Sep 2, 2018, 12:58 PM
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OANA member news agencies need a permanent secretariat

Damascus, IRNA – Member news agencies of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) need a permanent secretariat to help them have defined planning, according to the managing director of Syria's SANA state news agency.

Abdul Rahim Ahmed made the remarks while speaking in an interview with Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) correspondent in Damascus on the eve of an OANA meeting in Tehran.

The sanctions on Syria stopped SANA from paying its membership fee for some years, Ahmed said, adding that although the news agency sent the fee with delay, they could not withdraw the money from the account.

He said that setting up a permanent secretariat could prevent such a problem.

Undoubtedly, OANA consists of all Asia-Pacific news agencies and intends to defend the rights of member countries and to cope with the West's media war, the official said.

Training OANA members with the new scientific and practical instruments needs to be put on the agenda of the regioanl body, Ahmed said, underlining the need for exchange of views and experiences between the member news agencies.

He said that the capacity of IRNA School of Media Studies can be used to train the staff of the OANA member states' news agencies.

SANA chief also urged OANA member states' news agencies to set up a news faculty for training staffs and to launch a joint satellite to cover all the news of the member countries.

One half of the whole world population are living in OANA area, he said adding that with further solidarity and unity among members, OANA can be more influential in the world of news.

Noting that some unspecialized and nonprofessional people are active in social network who tend not to pay attention to the source and credibility of news, Ahmed said that the news agencies should play their part as credible sources of news.

The OANA meeting is scheduled to be held in Tehran on Sept. 2-5 chaired by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

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