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 AA -Anadolu Agency Photos of the Year winners awarded Award ceremony held at agency's headquarters

Sefa Sahin | 12.01.2021


Winners of the Anadolu Agency Photo of the Year contest were presented with their awards at a ceremony held in Turkey's capital Ankara.

The award ceremony was attended by agency's Director-General Senol Kazanci, Deputy Director-General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu, and Deputy Director General Mustafa Ozkaya.

Kazanci presented plaques to Ozkan Bilgin, winner in the news category for Avalanche Disaster in Van; Muhammed Said, winner in the life category for Joy of Infant Muhammed; and Fecri Barlik, winner in the sports category with Volleyball Field Made of Plastics.

Thanking the contributors, Kazanci underlined the importance of the contest saying it "contributes to the promotion of Anadolu Agency".

Congratulating the winners of the contest, Mutanoglu said their efforts add value to Anadolu Agency.

"Through this contest, we show Anadolu Agency is the center of photography in Turkey," he noted.

Also speaking at the award ceremony, Ozkaya said their intention was to organize a contest that would contribute to the promotion of Anadolu Agency.

Winner Said said: "The photo I took became a symbol of Turkey's humanitarian policies."

Kazanci, on the picture taken in a refugee camp in northern Syria, remarked that it had attracted attention from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, First Lady Emine Erdogan and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who later helped in the medical treatment of infant Muhammed.

Mutanoglu said he had taken a personal interest in the picture and the story behind it, and he will closely follow infant Muhammed's condition in the future.


A total of 394,624 people joined the voting throughout December.

Ozkan Bilgin's Avalanche disaster in Turkey's Van won the first place in the news category, while Happiness of baby Muhammad by Muhammad Said became first in the life category.

Volleyball court made of tires by Fecri Barlik took the first place in the sports category.

Bilgin's photograph depicts a Turkish soldier sitting in the snow with teary eyes and holding the vest of his friend buried under a second avalanche during search and rescue efforts for the victims of the first avalanche in the eastern Van province's Bahcesaray district.






The photo taken by Said shows father Khalid Mosaitef throwing his 15-month-old congenital amputee son Muhammad in the air after returning back to Idlib, Syria with prosthesis legs following his treatment in Turkey upon Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu's instruction.

Barlik's photo shows a group of children wearing masks and playing volleyball at a court they made with vehicles tires in the southeastern Siirt province.

The results of the voting can be reached at

Anadolu Agency held its first Photos of the Year contest in 2012.






Istanbul Photo Awards announces jury for 2021 contest

Seasoned Reuters photojournalist Goran Tomasevic joins this year's jury of contest involving prestigious names

Dilan Pamuk | 11.02.2021


The jury for the international photography contest Istanbul Photo Awards 2021, organized by Anadolu Agency for the seventh time this year, has been announced.

This year's jury includes NOOR Agency Photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev, Visual Storyteller Marion Mertens, AFP Former Director of Photo Business Development Michel Scotto, Author and Photojournalist Deborah Copaken, Getty Images Chief Sports Photojournalist Cameron Spencer, Photojournalist Ahmet Sel, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor in Chief Hasan Oymez and Anadolu Agency Photo Editor Firat Yurdakul.

Goran Tomasevic, Reuters photojournalist who has covered the world's biggest stories for over 20 years, also joined the jury of the contest this year.

His photos, which have become some of the most enduring images of the conflicts fought in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, and photographic features from Africa bear witness to history and are published on international media.

Tomasevic's works have been recognized with many prestigious international awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo. His works were exhibited at Czech Photo Gallery in 2012, Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondents Club in 2014 and the annual Visapour l'Image festival in Perpignan multiple times.

The jury of the contest, which is participated by hundreds of professional photographers worldwide annually, will meet online on May 4 to 6.

The winners will be announced on May 11 after the selection process, followed on the platform specially prepared for the contest by the Anadolu Agency's dedicated tech team.

Information related to the jury members composed of a prestigious member of the world of photography can be accessed at

The winner of Photo of the Year, who is Single News category first prize winner, will be awarded $6,000.

The winners in other categories will be awarded $3,000 for first prize, $1,500 for second prize, and $1,000 for third. Only first place will be awarded in Story Daily Life and Story Portrait categories. 6

Anadolu Agency bags international photo award

Turkish photojournalists awarded in Local Team Picture Story of Year category with photo series 'An Open Door to Europe'

Fatih Yorganci | 19.02.2021


Photojournalists from Turkey's leading news source Anadolu Agency on Thursday were recognized by the Pictures of the Year (POY) International Award.

Anadolu Agency's team received the finalist award in the category of Local Team Picture Story of the Year with the photo series "An Open Door to Europe".


Anadolu Agency (AA) photojournalists receive the finalist award at Pictures of the Year International (POY)

Photojournalists Sebnem Coskun, Elif Ozturk, Arif Hudaverdi Yaman, Gokhan Balci, and Onur Coban's 20-image photo series depict a group of asylum seekers in Turkey's northwestern border province of Edirne hoping to go to Europe.

The annual photo competition is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in the US and has been awarding the best photojournalism since 1944. The awards are given in various categories after reviewed by an expert jury in the field of press photography every year.

This year's Local Team Picture Story of the Year is a new premiere category and "recognizes the collaborative effort of a photo staff covering a single topic that is important to its local audience," according to POY's website.

"It is a narrative picture story or series that is comprised of pictures taken as part of a team or staff effort to cover a local issue or news story," it added.

Anadolu Agency trains journalists from 50 states

Nearly 900 journalists receive various in-person, online trainings from Anadolu Agency News Academy throughout 2020

Muhammet Tarhan | 29.12.2020 8


Anadolu Agency News Academy organized in-person and online training programs for 888 journalists from 50 countries across the globe this year despite the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The News Academy of Turkey's leading news agency, which continues its activities under the agency's 100th-anniversary vision and aims to share the organization's centennial journalism experience with media representatives from different continents, organized training programs in 27 categories throughout the year.

Continuing its trainings during the pandemic, the News Academy organized online programs for the first time in this context.

Rise in training programs

The News Academy training programs climbed by 58% in 2020 compared to the previous year, despite the outbreak.

While organizing training programs in 17 categories last year, the News Academy raised this number to 27 in 2020.

Accordingly, nearly an 80% rise in the total course hours was also reported this year as the News Academy provided 2,662 hours of courses, compared to 1,473 the previous year.

While a total of 567 media representatives attended the trainings in 2019, this number reached 888 in 2020, while another significant rise was noticed in the number of foreign media representatives attending the courses.

However, six trainings on war journalism planned to be organized for the agency personnel and international journalists were canceled due to coronavirus measures.




New trainings in curriculum

The News Academy provides special training programs to train expert journalists in the field. 9

Along with the existing modules of energy journalism, diplomacy journalism, and next generation media, this year humanitarian journalism, data journalism, and defense reporting were also added to the curriculum.

In addition to theoretical journalism courses, the program also included practical courses such as journalism in crisis regions, drone training, and F keyboard training.

While 70 experts from Anadolu Agency's experienced staff lectured during the trainings, 22 guest lecturers participated in the programs and shared their experiences.

Trainees from 50 countries

The News Academy shared Anadolu Agency's 100 years of experience in Turkish, English, and Arabic languages with media representatives from 50 friendly countries throughout the year.

A total of 466 international journalists, including media representatives from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific region, and Central Asian countries, participated in the trainings.

The successful journalists were given certificates.

Joint trainings

The News Academy this year has expanded the program's content as well as the diversity of the participants.

The academy organized 10 trainings jointly with the Turkey's Cooperation and Coordination Agency and two with the country's Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities.

As part of the program, Anadolu Agency's experienced reporters gave lectures on internet journalism, news writing techniques, social media applications, news and infographics, as well as images and photo shooting.

In-house trainings continue

The in-house trainings of the News Academy for the Anadolu Agency employees continued throughout the year, both in-person and online, with protective measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

These trainings also included programs on news language, diction, agency reporting, UAV-1 certified drones, and F keyboard.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev


AFP calls for the release of a translator working for its journalists in Ethiopia

AFP calls on the Ethiopian authorities to release a man who was arrested while he was serving as a translator for a team of its journalists reporting in the Tigray region, 10

the scene of a military operation launched in early November by Addis Ababa against the then regional authorities.

Fitsum Berhane was arrested at his home on Friday night by uniformed men in the regional capital Mekele and has since been detained without being able to see his relatives. Another man, Alula Akalu, who was working as a translator with a journalist from the Financial Times daily, was arrested a few hours later on Saturday in Mekele, and he too remains detained.

Fitsum Berhane was arrested after working for three days as a translator for a team of AFP journalists duly accredited by the Ethiopian authorities for a series of reports in the northern region of Tigray. It has been difficult to access Tigray, and communication in the region has been difficult, since a military intervention by federal forces took place last November to oust the dominant party, the TPLF (Tigray People's Liberation Front), from power in the region.

Tigray's interim authorities have indicated that the two translators are under investigation, without further details.

"We have not been informed of any specific charges against Fitsum Berhane. His collaboration with a media outlet should not be a motive for his arrest, and we call for his immediate release," said Phil Chetwynd, AFP's Global News Director.

Changes to the Executive committee at AFP

Agence France-Presse is making changes to its management team, with the appointment of new directors at the helm of the Latin America, Africa, North America regions and the Brand and Communications department, effective between April and July 2021.

Maria Lorente, who has been the Buenos Aires bureau chief since 2019, will replace Pierre Ausseill as regional director for the Latin America region. Pierre Ausseill will replace Boris Bachorz as director for the Africa region. Boris Bachorz for his part has been named Brand and Communications Director. Finally, Marc Lavine will replace Brigitte Dusseau as regional director for North America.

Prior to Buenos Aires, Maria Lorente was regional editor-in-chief for Latin America for more than five years, based in Montevideo. She began her career at AFP in Montevideo in 2001 as a multimedia journalist before joining the Los Angeles bureau two years later as a Spanish-speaking correspondent. Maria was also a correspondent in Brussels and the Latin American desk chief in Montevideo. 11





Regional director for Latin America since 2017, Pierre Ausseill had headed the Rio de Janeiro bureau for five years, a period marked by the World Cup and the Olympic Games in Brazil. After working for the Sygma and Associated Press agencies, he joined AFP in 1996 in Paris in the justice division before joining the Libreville bureau. He also worked at the Madrid bureau, as a journalist and subsequently head of newsroom, and as deputy editor-in-chief in Paris, in charge of Africa.




Marc Lavine has held the position of Asia-Pacific Sales and Marketing Director, based in Hong Kong, since 2016, having spent most of his career at AFP as a journalist. He joined the Agency in 1994 in Hong Kong before working successively at the Kabul, Bangkok, Seoul and Los Angeles bureaus. In 2006, he was appointed Sydney bureau chief and then regional editor-in-chief for Asia-Pacific, a position he held for four years before taking up his current function. Marc was also editor-in-chief of SportAsia, the former sports news subsidiary of AFP.



The first director of the new Africa region, created in 2016, Boris Bachorz previously headed the East Africa bureau in Nairobi. He joined AFP in 1985, and was notably European affairs correspondent in Brussels, editor-in-chief for the London and Moscow bureaus, and head of the Society department in Paris.






The Athens News Agency (AMNA) announced the appointment of a new president and general director, with Aimilios Perdikaris assuming the helm of Greece's 116-year-old press agency.

Perdikaris, 41, received his law degree from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens' Law School , with post-graduate studies in communication and new media at the University of Athens' school of mass media and communication.

A member of the Athens Journalists' Union (ESIEA) since 2010, he has worked as a reporter, political correspondent, producer, program host and as a media executive 12

for several periodicals - including at several of Greece's top newspapers - as well as broadcast media.

Besides his native Greek, he speaks English and German. He is married with three daughters.


