Sep 3, 2018, 10:21 AM
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OANA needs new approaches to deal with age of information: Minister

Tehran, Sept 3, IRNA - The Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) was urged in a meeting in Tehran to adopt new methods and approaches not to lag behind modern science and technology in the field of news dissemination.

We live in an era when the media need to re-define and re-evaluate themselves in order not to lag behind science and technology. Therefore, re-organizing the mechanisms based on the new atmosphere of the communication world and social networks is an inevitable necessity, Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi said Monday while
addressing the 43rd meeting of OANA Executive Board in Tehran.

He added OANA, as an organization with lofty and independent goals, can significantly enhance synergy and solidarity of peoples and governments. With this approach, OANA can increase regional and international convergence and cooperation in a bigger scope and challenge one-way and biased media mainstreaming or at least decrease its effects.

'Drafting and adopting updated and effective programs by OANA member countries is an inevitable and serious duty and having short-term, medium-term and long-term plans which are feasible to be implemented can speed up the process of strengthening OANA and make it more harmonious,' said the minister.

The following is the full text of Minister Salehi's speech:

Respected President of OANA,

Honorable Managing Director of IRNA,

Distinguished Guests,

I welcome you to the Islamic Republic of Iran to attend the meeting of Executive Board of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA). I wish you a successful meeting.

Today, media are no more separate islands and synergic approaches and coalitions are quite common among them. In the past when media had limited coverage, each of them tried to follow its own and specific methods, but today, it is media coalitions and news mainstreaming that can stand against news colonialism.

The Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), which was set up in 1961 on UNESCO's initiative to make balance against the one-way information dissemination in Asia and Oceania, was an effort to create equilibrium and prevent unilateral approaches in media and news dissemination.

However, it seems that turning OANA into an efficient organization requires a new agenda based on the new media approaches. OANA, as a purposeful and independent organization, not only as a coalition with specific agenda but as an organization seeking development, can be a deciding factor in the field of communications and in the age of information.

Esteemed Delegates,

We live in an era when the media need to re-define and re-evaluate themselves in order not to lag behind science and technology. Therefore, re-organizing the mechanisms based on the new atmosphere of the communication world and social networks is an inevitable necessity.

Public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy as part of it has a special position in modern world. With cultural diplomacy, the capacities and successes of countries are used as an advantage in the political and international scenes. Cultural diplomacy is an influential process in which cultures of nations are presented to other countries and the different cultural features of nations are promoted in different levels.

Undoubtedly, culture, as an influential and powerful instrument, itself, has turned into an effective diplomacy and has gained political and social functions and effectiveness in addition to its cultural effects. In fact, cultural potentials and successes of countries are employed in the political and international scenes as an advantage and media diplomacy has an outstanding effect in this regard. OANA, as a big organization, covering a great number of population, can become an effective tool for cultural and media diplomacy.

OANA, as an organization with lofty and independent goals, can significantly enhance synergy and solidarity of peoples and governments. With this approach, OANA can increase regional and international convergence and cooperation in a bigger scope and challenge one-way and biased media mainstreaming or at least decrease its effects.

The Islamic Republic of Iran as the host of OANA's Executive Board Meeting (EBM) is determined to use its experiences and potentials to strengthen this organization so that proper news dissemination can replace one-way and biased news mainstreaming.

Drafting and adopting updated and effective programs by OANA member countries is an inevitable and serious duty and having short-term, medium-term and long-term plans which are feasible to be implemented can speed up the process of strengthening OANA and make it more harmonious.

Excellencies,
Distinguished Participants,

I would like to seize the opportunity to inform you about part of the activities carried out and the progress achieved in my country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution:
Currently, in the Islamic republic of Iran, 3,800 printed media including dailies, weeklies, monthlies, and periodicals are published. 31 news agencies and 1,300 news websites are also active in Iran in the field of press and information.

Out of the 3,800 printed media, 75 are working in the field of children and young adults, 10 are for the handicapped, 100 news websites are about cinema and literature, 90 are for families, 350 for sports, and 12 special publications for religious minorities.

I should also add that out of 3,800 active printed media in Iran, 1,400 are run by female managers which is an indication of strong presence of women in the field of media in Iran.

In the end, I wish you a lively meeting and constructive discussions, as well as a memorable stay for every guest in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Thank you for your attention.

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