|VNA Deputy General Director (right); OANA Secretary General and ITAR-TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman (left).— VNA/VNS Photo Vu Viet Trang
HA NOI (VNS) — The Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) opened its 37th annual meeting in Manama, capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, on Monday to discuss a professional code for information.
Since its inception in 1961 at a UNESCO initiative, OANA has become a mass media floor for information exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region.
A total of 44 news agencies from 35 countries are involved.
OANA secretary-general and ITAR-TASS first deputy director General Mikhail Gusman said member agencies provided about 70 per cent of the world news flow.
General director of the Bahrain News Agency Muhannad Solaiman said he hoped that OANA members would discuss measures to foster the development of the organisation.
Deputy general director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Le Duy Truyen delivered a speech on the changing face of mass media.
According to Truyen, information technology had changed many things in the media industry, but it could not alter the enduring values of the media, namely precision, objectivity, attractiveness and humanity.
He said VNA correspondents were now required to be able to write and take photos and films as well, adding that only true journalists with professional qualifications, passion and courage could fulfill the media's noble mission.
He said human resources played a key and decisive role in creating outstanding press work, which built up the prestige of media organisations, while technology was a supporting tool to transmit messages to readers faster and more widely.
In addition to professional ethics, participants spoke about the principles of processing information on terrorism, violence and natural disasters.
They decided to set up a OANA Development Committee to share professional experience and map out development strategies. — VNS