APS - Reactivation of Press Aid Fund scheduled for 2021

February 11th, 2021

ALGIERS- The reactivation of Press Aid Fund, blocked in 2014, is scheduled for the current year, said Minister of Communication, Spokesperson of the government, Ammar Belhimer.

"This reactivation, approved by the Prime Minister on the basis of a proposal we had made, tends to help the private media to overcome their financial difficulties, further complicated by the cessation of activities caused by the corona virus pandemic (Covid-19)," said Belhimer in an interview at the ExpressDZ site.

In another realm, the minister informed most of 10 projects launched in January 2020, "to stabilize a sector long left in disarray, are well advanced. Such projects pertain to "establishing an adequate legal framework to govern electronic media sector, updating the articles of incorporation of TDA (Algeria Broadcasting) to include Alcomsat-1 products marketing, advertising, as well as polling and communication agencies."

Belhimer recalled that 2021 main objective is to amend 2012 Organic Law on Information "in order to adapt it to the new Constitution and upgrades in the field" and will be "thought with the assistance of all stakeholders and professionals in the sector." "In the meantime, other projects will continue to strive, such as setting up legal frameworks to regulate advertising and also communication companies' activities".

The minister stated that the advertising market "has not been left in the state of anarchy it knew", indicating that pending the adoption of the executive decree relating to this industry, ANEP (national communication, publishing and advertising company) has undertaken, in its capacity as exclusive state authority, to bring access to public announcements in conformity with the laws of the republic, through a series of transitional criteria, fifteen in all, which will take effect shortly.



Letter to AMAN members by George Penintaex on the occasion of his retirement from the post of CNA Director.

Dear Colleagues,

The time is ripe to retire from the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) after 37 years, starting as the first full time reporter in February 1984 and ending as Director on 31 March 2021.

It was a long journey that has given me many things and, at the same time, I have given it a lot. I have devoted my whole life. I have earned experiences and many friends.

CNA Editor-in-Chief George Christodoulides will replace me until the appointment of a new CNA Director.

Although I feel pity that I leave CNA, at the same time, I am happy that I continue my duties as Secretary of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).

According to the new AMAN Statute, <<Secretary>> means <<any person appointed to perform the duties of the Secretary of the company>>, now a non-profit organisation. This means that the Secretary could be any person approved at a General Meeting <<by the majority of at least two-thirds (2/3) of members present and having a right to vote>>.

My three-year term in office as AMAN Secretary ends in October this year. Hopefully, we will be able in October 2021 to have, in person, our General Meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, hosted by HINA.

Best regards

George Penintaex

AMAN Secretary


Letter by AMAN President, APS Director General, Fakhreddine Beldi, on the occasion of the retirement of George Penintaex from the post of CNA Director.

Dear George,

I would like to pay tribute to your 37 years of service in the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), which culminated in your well-deserved consecration as director.

I welcome your willingness to continue your career with the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) which is certainly proud to have an experienced person like yourself among its volunteer members.

I wish you a very good retirement full of surprises and moments of affection with all your loved ones. 14

Fakhreddine Beldi

Director General

Algerie Presse Service (APS)

AMAN President



  EFE News Agency and the COVID-19 crisis

EFE News Agency has adapted to the COVID-19 crisis with special health measures in all its offices and the remote work of 90 percent of its staff.

A special commission made up of company executives, administrative, medical, management and journalistic staff has supervised the labor and health measures adopted since February 2020 to guarantee the continuity of its news services and the health of its workers.

The journalists have maintained the volume of general news production demanded by the Spanish agency's clients and have also provided extensive coverage of the pandemic globally, in text, photo and video.

They have done their work from multiple angles and with special reports based on data journalism, news gathering in the field and thousands of direct testimonies.

Their greatest effort has been to bring this information on a daily basis from new perspectives and focused on the people and social problems raised by the health drama suffered around the world.

The year of the pandemic has also been the year of the reinforcement of its Fact-Checking and news verification unit, which has had in the fake news arising from the health crisis one of its greatest sources of work.

As a service to society of a public media, EFE has freely distributed all its news production on COVID-19, which has also been published on its website

EFEComunica, a new content and services platform for institutions and companies

EFE News Agency has launched EFEComunica, a new platform focused on content production and distribution in Spanish, communication consulting and event organization services for institutions and companies.

With a specialized staff in the commercial, journalistic and management areas, it provides extensive impact through more than 1,800 Spanish and international media subscribers. 15

EFEComunica's products and services cover Spanish-speaking markets extensively and offer a way to improve presence and visibility in the media and social networks.

It provides knowledge and expertise to develop communication strategies and 360o solutions in key areas such as health, environment, food, agriculture, feminism, tourism or technology.

Among the main areas of work of the new platform are communication consultancy, commercial and institutional storytelling strategies, production of quality branded content for any news format, planning of media impact actions and content promotion.

EFEComunica also provides strategic information for each market, organization of events on topics of special interest for the public agenda and virtual press room or meeting point services between companies and the media.

Social denunciation in Latin America wins King of Spain Awards organized by Agencia EFE

Publications on social, gender and human rights claims in Latin America won the majority of the King of Spain International Journalism Awards, created by Agencia EFE and the Spanish Office for International Cooperation with Development (AECID).

A jury composed of prominent international journalism professionals, gathered for the first time telematically due to the coronavirus pandemic, chose the ten winners of the 38th edition of these awards, to which 155 works published in 2020 in some twenty countries have competed.

"The videos of the social outbreak", published online by the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, received the King of Spain Digital Journalism Award.

Also receiving awards were the reports "Silent never more", on the Mexican feminist struggle, by the Univision Noticias Digital network, and "Migrants: resisting in the midst of the pandemic", which dives into the emigration of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans to Colombia, published by the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo.

The image entitled "The last embrace", by Colombian photographer Carlos Velasquez, which captures the drama of the loss of a brother during the pandemic, won in the photo category.

The Radio award went to a live interview on W Radio Colombia entitled "Cliver Alcala: The Venezuelan retired general who confessed his plan to assassinate Nicolas Maduro". The Television award was won by the production "Leonardo Padura, a squalid and moving story", by Cuban Nayare Menoyo.

Portuguese journalist Catarina Goncalves' denunciation of the global impact of plastic 16

waste in "Plastic: the new continent", on the Portuguese TVI channel, received the Environmental Journalism and Sustainable Development award.

El Periodico de Guatemala, with 25 years of history, was awarded as Outstanding Media of Ibero-America, for its "tireless work of denunciation and investigative journalism".

Finally, Pedro Simon of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo of Madrid was awarded for his article "Hugo, story of a heart", and Carlos Alvarez of Cuba, for his article "Three Cuban girls", published in the Cuban magazine El Estornudo, which won the Don Quijote Journalism Award.

The prizes are awarded every year in Madrid by the King and Queen of Spain and among the winners are journalists from all over Latin America and writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa and Arturo Perez Reverte.


Efe and Casa Africa launch 3rd edition of Spanish journalism prize

EFE, Madrid, 15 Mar 2021

A file image shows the Saliou Traore prize. EFE/FILE


The third edition of the Saliou Traore Prize for Spanish-language journalism, established by Efe and Casa Africa, opened to candidates Monday. The prize rewards work that brings the reality of the African continent to the general public.

The Efe-Casa Africa joint initiative, which was created in 2019 in memory of Saliou Traore, the agency's Senegal-based correspondent who passed away on 13 October 2018, seeks to recognize journalists focusing their attention on "inclusive, sustainable and egalitarian development," as well as social life and solidarity.

EFE's President Gabriela Canas said: "We hope that, despite the pandemic, which has reduced mobility throughout the world, we will receive the usual high level of journalistic work and continue to bring the most positive and richest reality of African countries to Ibero-America, and to not stop learning about Africa."

With a prize of 5,000 euros and a commemorative statuette, the first edition of the award went to Pepe Naranjo, one of Spain's most veteran journalists in Africa, while Spanish journalist Carla Fibla won the second edition.

Journalists of any nationality who have published work in the Spanish language about the African continent or a topic that applies to Africa are eligible to participate in the contest.

For long reportage or investigative pieces, candidates need only present a single chapter, accompanied by a synopsis of the complete work.

The annual prize aims to encourage "information that seeks to steer clear of stereotypes that strengthen the focus on problematic or conflict aspects."

Is organizers recall that Africa is one of the most under-represented regions in the world today.

Casa Africa's Director General Jose Segura Clavell said: "We are extremely excited to continue to present this award, this tribute to Saliou Traore is consolidated with the effort to encourage more and better journalism on Africa in the Spanish language."

"It is essential that journalism, which like so many sectors has been through a tough year, maintains its commitment to quality while providing information, without stereotypes and with broader views, on the immense variety of realities on the continent," he added.

The opportunity is, according to its organizers, a stimulus and recognition of the work of journalism professionals who report on Africa in Spanish and an incentive for the publication of topics on the African continent in Spanish.

Professional journalist associations and institutions, as well as the leadership of Casa Africa and Efe correspondents all over the world, may nominate candidates for the award.EFE


MAP Agency Wins Award in Essaouira

The Moroccan news Agency (MAP) was awarded a prize, in Essaouira, during a ceremony organized to pay tribute to several personalities and national and foreign institutions, that marked the year 2020 which was an exceptional year at all levels due to the unprecedented Covid-19 health crisis.

Initiated by the media group "Minbar Essaouira", the International Center for Legal and Institutional Activities and the International Center for Vocational Training, Coaching and Support, this event, which is in its 3rd edition, took place in compliance with the health protocol and preventive measures in force to stop the spread of the pandemic.

On this occasion, a prize was handed to MAP, on behalf of its Director General Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, in recognition of the enormous efforts made by this pioneering national institution which is playing a leading and central role at the national, continental, regional and international levels, in a constantly changing context.

This prize is also the eloquent testimony, by the organizers, of their gratitude for the great work accomplished by the Agency throughout the past year and its very significant contribution to the efforts to fight Covid-19, through the publication of 18

verified and credible information related to the new coronavirus, with a view to keeping the public opinion informed of developments concerning this pandemic in Morocco and in the world, as well as measures taken or to be taken against the spread of the virus, thanks to the proven professionalism of its teams in its 12 regional centers and its very extensive network of international centers and correspondents.

During this ceremony, other Prizes were also awarded to several institutions and national figures who distinguished themselves in 2020, namely the Royal Armed Forces (military medicine), the Auxiliary Forces (medicine sector), the Ministry of Interior (agents of local authorities), the Ministry of Health, represented on this occasion by the regional director of the ministry in Marrakech-Safi Lamia Chakiri, the Higher Council of the Judiciary, the Presidency of the Public Prosecution, the Ministry of State in charge of Human Rights and relations with parliament, the Director General of National police, Director General of National Territory Surveillance Abdellatif Hammouchi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad Nasser Bourita, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid ElAlamy, the late journalist Salaheddine El Ghomari and the coach of the Raja de Casablanca team Jamal Sellami.

Several foreign personalities were also awarded prizes on this occasion, like David T. Fischer, former Ambassador of the United States to Morocco, Ali Salem Al Kaabi, former Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Rabat and Abdu Razzaq Guy Kambogo, former Ambassador of Gabon to Morocco, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Eid Al Thani, of the Qatari Sheikh Eid Charitable Association, and Saudi media member Ahmad Al Shugairi.

Moroccan News Agency Launches New Youth-Oriented Information Website

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) launched a new information website with the ambition to become a reference media for young people aged between 15 and 35 years.

The "DIB News" (Digital information broadcast) website is intended primarily for an urban population looking for platforms to reveal their creativity and talent.

Starting from the observation that the media are not very inclusive in terms of youth, "DIB News" seeks to remedy this by offering a media product which favors creativity and expression, by addressing subjects and themes relating to the expectations of young people in a simple and accessible language and a friendly tone.

