Wednesday 12 December 2018

Arabs inks deal with Italian news agency

ROME, September 24, 2017

The Federation of Arab News Agencies (Fana) has signed an agreement with the Italian News Agency (Ansa) to increase co-operation at the conclusion of the forum for representatives of Arab and European news agencies in Rome.

The two news organisations agreed to deepen relations and dialogue on major problems, common challenges, and the new frontiers of journalism and technology at a meeting held at Ansa’s headquarters in Rome, reported state news agency Wam.

The document, called 'Declaration of Rome,’ was signed by Fana's president and the director-general of Kuwaiti News Agency, Kuna, Sheikh Mubarak Duaij Al Ibrahim Al Sabah, and Ansa's CEO and general manager Giuseppe Cerbone at the meeting. The Wam delegation was led by Abdullah Abdul Karim, the director of the Media Coverage Department.

The declaration's main objectives include a more significant and concrete co-ordination on major current and future challenges of journalism, a 'Commission on Dialogue' between Arab and European news agencies with Ansa as a central point of contact and reference, forums on terrorism and meetings on technology to underline the increasingly fundamental role of news agencies in the era of globalisation and the Internet.

The 'Declaration of Rome' cites the value of news agencies as the ''main source of trustworthy information," stressing their contribution to ''peace and security at a local, regional, national and international level," especially in relation to ''growing misinformation and propaganda," said the statement.

After the signing, Sheikh Mubarak said that the event was an opportunity for Arab and European agencies to reconnect and share experience and views on vital issues.

During the two-day forum, Arabs presented their points of view on information and ideas published by European news agencies on conditions inside the Arab World, he stated.

European officials on their part, expressed their approval on such points, noting that they were eager to provide a transparent coverage of terrorism news and never relate it to the religion of Islam.

The two sides also agreed on cooperating in fighting media which promotes extremism, hatred and violence, he added.

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