflicts in different countries, as well as ways to prevent the spread of fake news that have become a key problem in the modern world.

The speakers noted the importance of diversifying news agencies' activities, and the joint fight against media outlets that mislead society by spreading fake news.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is a unique event in the world of business and economics which brings together more than 15,000 delegates from 75 countries.

SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event. Over the last 20 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

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