DIB News also aims at highlighting successful social and human experiences, encouraging content creators and supporting movements of ideas, modern currents while prioritizing contemporary art, namely plastic arts, music, literature, photography, theater and cinema.

To carry out its mission, the DIB News website will be based on high-quality videos, which will not exceed three minutes. It will also feature interviews, documentaries and tutorials which will be broadcast on all social networks (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Youtube ...). 19

All the content of DIB News will be designed by a group of young journalists and technicians of the new generation who will seek to enrich all the platforms of this information platform with programs relating to the problems, ambitions and aspirations of Moroccan youth.

The launch of the new DIB News site consecrates MAP's orientation in multimedia issues, making it a key player in the national media landscape, thanks to the efforts undertaken over the past years as part of a clear strategic vision that seeks to turn MAP into an agency of the 21st century.

MAP, ICESCO Ink Partnership Agreement

A media partnership agreement was signed at ICESCO's headquarters in Rabat between the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO).

This agreement, signed by MAP Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and ICESCO Director General, Salim M. AlMalik, will enable the joint implementation of several practical programs and projects for a renewable period of five years.

It will also help train journalists and media professionals from the ICESCO Member States, particularly in Africa, co-organize international media conferences and cooperate in the areas of publishing and production of information materials.

Under this agreement, the two parties undertake to cooperate for the organization of the 7th International Conference of International News Agencies that MAP will hold in Marrakech, in 2022.

The two parties will also form a joint committee for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the agreement, particularly the development of a results-based action plan, the preparation of the implementation schedule and modalities, and the submission of periodic reports to the officials concerned on the progress of the projects.

Speaking to M24 News Channel, Hachimi Idrissi underlined the importance of the agreement signed with ICESCO, noting that this partnership will not only open the agency to ICESCO's international activities, but will also allow ICESCO to support some of MAP activities at the international level, in particular towards African press agencies, in the fight against fake news and in the training of journalists.

The ICESCO "demonstrates, through this agreement, its concrete and real desire to be present in the information sector in Africa, through the Moroccan News Agency, and in the direction of our African colleagues, so that we can have better journalism, better verified information, and better professional practice ", he said.

"This agreement aims to strengthen the publication of accurate and verified information, and move away from fake news spread by social media or other outlets", said ICESCO Director General, adding that the objective of this agreement is to 20

strengthen cooperation with the MAP, through the training of journalists, particularly in Africa, and the organization of conferences and workshops.

MAP's Integration Seminar Enables Young Recruits to Take Ownership of Company's Culture - MAP Director General

The integration seminar of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) aims to enable young recruits to take ownership of the company's culture, said in Sale, MAP Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi.

The seminar, which has become a regular exercise carried out by MAP, aims to enable young recruits to take ownership of the company's culture and to get to know its actual role in Morocco's economy, culture and society, Hachimi Idrissi told M24 News Channel, on the occasion of the launch of the integration seminar for new recruits, under the theme "Taking Ownership of an Approach of Excellence."

It also aims to allow young recruits to learn about the diversity of MAP's products, he explained. "There can be no quality products or approaches to excellence without a method of quality and excellence."

"We rely upstream on their training and we bring them today's MAP methodology and culture which is based on results, innovation, ambition and especially on quality and excellence," Hachimi Idrissi underlined. The supervision of these recruits must be done with the values, principles and methods of the company, he added.

"If we do not proceed in this manner, the supervision of young recruits will be done in an anarchic and disorderly manner," MAP Director-General said, inviting young recruits to follow, with a very open mind, the career plan offered by the Agency, which is "the first public information hub" in the country.

Speaking on this occasion, MAP Secretary-General, Rachid Boumhil said that recruitment, which is now a major stake, is among the concerns of the Agency.

MAP values, which relate to ambition, innovation, openness, ethics and professionalism as well as public service, are a vector of thoughts, a central thread of behavior and the guiding principle of attitudes adopted, he stated. "Integration is a whole cycle that will last a whole year to allow young recruits to join the company's culture and to develop other skills.".

In similar remarks, MAP Information Director Abdelghani Aouifia noted that, during the last decade, the Agency has embarked in a vast reform project aimed at maintaining and strengthening its position as the powerhouse of the national press and a leader in the Arab and African region.

This project -- in the absence of which MAP was facing the risk of failing in its mission of protecting national sovereignty in the field of information-- established the diversification of products as the keystone of a change process, he said. 21

MAP's diversified services have brought a new breath of fresh air to the Agency's work and transformed the institution into a true multi-media public information hub, which is about to take on a new dimension with the entry on the scene of M24 and RIM Radio.

For her part, personal development consultant, trainer and expert-coach, Atika Abenkcer Zairi stressed that human capital is at the core of MAP's priorities thanks to modern human resources management geared towards success. The key word of this remarkable transformation is excellence.

The opening of the two-day seminar (Feb. 19-20) at the Bouregreg yacht club was marked by presentations given by MAP's directors, focusing on "A New Human Capital Policy to Cultivate Excellence"; "New MAP Formats and Products"; "Monetization for Development Projects"; "Challenger and innovation by metrics"; "Witnessing a Real Change" and "M24 and RIM, the New Face of Cross Media MAP".

This training cycle focused on soft skills is carried out by specialized coaches who are certified worldwide and have all the necessary qualifications to successfully complete this project.

A total of 9 training sessions will be held throughout the year on themes geared towards building excellence and incorporating performance for each participant.



 BTA - Kiril Vulchev Elected by Parliament as Bulgarian News Agency's Director General

27 January 2021 / 10:17

Sofia, January 27 (BTA) - Parliament elected here on Wednesday Kiril Vulchev as the Bulgarian News Agency's (BTA) Director General for a five year term. Vulchev's bid to head the national news agency was supported by 105 MPs, none abstained or were against. He took an oath in Parliament following his election.

The other candidate for the post, Ivaylo Danailov, was supported by 65 MPs, two voted against and 87 abstained.

Parliament put to the vote the nominated candidates in alphabetical order. Danailov was nominated by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Vulchev - by GERB. A candidate is considered elected under the adopted rules of procedure if they receive more than half of the votes of the attending MPs.

During his hearing by the Parliamentary Culture and Media 22

Committee last week, Vulchev vowed to insist on making access to BTA's news content free for everyone. That is why he believes BTA must keep providing quick and accurate information. His plans are to turn the news agency into a source of news from the whole Balkans for the world, which would require BTA to open correspondent offices in all neighbouring countries. The first one is planned for Skopje.

The trade unions at BTA and its interim Director General had expressed their support for journalist and lawyer Kiril Vulchev, who started off as a reporter at the news agency and was then its legal adviser.

Vulchev's election to the post comes after longtime BTA Director General Maxim Minchev passed away last November after being treated for COVID-19.

Kiril Vulchev was born in Sofia on May 24, 1973. He graduated Sofia University with a law degree. He has also completed a professional radio management course at Deutche Welle in Germany (1995), a leadership program with the German Marshall Fund in the US (2000) and an internship with BBC's Bulgarian section in London.

Vulchev worked as a reporter at BTA's English Service between 1993 and 1995. He has been hosting Darik Radio's weekly radio show since 1993.

BTA's newly elected chief is also Secretary of the Union of Bulgarian National Electronic Media. As a lawyer, he has focused on matters related to media and copyright, and served as BTA's and Darik Radio's legal advisor. He has contributed to drafting the Bulgarian News Agency Act in 2011. Vulchev is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions in the media field. NV/MY




AA - Anadolu Agency Photos of the Year voting in spotlight Shortlist of 76 candidates opens for voting on Tuesday, will last until Dec. 31

Anadolu Agency staff


Voting for Anadolu Agency's Photos of the Year contest, marking the essential events of this year, attracts attention.

Anadolu Agency, Turkey's premier news outlet, held its first Photos of the Year contest in 2012. This year, 76 images were selected from more than 750,000 photos from various parts of the world, including Syria, Palestine, Russia, China, and Azerbaijan.

Photos will be selected across three categories, including news, life, and sport, from Anadolu Agency photojournalists or correspondents who have had an impact on the Turkish and world agendas.

Among the photographs, which include the shots determined by AA photo editors, there are photographs that are frequently used in leading media organs of the world media.


The images were put to a vote in the news category with 31 entries, life with 30 entries, and sports with 15 entries.

Categories are also available with Turkish and English captions.

Healthcare workers who are fighting with COVID-19 in the frontline were the first group of people that took part in this year's voting.

Also, many people from different professions, students, athletes and politicians have already chosen their favorite photos so far in Turkey.

Last year, nearly 280,000 people took part in the voting.

This year's voting will continue through Dec. 31 at Anadolu Agency's website at .


2021 Call for Entry

We are glad to share the news that Istanbul Photo Awards 2021 applications are open! Calling for professional photographers to apply in six categories with the best shots of the year. Application period will be open via website until March 18th.

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AFP offers exclusive coverage of the conflict in Tigray

Agence France-Presse (AFP) was the first independent media to reach Tigray since the Ethiopian government launched a major military operation against the dissident authorities in the far northern region of the country.

A multimedia team of text, photo and video journalists produced exclusive witness reports from the terrified inhabitants of the city of Humera that came under artillery bombardment before being captured by the federal army amid fierce fighting.

AFP was also the first international news agency to publish, starting on 12 November, images from the Sudanese border of the arrival of tens of thousands of Ethiopians

fleeing the conflict. AFP has been the only media to maintain a permanent presence there.

Journalists from AFP were also the first to arrive at Mai-Kadra and report on the presence of mass graves where several hundred civilians were summarily executed on 9 November.

The AFP teams were able to compare the witness accounts at the scene with those from refugees in camps on the Sudanese side of the border.

The coverage has been used widely by media around the world.

Agence France-Presse, which also produced exclusive coverage of the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, has proved again that it has the broadest network of agency journalists worldwide and is strongly committed to telling the most difficult and challenging stories.



AMAN President, Director General of Algerie Presse Service, Mr. Fakhreddine Beldi expresses condolences for the death of LUSA Chief Innovation Officer Pedro Camacho

He sent the following message to LUSA :

Mrs. Monica Garcia,

I was saddened to learn of the death of your colleague Mr. Pedro Camacho, Chief Innovation Officer of LUSA. I want you to know that while our relationship is first and foremost professional, I sympathize with the pain you are feeling today.

In my capacity as President of AMAN and Director General of the Algerie Presse Service agency, I join all the members of the alliance and all the staff of the APS, to convey our best feelings to you.

Believe, dear Madam, in our most sincere support and our deepest sympathy.

Fakhreddine BELDI

Director General

Algerie Presse Service






AMAN Secretary, Director of CNA, Mr. George Penintaex, expresses condolences for the death of Pedro Camacho

Dear LUSA Colleagues,

It is with great shock that we heard about the sudden death of our colleague Pedro Camacho, LUSA Chief Innovation Officer.

The whole family of national news agencies in the Mediterranean mourns for the great loss.

We express condolences, sympathy and solidarity with our colleagues at LUSA and Pedro's family.

George Penintaex

CNA Director

AMAN Secretary



EFE Agency faces pandemic

The EFE Agency reacted quickly and, in a short time, organised itself so that more than 90 percent of its employees - 85 percent in Spain and 95 percent abroad - have been teleworking since the beginning of the pandemic, an unprecedented milestone in its 81-year history.

This allowed for important initiatives such as offering all information free of charge to its clients (data, graphs and reports in all formats) related to the impact of the pandemic worldwide.

Its objective was to offer, at such a delicate time, rigorous and accurate information about reality to a society in "shock" due to the devastating effects of the coronavirus.

EFE took great pains to find other informative angles such as the preparation of a "Diary on the state of alarm", "The logbook" or the series "The Essentials", dedicated to those essential workers who did not stop working, thus reflecting the richness of the subject matter throughout Spain. EFE also devised "The Changes", a series which analysed the future after COVID-19.

