Baku, SANA – The 5th News Agencies World Congress and 16th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) started their activities on Wednesday in the Azari capital of Baku, with the participation of the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), represented by Director-General Ahmad Dawa.
The three-day Conference is held under the slogan “New Challenges for News Agencies” and discusses various issues such as the future of news consumption and news agencies, innovation, training journalists to keep up with multimedia technology, protecting journalists, and freedom of access to information.
The Conference will also discuss reports by news agencies and will produce a photo album containing around 600 photos submitted by the participating agencies, which are represented by 77 journalists from 39 Asian agencies, 51 from 30 European agencies, 25 from 16 African agencies, 17 from 9 American agencies, and 4 from 3 Australian agencies.
The Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) was formed in 1961 by an initiative by the UNESCO with the aim of exchanging information among the news agencies of its members.
It is an association of news agencies from UNESCO member states in the Asia-Pacific region. It includes 43 news agencies from 35 countries in its membership, and the Syrian Arab News Agency is considered one of its founding members.
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