King of Spain praises journalists for authenticity and quality

"Journalism is always necessary, and in these times of health, economic and social crisis, especially necessary," King Felipe VI said as he presided over the 37th annual King of Spain International Journalism Awards in Madrid on the 10th of November. 8

Held at the Casa de Amrica, the ceremony also included the presentation of the 16th edition of the "Don Quixote" Journalism Award to Mar Garca Abad, co-founder of the Yorokobu magazine.

During his speech, the King emphasised how "it is time to exercise journalistic leadership of authenticity and quality, and these attributes are precisely those exhibited by these awards, attributes conceived as a right to information for citizens, where the media are the voice of the people, and honesty its guiding principle."

"The six editions that I have presided over allow me to affirm that the King of Spain International Journalism Awards and the Don Quixote Award represent an example of credibility," he continued. "They are a great exponent of journalism exercised with the utmost rigour."

The awards, according to Casa Real, "recognise the informative work of journalism professionals in the Spanish and Portuguese languages of the States that make up the Ibero-American Community of Nations" as well as nations with which Spain maintains ties of a historical or cultural nature.

His Majesty stressed: "Where there are good journalists there is rigour, truthfulness, research and critical analysis." Those honoured at the ceremony this year included:

The Press Award to Luis Fernando Soria Sejas from El Deber, Bolivia; the Ibero-American Journalism Award to Ricardo Caldern Villegas and team, from Semana magazine, Colombia; the Television Award to Gustavo Marcelo Costa and team, from Record TV, Brazil; the Radio Award to Linda Carolay Morales Prez, from RCN Radio and Colombiano; the Digital Journalism Award to Miriam Herranz, representing the RTVE_El Lab de RTVE, Spain; Ibero-American Special Award for Environmental and Sustainable Journalism to Sofa de Palma Rodrigues and team, from RTP Africa/, Portugal; Award for Outstanding Media in Latin America to Agus Morales and team, from 5W Magazine, Spain; and Cultural and the Sustainable Development Award to Csar Vallejo and team, from RTVE_ la and Playz, Spain.



LUSA announces the death of Pedro Camacho

Dear colleagues from AMAN,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing away of our colleague Pedro Camacho, Chief Innovation Officer of Lusa. 9

Born on July 29th, 1961, Pedro Camacho died yesterday, December 5, at the age of 59, victim of COVID-19. Editor-in-Chief of LUSA between 2015 and 2018, Pedro Camacho later took over as Chief Innovation Officer, a position he currently held. Previously he had been a journalist for Dirio de Notcias and Pblico, leading the economics editorials, and later was director of Visao magazine for ten years.

At LUSA, Pedro Camacho stood out for his recognized ability to aggregate wills and resolve conflicts, having certainly the recognition of these characteristics by all colleagues. These are deeply sad and shocking days for the entire LUSA community, as we pay homage to the good man in whose life we were lucky enough to meet, to the Editor in Chief and Chief Innovation Officer, professional and companion, to the voice that still echoes fresh in our memory.

In this hour of mourning and loss for LUSA, we are grateful in advance for your solidarity and friendship.


Diretora Comercial e Marketing

Chief Marketing Officer

AMAN member-agencies have sent messages of condolences to LUSA, sharing the grief of their colleagues at LUSA for the loss of Pedro Camacho, and wishing strength to his family.



Against all odds, NNA is adamant about remaining Lebanon's beacon of truth and most reliable news source

The year 2020 has dealt a harsh blow to the entire globe; it mercilessly took lives, shattered families, and devastated economies. Unfortunately, in addition to all the aforementioned Covid-19 calamities, Lebanon has endured insurmountable difficulties that have left it in a crippled state on multiple levels.

The horrifying "Beirut Port Blast" can speak volumes about what the Lebanese have endured in 2020, in addition to having to bear the brunt of a rampant pandemic.

Yet, the NNA news desk has managed to keep taking the lead in Lebanon's online news industry; it remains the country's most reliable news hub thanks to its continued objectivity, transparency, and accuracy covering some of the most complex news stories in the world.

Neither the pandemic, nor the blast-shattered windows have prevented the NNA's devoted team and management from continuing to keep their audience well-informed about the country's developments by the minute. 10

For easier access to all of Lebanon's Coronavirus-related news, the NNA has devoted a part of its team, and a link on its website, to provide hourly news on the latest concerning the virus's developments nation-wide.

The NNA has also set up a Covid-19 awareness window on its website that keeps the public informed about the continuously updated "WHO" and "Lebanon's Ministry of Health" guidelines to help curb the spread of the virus.

Moreover, and amid the flurry of Fake News virally -- through the social media and the internet in general -- the NNA has launched the "Fact Check Lebanon" portal on its website to help halt the spread of disinformation and misinformation.

In times of unrest and instability, rumors can be very disruptive; thus, amid the ill-fated situation, Lebanon has become fertile ground to spread sensational and fabricated stories that aim to mislead the public opinion. In its endeavor to combat this phenomenon, an NNA team has received intensive training to expose and debunk fake news and inaccurate claims through the "Fact Check Lebanon" portal.

For amplified accuracy, the NNA has also been keen to transparently and objectively share with its audience all the details involving the post Beirut Port Blast initiatives, as well as those involving support in the fight against the novel Coronavirus.

Additionally, many investigative stories have been published on the NNA's website to keep providing its audience with the truth behind the increasingly controversial news across the country -- be it political, economic, educational, or health related.

Against all odds, the NNA is adamant about remaining Lebanon's beacon of truth and most reliable news source.



WAFA condolences for the death of Pedro Camacho

WAFA Board Chairman sent the following message:

Mrs. Monica Garcia

Commercial and Marketing Director Chief Marketing Officer


Dear Monica,

It is with great sadness that I write to you on my behalf personally, and on behalf of all my colleagues of the Palestinian official media institutions to send our most heartfelt condolences on the death of Pedro Camacho, LUSA Innovation Chief Officer, to his bereaved family and LUSA staff. 11

At this moment of grief, we share the sorrow and grief of his family and stand by them in this difficult time.

We also believe that his professional role would be documented in honor of his memory and for the benefit of the generations to come.

We wish you and all the colleagues' good health and safety from Covid-19 pandemic, with hope that our world would get rid of it in the nearest time.

We express our sincere sentiments of sympathy and distinguished esteem. With deepest sympathy,

Minister\ Ahamad

General Supervisor of the Palestinian Official Media

Chairman of the Board of Palestine News Agency (WAFA)




From YONHAP, the current OANA President, we received the following letter:

Dear colleagues,

Yonhap News Agency again thanks you for taking part in the photo exhibition.

In appreciation, Yonhap is ready to send you hard copies of the photo book. As explained in the previous e-mail, the book features exhibited pictures plus some 100 more that were contributed by participating news agencies.

If you would like to receive the photo book by mail, please inform us of the NAME and PHONE NUMBER of the recipient and the FULL MAILING ADDRESS, including ZIP CODE.

Please reply with the requested information by DECEMBER 23, 2020.

We will be sending two copies per agency.

Best regards,

OANA Secretariat



 International Journalists Gather to Seek the Role of the Media and Journalists in COVID-19 Pandemic Era

Journalists from around the world participated in the HWPL press forum webinar to discuss the role and direction of the media and journalists in COVID-19 pandemic era. The two-day webinar "HWPL Online Media Peace Forum: The Role of Media for Peace Journalism in COVID-19 Pandemic Era" on the 27th and 28th was participated by 22 journalists from about 11 countries, including Germany, Austria, Tunisia, Malaysia, Morocco, Ivory Coast, and Mali, and about 20 global citizens and students interested in journalism were free to participate.

The journalists introduced reports which promoting bias and discrimination against other ethnic groups, minority religions and other races and presented their opinions on what efforts are needed to improve attitude of media and journalists. They also had discussion on how peace journalism, could be applied in the course of actual reporting.

Peace journalism was proposed by the Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist, calling for a change in the attitudes and perspectives of journalists and media that leads news receivers to overvalue violent responses to conflict and ignore non-violent alternatives when reporting on conflict and violence.

Andreas Klamm, a German freelance journalist, said, "It was a time to think about how the abstract concept of peace could be applied into course of actual reporting. In order for the media to be more human-rights-friendly, to consider ways to harmonize rather than focus on conflict, and to be able to offer alternatives, journalists must study more, and complete freedom of speech must be given. The media, journalists and citizens should continue to discuss and think constantly.

HWPL is strengthening cooperation with media and journalists joining MOUs with 23 media companies from 22 countries across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. HWPL will continue to actively engage with journalists through discussions on not only peace journalism but also the human rights of journalists and the liberalization of the media from the government and media owners.

HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light) is an international peace NGO associated with the UN DGC (Department of Global Communications) and granted consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 13


AMAN Secretary, CNA Director, Mr. George Penintaex, wishes all AMAN colleagues a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2021.






Anadolu Agency launches diplomacy journalism program 56 trainees from 13 countries attending online courses

Muhammet Tarhan | 20.10.2020


Turkey's top news provider Anadolu Agency launched its online diplomacy journalism training program Monday for media personnel across the world. 3

The training program, accessible via video conference, was organized in coordination with the state-run Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) for 56 trainees from 13 countries.

At the launching ceremony, Anadolu Agency News Academy Director Cihangir Isbilir said with classical media now replaced by new media, traditional journalism has also turned into specialist journalism.

Noting that the training program was organized within that scope, Isbilir said: "Diplomacy is very convenient for being an expert journalist because it is a very wide field. It's important for a diplomacy correspondent to make systematic follow-ups and focus on a field."

"We will bring you together with the master diplomacy reporters of Anadolu Agency in this program. We will study some examples of diplomacy reporting in this short time," he added.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Ugur Tanyeli, a senior TIKA official, said that over 700 media representatives in over 40 countries have taken part in numerous training programs TIKA has organized since 2017.

Day one of the training ended with a lecture by the agency's diplomacy correspondent Serife Cetin on "International Journalism: EU and NATO."

On day two of the training, lectures on international journalism and journalism on the Middle East are scheduled to be given by senior agency staff.

The program will conclude Wednesday.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur


Anadolu Agency photographer wins international award

Photo journalist awarded grand prize in sports category at Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency

Ali Cura | 23.10.2020 4


Anadolu Agency photojournalist Sebnem Coskun won the grand prize in the sports category Thursday for an image taken of Turkish sportswoman Sahika Ercumen's diving record in Gilindire Cave.

Coskun's photograph, "Gilindire Cave In One Breath," displays Ercumen underwater as she broke the women's world record by exceeding the 90-meter limit in one breath in the palletless category.

The competition was organized by the Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency in Moscow.

More than 5.000 works from 75 countries were evaluated in news, sports and portrait categories.

*Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara


Anadolu Agency archive boasts nearly 10M photos, videos

Online, searchable portal attracts visitors from at least 167 different countries worldwide

Mehmet Tosun | 05.11.2020


The online, searchable portal of Anadolu Agency's rich photo/video archive boasts nearly 10 million pieces of content and this year attracted visits by people in 167 countries worldwide.

The portal currently has over 8.5 million photos and at least 1.1 million videos from all walks of life taken by dedicated Anadolu Agency photojournalists around the globe.

The agency's visual archive at is a groundbreaking online content platform that is instantly accessible from all over the world and offers easy purchasing options from the comfort of the home or office.

The portal boasts over 8 million pieces of Turkish content and at least 1.5 pieces of English content.

The portal also contains collections of topics curated by the agency's editors, as well as the best photos and videos related to various topics.

The "Editor's Choice" page provides access to the featured photos and videos of that day.

After going online in 2014, this February the platform was updated to allow people and institutions who are not Anadolu Agency subscribers to purchase online content licenses with a credit card. 5

The website currently has over 2,300 registered users from nearly 100 countries worldwide.

*Writing by Merve Berker


Istanbul Photo Awards' 2nd exhibition opens in Istanbul

Exhibition, organized by Anadolu Agency with the sponsorship of Turkish Airlines (THY), will run for a month

Aise Humeyra Bulovali | 27.11.2020


The second exhibition featuring a selection of the awarded photographs at the international news photography competition Istanbul Photo Awards 2020 opened on Friday in Istanbul.

The exhibition, organized by Anadolu Agency with the sponsorship of Turkish Airlines (THY) will run for a month at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

More than 10,000 photo applications were made from around 100 countries to the competition, where the photos that entered the top three were determined by evaluating singular and serial photos in news and sports.




Due to the novel coronavirus, the jury session evaluated the submitted works and determined the winning photos on the Anadolu Agency's special online platform.

The photograph titled "Hong Kong Protests" taken for the New York Times by photojournalist Yik Fei Lam was deemed worthy of the Photo of the Year Award.

A total of 12 awards were given to works addressing protests, conflicts, environmental disasters, sports activities and human stories in countries ranging from Palestine to Indonesia.

Photo album with winning photos and stories can be reached at

*Writing by Merve Berker




AFP joins Inter American Press Association board of directors

Maria Lorente, AFP bureau chief for Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Asuncion (Paraguay), was elected to the board of directors of the Inter American Press Association for 2020-23, during the 76th general assembly of an organisation that brings together the heads of the main Latin American press groupings and United States media.

The Inter American Press Association is a non-governmental organisation defending press freedom on the American continent (South, Central and North America) that was founded in 1942 and is based in Miami, US.

"The election of Maria Lorente is a tremendous sign of the recognition of AFP's work", said Pierre Ausseill, AFP Director for Latin America, "It is incredibly rare for a member of a global news agency to be represented on the board".

With a degree in information sciences from the Complutense University in Madrid, Maria Lorente was an AFP reporter in Los Angeles and Brussels before taking the role of AFP's editor in chief for Latin America (2013-19). In this role she oversaw the digital transformation of the region, the development of a video service and digital investigation, in line with AFP's strategic priorities. From a commercial perspective, she developed client loyalty strategies as well as relationships with other media and business markets. She also took part in several conferences and presentations on new audiences, digital transformation and the fight against disinformation. As a special envoy and as part of multimedia organisation and co-ordination missions, she took part in the coverage of major Latin American stories, such as the Venezuela crisis, Mexican elections in 2018, the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, and the death of Fidel Castro in Cuba in 2015.





AFP-Services becomes FACTSTORY

Ten years after its creation, AFP-Services, a subsidiary of Agence France-Presse, specializing in on-demand custom content, becomes FACTSTORY, a distinct service offering commissioned production to companies and institutions.



"This is a necessary step to solidify the identity and the position of the operation, which has evolved since its creation. It is also important for us to differentiate between services offered. FACTSTORY is a production company with major business and institutional contracts" according to Fabrice Fries, CEO of AFP and FACTSTORY.

With nearly 100 customers worldwide and a revenue of seven million euros in 2019, FACTSTORY works with an unrivaled global production network, combining strong image expertise and journalistic vision.

A global network

FACTSTORY's network is geographically unique. Our production teams, available in over 150 countries, 24 hours a day, have in-depth excellent knowledge of local, regional and national issues affecting their territory. Operations are managed by six regional hubs: Paris, Brussels, Montevideo, Hong Kong, Washington and Beirut.

Image expertise

Imagery is the core of FACTSTORY's business. A network consisting of more than a thousand creative talents produces on-demand original, adapted, and optimized content: communication campaigns, lifestyle features, exclusive reporting, studio portraits, documentaries, sports and cultural event coverage, plus CSR content.


Our job is to tell your story, with the added value of custom content produced only for you. FACTSTORY's DNA matches the required editorial standards of AFP.

An eco-responsible choice

FACTSTORY is not only a network of image and content professionals, it is also eco-friendly. Working with local teams, based all around the world, helps to keep carbon emissions under control.

AFP publishes Focus, a special 2020 edition on the Covid-19 pandemic

Focus, AFP's annual photojournalism album, is published this year as a special edition dedicated to the unprecedented health crisis facing the planet. The album showcases the exceptional journalistic work of the agency's 450 photographers covering the Covid-19 pandemic.



The story begins on January 30, 2020 with a striking AFP photo: the body of a man lying in a street in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

It marks the beginning of a global awakening about the gravity of the new coronavirus, which has shaken the planet to its very core with its catastrophic and unexpected impact on everyone's lives.

"2020 is a singular year, without comparison. In the Agency's 201 bureaus, our photographers have been, and are still, at the heart of the action, working to bring vital images for our collective memory," says Marielle Eudes, Photo Director at AFP.

The album gives a human face to this unprecedented crisis. AFP delves into the fabric of deserted cities, stands by the bedside of patients in hospitals and intensive care units in order to tell the story of the devastation this virus is unleashing in all four corners of the world.

From the most remote communities in the Amazon to the suburbs of Dakar, passing through Hollywood or European capitals, AFP photographers have depicted, at the most intimate level, how lives have been upended by the pandemic. But they have also highlighted the formidable human resilience which has emerged as we cope with the new normal' in a world that is still struggling to live with the disease.

AFP takes star billing at the Hong Kong French Film Festival

AFP will have star billing at this year's Hong Kong Film Festival, with top journalists from the Agency joining post-screening discussions and a photo exhibition by prize-winning photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba displayed throughout the event.

The 49th edition of the festival, organized by the Alliance Franaise, runs from 25 November to 15 December and features 40 films that will be screened online and in cinemas. The selection includes a focus on journalists in war zones and will feature panels with speakers from AFP and the directors of the films. 9

AFP Asia-Pacific Photo Editor-in-Chief Vincent Amalvy will discuss his experiences covering the conflict in the former Yugoslavia at the showing of "Sympathy for the Devil" that depicts the siege of Sarajevo in 1992.

AFP Asia-Pacific Director Philippe Massonnet will examine the safety challenges facing war correspondents at the showing of "Camille", a portrait of journalist Camille Lepage who was killed in the Central Africa Republic.

And prize-winning Hong Kong photographer Anthony Wallace will be featured in conversation after the showing of "Looking for Gilles Caron", that tells the story of the photojournalist who went missing in Cambodia in 1970.

An exhibition of 50 images of Africa shot by Yasuyoshi Chiba, AFP's photo director for East Africa and the Indian Ocean, will be shown before each screening throughout the festival. Chiba won the 2020 World Press Photo of the Year award for his image of protesters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Jean-Sbastien Atti, director of the Alliance Franaise Hong Kong, said: "We are very glad to partner with Agence France-Presse to bring live and in cinema Q&A sessions with film directors who are in France and Canada. We believe this partnership will bring about meaningful and insightful discussions with speakers from AFP".

Massonnet praised the festival's decision to focus on war journalism: "It is rare for a public festival to put such an emphasis on journalism at its most fascinating and also at its most dangerous. AFP is delighted to take part in this event with the Alliance Franaise at a time when the fight against disinformation and for press freedom is more necessary than ever".



EFE New Head of International Relations

Ms Almudena Domenech's profile

Almudena Domenech is the new Head of International Relations at the Spain-based international news agency EFE, after spending five years as the bureau chief in their London office from 2015 to 2020. She was responsible for all the news coverage from the UK and Ireland.

She graduated in journalism from Madrid's Complutense University after studying at the European University of Madrid, and went on to study at UCLA in Los Angeles while doing interviews for Hello magazine and Nunu pictures. When she returned to Spain, she worked for the newspaper YA and Ma magazine until she joined Agencia EFE in 1997. For the following 8 years she focused on politics, covering the activities of different party leaders in Spain.

Immediately prior to her assignment in London, she had been chief of the section dedicated to social issues, mass media, education and health in Madrid's head office since 2006.

Contact details:

Phone: +34 913467100

Cell: +34 606703045





Morocco's News Agency a Genuine 'Public Information Hub'

MAP Managing Director

Morocco's News Agency (MAP) is now a genuine public information hub, which deploys an array of professional resources to provide the public information service with all its social responsibility and editorial strength, the Agency's Managing Director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi underlined.

Beyond its function as a news agency, which is the core business of the hub texts, photos, images, sounds, graphics MAP is present on all niches of information, on all periodicities and all vectors, as part of its strategic plan, Hachimi Idrissi wrote in an editorial titled "A Public Information Hub Is Born."

The agency offers 24/7 news radio station and TV (RIM and M24), two daily newspapers in French and Arabic ("Maroc Le Jour" and "Al Yaoum Al Maghribi"), two monthly magazines ("BAB"), as well as twenty news websites and twelve regional ones, he underscored in the editorial published on the agency's website

MAP publishes every year the "Album de la MAP," "Nouvelles du Maroc" and "Maroc Factuel" in four languages, in addition to other publications, reads the leading article.

Given the density and diversity of the MAP products, and in the wake of the implementation of the agency's new organic law, one can only notice that the public information hub is an asset in a time when the media sector, in general, is undergoing difficult changes and facing decisive challenges, Hachimi Idrissi went on.

Never before has there been a public information service so present, so diversified and so relevant in its interventions, he added.

According to Hachimi Idrissi, this is all due to the quality of MAP's strategic vision, the commitment of its senior managers, the cutting-edge skills it deploys, and the general mobilization of its rigorous and professional staff.

The Agency's Managing director also underscored that the media and information sectors are experiencing a global turmoil that affects its ethics, information production, business model, target definition, identification of partners, training of 11

staff, and so on. "The challenges are numerous, and the solutions are rare or painful," he said.

In this difficult context, Morocco's public information hub is a stable base around which restructuring can be carried out, projects can be developed, reforms can be undertaken, and upgrades can be planned, Hachimi Idrissi concluded.

MAP News TV Channel Aims to Recover Audience Share to Strengthen National Information Sovereignty

The future MAP 24 hour news channel (M24) aims to present "an unprecedented product in Arabic" which aims to recover a Moroccan audience and thus consolidate national sovereignty in information matters, said the Director General of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi.

M24, which already exists in an experimental "Euronews"-type format, "will be launched in two or three months," Hachimi Idrissi said in an interview with the electronic news website

According to a study, Moroccans listen to 45 minutes of information per day, including 20 minutes on national media and 25 minutes on foreign media, he added, noting that the Agency wishes to recover, through its TV channel, 10 to 15 minutes out of the 25 dedicated to foreign media.

Thus, MAP's new TV Channel will "strengthen national information sovereignty," he said.

Hachimi Idrissi said that this TV channel adopts a "slow-news" model which tries to debate, explain and convince in order to give stakeholders in economic, political and social life time to explain to viewers what they do.

In addition to M24, MAP announced on October 6 its 24-hour internet news radio, RIM Radio, which offers both a live stream and on-demand audio clips.

Broadcast in Arabic on "", the platform allows to listen live to radio newspapers, programs and pre-recorded reports (podcasts) in streaming and downloadable.

The diversification of the Agency's products, which used to present a mono-product, namely the news report, was essential with, initially, a preliminary analysis of the activity of the MAP and then in the strategic vision subsequently developed, he said, explaining that the desire to diversify took place in a context of change with increasing digitization and a booming electronic press where internet was beginning to disrupt the entire media landscape.

This change has enabled the arrival of a new generation of journalists better trained in digital technology who have brought know-how, new life and freshness to the agency, he pointed out. 12

MAP launches three new specialized information websites

MAP has launched three new specialized news websites covering current issues in finance, tourism and sport. The launch of these sites in French and Arabic is part of the implementation of the Agency's new strategic orientations.

Thus, the site will publish in full autonomy all information and news of a financial and economic nature, illustrated with photos and graphics. This site offers several sections including: News, Stock Exchange, Economy, Companies, Banks & Insurance, Analysis & Finance and International.

For its part, the site will be dedicated to all sporting information. It will feature several disciplines including Football, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Tennis, Athletics, Combat and Golf.

The Football section will focus on the national championship, Botola Pro and Botola 2, and the Throne Cup, as well as competitions in other countries notably Italy, Spain, England, France and Germany.

As for the site, it will be devoted to tourism news in different formats (article, image gallery and videos). This portal will cover news related to destinations, transport, tourist events, accommodation and gastronomy.

Moroccan News Agency Publishes its 2020 Photo Album

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has published its "2020 MAP Album Photo: Images from Morocco", which highlights the events and achievements that have marked this year.

This colorful album sheds light on a year of national and international news marked mainly by the management of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Through a selection of images taken by MAP photographers, the publication highlights the development that the Kingdom is experiencing under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Based on the photos carefully selected and captioned, the album highlights the exceptional commitment and the various activities of HM the King, as well as the visits made and the projects launched by the Sovereign.

The 20th anniversary of the accession of HM King Mohammed VI to the Throne of His glorious ancestors, the working session chaired by the Sovereign dedicated to the management of the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the production of protection masks so as to safeguard the health of citizens and curb the spread of Covid-19 are among the events illustrated in this 467-page book.

In the editorial of this beautiful book, Managing Director of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, commented the Covid-19 pandemic and the response provided by Morocco to mitigate the repercussions of this crisis, underlining in this regard that "each country has responded according to its means, its own genius or its national inspiration, namely its values, its culture or idea it has of its living together". 13

According to Hachimi Idrissi, from the start of the pandemic, the State "courageously took the necessary measures", while HM the King, on the front line, has given effective instructions to public authorities which led to "judicious measures, real social mobilization, a transparent statistical apparatus, a vigilant information system and an effective aid and support system".



Azima initiative: TAP signs agreement with Ministry in charge of Relations with Constitutional Bodies

26/11/2020 19:06, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The Ministry in charge of Relations with Constitutional Bodies and Civil Society inked Thursday two partnership agreements with TAP news agency and the Tunisian radio and television corporations.

Media support for national initiave Azima (determination) is at the core of the agreement.

Azima initiative to counter the spread of the COVID-19 fits within a national programme that involves several ministries and national and international organisations to raise awareness about the need to comply with health protocols.

Minister Thouraya Jribi said the two accords are designed to involve TAP and the radio and television corporations in backing up this fresh initiative. Signatory media facilities will raise awareness of citizens about the dangers of the pandemic and the need to demonstrate full compliance with the protocol released by the Health Ministry.

The two agreements are geared towards establishing a fruitful partnership between signatories to give a boost to the initiative.

The ministry undertakes to involve TAP and the radio and television corporations in working out a relevant communication plan and have their names featured in campaigns whatever their shape and the supports used.

Under these agreements, the ministry will make contact easier for journalists from both establishments with experts. Ready-to-air coverage promotional spots will be made available without direct or indirect trade marks.

TAP undertakes to secure the coverage of Azima initiative and promote it through its website and the official pages of social networks.

The news agency will also publish information and data on COVID-19 and provide free access to the large public.

The logo of the initiative will feature on the website while linking to the website created by the ministry to this end.

The agency's training room fitted out for virtual meetings will be made available for the ministry in a bid to help it hold training sessions for media people about Azima initiative. Full coverage for the ministry's activities in relation to the initiative will be ensured.

The television and radio corporations will also broadcast Azima spots on a variety of media supports.

Regular meetings will be held. They will bring together signatories to assess cooperation and partnership programmes.

CEO of TAP Mouna Mtibaa said the news agency - a media instiution with its 22 regional offices- will seek to translate Azima into action and will support it nationwide by means of publishing timely information about the pandemic. The aim is to contribute to awareness raising efforts.

The news agency aquired solid experience in the first wave of the COVID - 19 when it comes to providing accurate and timely news as part of its partenariship with the ministry.

CEO of the Tunisian television corporation and acting CEO of the Radio corporation Mohamed Lasaad Dahech said the goals of these agreements are at the heart of the action of both corporations. Public health is a major responsibility of public media.

Azima initiative provides for action on the ground for civil society activists and collecting and distributing sterilisation and disinfection equipment to ward off the spread of the virus.

Vulnerable groups will benefit from assistance and a boost will be given to scientific research and innovation to fight the pandemic.







We hope everything is well with you.

The "International Press Photo Exhibition: At the Scenes of the Pandemic" opened at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary 16

History in Seoul on November 24, 2020, and will continue until March 1, 2021.

A total of 120 images from 47 news agencies are on display. Every news agency who has contributed its photos is represented in the exhibition. Much to our disappointment, we were unable to show all due to space limits. We seek your understanding.

You can see the photo book, published by Yonhap to coincide with the exhibition opening, on f7?usp=sharing The book shows the displayed images plus 107 more.

The online version of the photo book is also available for view on the websites of Yonhap News Agency( and OANA(

Please contact us if you have any questions.

As said before, the OANA Secretariat will gladly assist any news agency interested in hosting the same or related exhibition.

Best regards

OANA Secretariat




Dear friends and colleagues,

Russian News Agency TASS launches an international photo contest for professional photographers News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID.

Please find attached to this email an official invitation from TASS Director General Mr. Sergey Mikhaylov as well as the annexes with general rules and press release.

Participation is free of charge and you can easily submit your application via the official web site of the contest -


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Moscow, Russia, 125993
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info@tass. ru

Esteemed Colleagues and Dear Friends!

We are delighted to welcome you and offer our compliments; in addition we hope that you are in good health!

TASS Russian News Agency has launched an initiative to hold an international contest for professional photographers entitled News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID. This event is designed to shine the spotlight on the extraordinary endeavors to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, which the World Health Organization officially declared on March 11, 2020.

All of us are well aware that the pandemic has not only tragically impacted millions of people all across the globe, but it also posed a serious challenge that the news and media community had to tackle. And, of course, the pandemic has caused many trials and tribulations for photojournalists. The photo services of news agencies around the world are deeply entrenched on the frontlines of this war against the pandemic. These professionals have displayed great diligence and heroic courage when covering the valiant efforts by medical doctors, nurses and volunteers, keeping their audiences up-to-date on the current situation in their own countries and around the world day in day out while telling the stories of ordinary people.

One of the contest's main goals is to pay tribute to the selfless work of photoreporters affirming that they are as essential as professionals from different fields, who have demonstrated their heroism at every single moment.

We seek your assistance for our photo contest by asking you for informational support for the News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID 18


In addition, we are inviting members of your photo reporting teams, and all leading photo journalists working for your partners and clients to participate in the contest. We would be delighted to see their names on the list of contenders seeking to clinch a victory!

If you are interested in publishing information about this contest and covering it on your agency's newsfeeds and other information resources, we are ready to promptly provide all the related materials you may need.

You will find detailed information and a news release about the contest in the supplements to this letter.


1. Contest information

The photo contest's official website is:

TASS contact person - Anastsiya Rodionova-Nakayama. rodionova-nakayama,

office telephone number +7(499)791-04-44 (006. 7518),

mobile telephone number +7(926) 296 10 64.

1. Addenda:

 Contest information

2. News release

Sincerely yours,

Director General Sergey Mikhaylov Sergey


The contest's universal rules and regulations *

This competition is open for professional journalistic and documentary works devoted to all stages of battling the pandemic and how it has impacted people's lives worldwide. 19

There are two nominations under the following categories: one for "Single Photo" and the other for "Picture Series". Each contender is entitled to hand in a maximum of 3 snapshots in the singles category and 12 pictures in the photo series.

Joining the contest is free of charge.

All applications should be handed in through the photo contest's official website Works submitted in any other way will not be accepted.

These snapshots will be evaluated by an international jury of respected photojournalism professionals, including seasoned members from the co-organizers of the competition.

3. General requirements for all snapshots:

Photos taken anytime between December 2019 and December 1, 2020 are permitted to enter the contest.

All pictures should have a clear-cut description in English and contain the information spelled out in the contest's rules. The title, description and organization name must meet the IPTC's standard.

4. All photos shall comply with the following requirements:

- Photos in the JPEG format with the high quality of compression (but not more than Five (5) MB). The Organizer shall be entitled to request the original unframed file with the maximum quality of compression,

- Only original photos are allowed to participate in the Photo Contest. The Participant must not scale the photo or otherwise change its resolution,

- ICC profile is to be embedded in the photo. It is recommended to use AdobeRGB, sRGB or grayscale Gamma 2.2,

- Only images with a single exposure and in One (1) frame may be accepted. Any multiple expositions and polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are not allowed.

5. Dates and stages of the contest:

Online applications are collected until December 1, 2020. 01.12.2020 - 15.01.2021 The jury selects the shortlist; 15.01.2021 - 15.02.2021 The jury picks the winners.

TASS contact person: Mrs. Anastasia Rodionova-Nakayama,

+7(499)791-04-44 ext.7518, cell. +7(926)296-10-64

Selecting snapshots and voting will be conducted online. 20

The winners will be revealed by the international jury on March 11, 2021, which will coincide with the first anniversary of WHO's pandemic announcement.


6. Prize fund:

Grand prize - $10,000

Main prize in the single photo category - $3,000 Main prize in the picture series category - $3,000

The full list of guidelines is presented on the contest's website



Best photos dedicated to coronavirus epidemic to vie for $10,000 grand prize

The submission of applications will last until December 1, 2020

MOSCOW /TASS/. The submission of applications for participating in the international contest News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID kicked off. The contest is devoted to the coronavirus pandemic that broke out in 2020 and aims to laud the significance of the work of photojournalists who demonstrated professional heroism during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Joining the contest is free of charge and any photographer working for or collaborating with the media can take part in it. The submission of applications will last until December 1, 2020. The jury will select the best snapshots and determine the winners they will be announced on March 11, 2021 the anniversary of the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic by the World Health Organization.

There are two nominations under the following categories: one for "Single Photo" and the other for "Picture Series". The winners in each category will get a monetary award of $3,000. The jury will also select the best snapshot out of all those submitted, and that one will be awarded the "Grand Prize". The one who took this winning picture will receive $10,000.

The jury authorized to evaluate the contestants' works includes the international team of honored photojournalists, industry leaders and representatives of world-renowned media: Managing Director of Audio Visual Content at Kyodo News Hitoshi 21

Oikawa, Chief of ANSA Desk Picture Stefania Iantaffi, Head of Pictures at PA Martin Keene, head of TASS Photo Information Division Grigory Dukor, Pawel Kopczynski, Photo Editor at Reuters, responsible for the company's work in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as for global sports events. The jury also includes the head of the Photography Division of the Moscow bureau of the Associated Press Alexander Zemlianichenko, special photo correspondent for France Presse in Moscow Mladen Antonov, NOOR photo agency founder Yuri Kozyrev and veteran Canadian photojournalist and photo editor Gary Hershorn.

You can learn more about the terms and conditions to enter the competition and the rules of the News Photo Awards. Overcoming Covid here.

Official contest website







COVID-19: AFP launches media literacy initiative in France With Facebook

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, AFP has been on the frontline in covering this unprecedented crisis and also to fight the tidal wave of harmful disinformation which is spreading almost as fast as the virus. As a world leader in digital verification, we have been relentlessly ramping up operations to help the public and impart media literacy, while coordinating efforts with other major organisations worldwide.

AFP is launching a special partnership with Facebook in France, with an educational video campaign about misinformation on COVID-19. With this expansion of our fact-checking journalism to video, we will seek to better explain how misinformation occurs, how it spreads and how we debunk hoaxes and verify viral rumours online. The videos will be shared on our French Facebook page as well as on our AFP Fact Check website. 4

AFP Yasuyoshi Chiba World Press Photo of the Year

AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba has won the top prize at the World Press Photo Awards 2020, which also gave awards to three other photojournalists from the Agency this year.

Yasuyoshi Chiba's "Straight Voice", voted best photo of the year by the World Press Photo jury, shows a man illuminated by the light of mobile phones, reciting a poem in the middle of a group of protesters demanding a civilian regime in Khartoum, in Sudan.

The photo also won first place in the "General News Singles" category.

AFP's 2019 operating result shows strong growth as the Agency assesses the early impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

During a meeting of the Board on 29th April 2020, AFP validated its annual accounts for 2019, thus closing the first financial year since the Agency launched its transformation plan and signed a targets & resources agreement with the French government.

After the Agency achieved growth in 2018 for the first time in 4 years, AFP's commercial revenue remained virtually stable in 2019, at 167 million (down by 0.5% on the basis of equivalent exchange rates and accounting methods), despite the fact that the odd-numbered year meant fewer sporting events and, therefore, lower revenue from images. By implementing an Image Plan and following the strong trend towards digital investigations, the Agency was able to offset the effects of the lasting print-media crisis. For the first time, print media fell below the threshold of 30% of overall turnover, while that generated by the TV media exceeded 20%.

The Agency received increased support from the French government, in the form of a 124.4 million subsidy (11 million more than in 2018) to cover the net cost of its general-interest remit.

The year was marked by the first workforce reduction measures to be implemented under the transformation plan, notably a voluntary redundancy scheme which will lead to the suppression of 78 jobs over a full year. The positive impacts of these measures should be felt from 2020 onwards.



Responding immediately to the needs and dangers that Covid-19 has brought to our lives ANA-MPA has set up an emergency working plan since March 16th promoting the solution of teleworking.

Clearly, under such conditions the motivation to adopt teleworking was driven less by demands for organizational flexibility and more by necessity for protecting the safety of the employees.

The emergency plan has been reviewed on a weekly basis according to the developments in the fight against Covid-19 in Greece and the measures taken by the respective government authorities. 5

On this basis, ANA-MPA's President and General Director Mr. Eftychios Pallikaris has announced a few days ago a gradual return to work (office) plan as of May 4th.

Despite the harsh times the world is going through, ANA-MPA has managed to retain its leading position in the media landscape in Greece providing news on the pandemic in accurate and timely manner. At the same time ANA-MPA's staff have been working on new ideas for the further improvement of our services and the increase of our customers' base.

ANA-MPA wishes all AMAN members a safe return to normality.


ANSA leveraging blockchain technology to help readers check source of news from leading Italian newspapers

The Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Association (ANSA), in collaboration with EY Advisory S.p.A (EY), has developed for the first time in Italy's publishing industry - a unique ANSAcheck news tracking system based on blockchain technology. Through a news tracking label called ANSAcheck, readers can check the origin of news that appears on ANSA platforms or is distributed to other editorial publications or third parties such as social media networks or other platforms. ANSA is the leading Italian news agency and one of the top ranked worldwide and represents 24 publishers of major Italian newspapers.

ANSA's objective is to strengthen bonds of trust between its organization and its readers and customers, using blockchain technology that shows the source of news. Thanks to the ANSAcheck news tracking label, readers can trace the history and source of each news item. In this way, readers can continue to depend on the values that have always distinguished ANSA's information.


Corona virus pandemic: organization of work at APS

Following the example of other public structures, Algrie Presse Service agency has implemented the measures contained in the presidential decree of 24 March 2020 laying down additional measures to prevent and combat the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19).

In this regard, the agency decided to grant exceptional leave authorizations to staff suffering from chronic diseases, female staff with young children and staff living far from headquarters and without means of locomotion. The rest of the journalists work from home, while there are daily standby duty hours at the agency's headquarters.

All dispatches, including those coming from the regions, are made through the multimedia platform "fielworx", which takes care of the dispatches, photos and audiovisual capsules.

For the purposes of covering events during the hours of confinement, circulation permits issued by APS are established for journalists, photographers, audiovisual, administrative and technical service staff. These authorizations shall be renewed as necessary and in accordance with the conditions laid down by the competent authorities. 6

Protective measures (bibs, hydro-alcoholic gel) have also been made available to all staff in addition to the disinfection of APS premises and means of transport. Thanks to the containment measures adopted by the public authorities, social distancing is perfectly respected, but remains nevertheless the subject of awareness rising among all the agency's trades.

The same provisions have been applied to the other departments (administration, sales), with a permanent presence on a daily basis.

The technical department, which ensures the continuous maintenance of the editorial flow through the data centre, has had the same measures applied, with the obligation to ensure daily 24/7 availability, while the rest of the tasks are carried out remotely.

The coverage of the coronavirus pandemic is being monitored regularly and continuously. The agency is present at all levels of news concerning the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

APS in its role of public service informs its subscribers through its reports, magazines, lighting and decoding papers. A special covid-19 dossier is available on the agency's main site ( ) in four languages: Arabic, Tamazight, English and French, while the WebTv site ( ) is consulted daily for information aimed at the general public.

In conclusion, the Algrie Presse Service agency, in spite of the exceptional situation that humanity as a whole is experiencing, has adapted perfectly to the containment measures and ensures a continuous and permanent service without significant disruption of its workflow.


CNA telework to face COVID-19 situation

From the early stages that coronavirus COVID-19 hit Cyprus, the Cyprus News Agency put forward its emergency plans under crises situations, activating all mechanisms.

Responding to government measures, CNA implemented on 24 March 2020 the emergency working plan, giving instructions to the staff (journalists, photographers, cameramen and the secretariat staff) to stay at home and start working remotely.

The first concern was to protect the employees and the second concern was to keep normal transmission and satisfy the increased needs of CNA clients/subscribers. So, everybody worked from home and fed their news stories, photos and videos to the electronic system.

During those harsh times, CNA has managed to keep its leading role in the media sphere in Cyprus, with local media and other clients to depend on CNA's daily news stories and other services.

Despite the uneasy conditions we were forced to work, the unexpected experience has given us some lessons, with a number of advantages that we can build on in the digital era. 7


The journalist Gabriela Caas, proposed by the Spanish government to be the next president of Efe

"The agency is itself a success story and it would be arrogant and reckless of me to undertake profound changes that put its brilliant career at risk," Caas said in his appearance before the Constitutional Commission of Congress.

The journalist, who will be the first woman to preside over Efe, has committed two principles of action to her mandate: The first, abide by the Statute of the Agency, which explains in its article 66 that "the Directorate will guarantee scrupulous respect for the veracity of each information, will reject any attempt to influence coverage or informational orientation and will facilitate the right of rectification when it is shown that a story does not answer the truth."

The second, also comply with the law 3/2015 regulating the exercise of the high office of the General State Administration, whose article 3 obliges to work for the general interest with integrity, objectivity and transparency.

"The international dimension of the agency will be a fundamental axis for me", without neglecting "its implementation at the national level in the least," she added.



FENA launches two new projects during the pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic Federal News Agency FENA has launched two projects to meet the needs of its users, but also the needs of the public in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It launched a special site which only publishes news related to the pandemic and this content is available to everyone via our website

At the same time, in cooperation with the leading telecom operator in the country, project has been launched, which secures direct live stream on the most important events, with minimum presence of reporters and media crews. This way FENA supports the epidemiological measures in BiH and it secures media outlets and the public information from the press conferences and other events in real time.

FENA has been live streaming press conferences of health and other government representatives every day over the past two months and delivering the material to all media outlets. All events are also streamed via Agency's Facebook page.

Furthermore, number of video content that FENA publishes has tripled since the epidemic started and number of published articles has significantly increased as well.


E-mtiaz 2019: MAP Wins Award of Excellence for its "MAP News Display" Application

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has won the Award of Excellence in the "Mobile Applications" category for its "Map News Display" application, at the 13th edition of the National Electronic Administration Prize "e-mtiaz 2019". 8

The award was handed to MAP Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, at a ceremony chaired by Head of Government Saad Dine El Otmani.

"The award we received today for MAP News Display is a recognition of a team, a project and an organization. It is a recognition of our ability to imagine, work and manage complex projects, which makes us justly proud," Hachimi Idrissi said on this occasion.

"In order to succeed in delivering such a project, it obviously takes expertise, the search for excellence, while committing to improving the quality of the processes to achieve a product that is truly useful to MAP users and its customers," he added.

Organized by the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Administrative Reform, this award aims to encourage successful e-administration projects and initiatives and to pay tribute to the teams that carry these projects.

MAP, Prensa Latina Ink Agreement to Foster Bilateral Cooperation

A cooperation agreement was signed in Rabat between the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and the Latin American News Agency (Prensa Latina).

Inked by MAP Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and Prensa Latina President, Luis Enrique Gonzalez Acosta, this agreement is intended to develop bilateral cooperation in the area of exchange of information (texts and multimedia products) and expertise.

The agreement enables the two agencies to receive and make use of each other's News Service and multimedia products in English and Spanish for editorial purpose.

In a statement to MAP on this occasion, Luis Enrique Gonzalez Acosta underlined the importance of the exchange of information between the two agencies to promote the destinations of Cuba and Latin America among Moroccans, and to shed light on the cultural and historical assets of the Kingdom of Morocco in Cuba as well as in the other countries of the continent.

He also expressed his wish to further develop bilateral cooperation in other areas.

MAP Forum: Mediterranean Region Must Regain Centrality in International Relations (Oualalou)

It is time for the Mediterranean region to regain its place as a central pole in international relations, especially as it has all the assets to this end, said former Minister of Finance Fathallah Oualalou, also writer and Senior Fellow at Policy Center for the New South (PCNS).

Oualalou, who was the guest of MAP Forum to present his book "globalization and us", highlighted the potential of the Maghreb region to reinforce this centrality, especially Morocco which is experiencing mutations at all levels, including in terms of infrastructure.

He said that Morocco has implemented mega projects like the Tangier-Mediterranean port and the Nador-West port project, currently under way. 9

In addition to journalists, MAP Forum brings together representatives from ministerial departments and figures from a wide array of fields. It offers a venue for debating and interacting with decision-makers and experts.

MAP Staff Elect Representatives at Editorial Board & Joint Management Council

The election of the members of the Editorial Board and the Joint Management Council of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) took place at the Agency's headquarters in Rabat.

The election of the staff representatives took place in a positive atmosphere marked by an excellent organization, transparency and the effective and serious participation of MAP staff from all the agency's services.

These elections came in application of Law No. 02-15, reorganizing the Moroccan News Agency, and in compliance with the internal regulations of the Editorial Board and the Joint Management Council approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting held on December 9, 2019.

This election of MAP staff representatives is the first of its kind after the approval of the MAP reorganization law, which provides that two members representing journalists and two other members representing non-staff journalists shall sit on the Agency's Board of Directors as members.

MAP DG, Directors Contribute To Special Fund for Coronavirus Pandemic Management

The Director General of Moroccan News Agency (MAP) Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and the agency's central directors and directors of international and regional poles have decided to contribute to the Special Fund for Coronavirus Pandemic Management through individual participation.

This initiative is part of the national mobilization and the national campaign to fight the spread of Covid-19, and in response to the creation by HM King Mohammed VI of this Solidarity fund against the coronavirus.

MAP directors also undertake to shoulder all their responsibilities in this fight against the Covid-19 and to take all useful and necessary measures to ensure the continuity of the Public Service.

Coronavirus: Moroccan News Agency Activates Remote Work System for Staff

Journalist and non-journalist staff of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) started to work remotely, as part of precautionary measures aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

The agency has already the necessary system and logistical equipment to implement this type of work, which aims mainly to avoid the spread of the virus among employees and their family members. 10

This decision, which takes place following consultation with the Agency's occupational doctor, is in line with the decisions and recommendations announced by the Moroccan government and the relevant authorities to fight the pandemic.

It concerns people with specific health needs, pregnant and lactating women, that is 41 people as well as people whose spouses work in hospitals.

The decision also concerns people whose children are under the age of 16 (253 people). The staff at the agency's regional and international poles are concerned in a bid to reduce staff exposure.

The agency's management calls on staff to implement the precautionary measures issued by public authorities and to be vigilant.

MAP Launches "" Website for Credible Information on Covid-19

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has launched the website "" for publishing all verified and credible information related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and keeping the public opinion informed of developments concerning this pandemic.

This e-portal is a general platform posting in real time the latest information on the evolution of the epidemiological situation in Morocco and in the world, as well as the measures taken or to be taken against the spread of the virus.

"" is also intended to counter "fake news" that are sometimes posted on social networks and other communication tools and information media.

The website offers accurate, complete and source information in text and image form through news stories, photographs, videos as well as infographics.


Tanjug press release: Let's be exact, the first, reliable, but also maximum responsible

Tanjug News Agency, which on daily level, approximately broadcast around 100 video contents, since the emergency situation was announced in Serbia, on March 16, it has tripled the number of live streaming, so during the last 40 days we have realized around 120 live streaming's, which is, three per day in average.

There are three main reasons for such extensive approach in live streaming reporting by Tanjug News Agency in such circumstances:

First, preventive protection of Tanjug's redaction and reporters, because, on that why we are informing public and citizens, with reduced risk for our reporters to be in contact with infected persons, because, at the certain event, respectively on the field, there are only cameramen, while journalists are working from redaction, from their working place and preparing reports and news.

Second, higher number of live streaming's has doubled contribution in rationalization of the work of our clients, especially when we are talking about TV houses. 11

From one side, TV houses are using Tanjug's live streaming, so they may not send their reporter's vehicle and reporters in the field, which also protects them in the swing of this pandemic, while, from the other side, using Tanjug's live streaming they have economic benefit, taking into account that they may not spend resources for sending reporters, which also requires logistic spends.

Third, higher number of Tanjug's live streaming, which is also broadcasting on social networks Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, as well as on the official Tanjug's web page, contributes to correct, timely and reliable informing Serbian public, so additionally influences our citizens to have correct information of experts, and to be as less as possible exposed to fake news and manipulations, which are, usually, more present, in this emergency circumstances.

On that way Tanjug News Agency fulfills its essential mission about informing public, and, at the same time, strives to be publicly responsible company, in the conditions of Covid 19 pandemic.



TAP shifting gears to adjust to COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak hit over 180 countries and impacted the lives of people across the globe, bringing to an unjust end almost all daily and school routines and suspending sports and cultural events.

The coronavirus, this one microscopic beast that brought the entire world to heel, sparked a social media frenzy with updates about new cases, deaths, rates, recoveries, quarantine and the lockdown measures.

Radio and TV stations kept pace, while the print media industry ground to a halt.

The large public became familiar with what used to be the unusual scenes of senior State officials wearing surgical masks and keeping distance to avoid infection.

The pandemic has not only heightened reporting challenges for media people in Tunisia as everywhere in the world but also content and quality challenges.

Trust, accuracy and timely news came more to the fore.

TAP news agency, the flagship media outlet, swiftly adapted to changes. Protective measures were taken to ward off transmission among staff while increased focus was brought on challenges of remote work and quality of news items.

A web access of the news platform (NewsAsset) was made available to this end, allowing the majority of journalists to work from home.

Social media apps like Messenger and Whatsapp helped with coordination.

Remote work has not been an option, though, for many others in the agency as reporters and photographers still need to be on the spot to cover news and take 12


Local reporters are facing twin challenges as they have to provide timely and accurate news about the novel coronavirus, mostly in remote areas, while struggling to do their job as they have often limited internet access and suffer hardships and discomfort moving about.

Misinformation is a major problem that comes to add up to the woes of the media sector as fake news found a fertile ground, taking hold in the form of fake cures, misleading figures, etc, and bringing to the fore the urgent need to maintain the trust in mass media and abide by journalistic ethics.

The veracity of news being a major concern, they propelled journalists to seek official sources amid coronavirus news pouring in relentlessly.

Statements over the phone and interviews come up as a public-interest reporting option to secure credible news.

TAP recognised the COVID-19 as a global public health emergency that calls for a tailored response.

As long as a truly effective vaccine is still not available, many questions go unanswered about social activities, in general, and the way media people will operate. AG/SY


EANA, AMAN and members assist HINA during difficult moment

The EANA Board has decided unanimously in favour of allowing HINA to not pay this year's membership fee, because of the extremely difficult situation in which the Croatian news agency finds itself in.

The Mediterranean Alliance of News Agencies (AMAN) has decided to assist HINA with 10.000 US dollars, as an act of solidarity with its member-agency, which is going through difficult moments, because of the earthquake that hit Zagreb and made HINA's headquarters unusable.

Also, ANP has helped HINA by sending photo-video technical equipment, and PAP has sent both 10.000 euros and 15 laptops, in a great show of solidarity between colleagues. HINA has also received a lot of support letters from EANA and AMAN members



Anadolu Agency journalist injured in French protests Covering protests in Paris, Dursun Aydemir was injured in leg when gas canister used by police hit him

Gzde Bayar | 11.01.2020


An Anadolu Agency photojournalist was wounded on Saturday in the French capital Paris during clashes between police and demonstrators, who are protesting President Emmanuel Macron's controversial pension plans.

Covering the protests, Dursun Aydemir was injured in the leg when a gas canister used by the police hit him near the Lyon Train Station.

Aydemir received first aid at the scene. 3

On Dec. 5, another Anadolu Agency photojournalist Mustafa Yalcin was injured in the eye when a gas canister used by the security forces hit him in the face, breaking his mask.

World decries Egypt's detention of Anadolu Agency staff

UN, EU, leading journalism organizations react to arbitrary detentions by Egyptian authorities in Tuesday raid

Sena Guler and Ali Murat Alhas | 17.01.2020


The international community and leading journalism organizations across the globe have reacted to the detention of Anadolu Agency employees by Egyptian authorities on Tuesday following a raid on the agency's office in Cairo.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said his colleagues were in contact with the Egyptian officials "at various levels" and urging them to adhere to international human rights treaties.

"We are aware of the reports that Egyptian security forces raided Anadolu [Agency] offices in Cairo and reportedly arrested four journalists, including one Turkish national. They've been detained in an unknown location," Dujarric told reporters in New York on Thursday.

Hilmi Balci, a Turkish citizen, returned to Istanbul on Friday morning. The whereabouts of the other three remain unknown.

As a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Egypt is obliged to protect the interests of journalists who are only doing their job, said Dujarric.

"Freedom of expression plays a central role in the effective functioning of a democratic political system," said the UN spokesman.

"We call for the release of anyone who is detained. We would want to see them released or at least as a minimum have information as to their whereabouts."

EU, Germany express concern

The European Union also stressed that journalists should be able to work without being disrupted. 4

"The EU reiterates the importance it attaches to freedom of the press and diverse media environment, with professional journalists able to work unhindered, all over the world," Peter Stano, the EU Commission spokesman, told Anadolu Agency.

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said the country was aware of the reports regarding the detention of Anadolu Agency employees.

"If true, we call on the Egyptian government to release the detained journalists and allow for a free and open press in Egypt," said the spokesperson.

The German Foreign Ministry also joined the chorus of criticism.

"The German Foreign Office is concerned over the search of Turkish news agency Anadolu's Cairo office and the arrest of four employees," a Foreign Ministry spokesperson told Anadolu Agency.

"We have often expressed our worries about the situation of press freedom in Egypt. We believe that a free and diverse press is extremely important for a functioning social system. It enables dialogue and exchanges, and thereby contributes to stability and development," the spokesperson said.

In addition to these countries and international bodies, various journalism organizations across the world were quick to react to the incident that breached freedom of speech.

On Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for the immediate release of the detained staff.

The group said in a statement that it had contacted the Egyptian Prosecutor General's Office and State Information Service for more information about the police operation but was awaiting a response.

Vienna-based International Press Institute also "strongly" condemned the "blatant attack" on Anadolu Agency staff.

In a statement, the institute's Director of Advocacy, Ravi Prasad said: "Authorities in Cairo must immediately release all four journalists and explain the reason for their arrest."

Media Association, an Istanbul-based press group, was among those who condemned the detention of Anadolu Agency employees.

"We hereby condemn the Egyptian government and demand that Anadolu Agency employees be set free immediately," the association said in a statement.

It also called on the Egyptian government to "give up its hostile and arbitrary attitude against journalists".

On Thursday, the Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) urged Egypt to free the detained staff in Cairo. 5

"ABNA-SE calls for the immediate release of the journalists, who are being held without any information from the Egyptian authorities," it said in a statement.

The association stressed that the raid was deeply worrying.

World wants to know

The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) also called on Egypt to release the employees.

"EANA Board considers that the Egyptian authorities should immediately release the detained journalists and inform the international public on what were the legal grounds of their initial arrest," the alliance said in a statement.

"EANA stands with its member, Anadolu Agency and its journalists," it added.

Likewise, the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) said: "AMAN condemns such actions against the press and in this case against Anadolu staff members in Cairo."

"AMAN stands with its member-agency and demands from the Egyptian Authorities the immediate release of Anadolu's Cairo staff members, clearing the reasons of this raid," the alliance added.

Stockholm-based human rights foundation, Skyline International, condemned the raid.

Moath Hamed, head of Middle East and North Africa desk, said in a statement that the detention shows the Egyptian authorities continue targeting journalistic work and freedom of the press.

Journalist groups across Indonesia, including the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI), also strongly condemned the detention.

Attempt to gag freedom of press

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) termed the detentions as an attempt to gag the freedom of the press.

A South African media advocacy group, Media Review Network (MRN), decried the move and expressed "outrage that those detained without any valid legal basis have been taken to undisclosed locations".

Azerbaijan's state news agency AzerTac condemned the raid and expressed solidarity with the "friendly and brotherly country of Turkey's news agency".

The Balkans joined in condemning Egypt's raid, with many describing the incident as an attempt to gag the freedom of the press.

Serbia's public news agency Tanjug, as well as B92, Danas and many more other private news outlets slammed Egypt's action. 6

The issue was also covered by Bosnia's state-run new agency Fena and one of the country's most popular newspapers, Oslobodjenje.

The North Macedonian-based Albanian-language Shenja TV as well as Top Channel -- one of Albania's leading TV networks -- reported on the raid, as did Kosovo-based daily Blic and Macedonian newspaper Nova Makedonija, which is one of the oldest newspapers in North Macedonia.

The regional N1 TV network and Aj Balkans also covered the story.


"By arresting 4 members of Anadolu Agency, Egypt is using them as hostages and as weapons in a diplomatic dispute. This is unacceptable," said Reporters Without Borders on Twitter.

The Turkish Cypriot Foreign Press Association also condemned Egypt and said the raid and arrests were attacks on basic human rights.

A global journalist group, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), said in a statement: "We strongly urge the Egyptian authorities to release all jailed media workers and to respect press freedom. No journalist should fear punishment for reporting the news."

The Sudanese Journalists' Union condemned the Egyptian police raid saying it violated the freedom of the press.

All Anadolu Agency staffers released after detention in Egypt

Earlier this week, Egyptian police raided Cairo office of Anadolu Agency, detained four employees



All of Anadolu Agency staffers, who were detained by Egyptian police earlier this week, were released, said the agency head on Sunday.

"All our staff members, detained in Egypt on Jan. 14 have been released," Anadolu Agency Director General Senol Kazanci said.

On Tuesday evening, Egyptian police raided the Cairo office of Anadolu Agency and detained four employees.

Hilmi Balci, one of four detained in Egypt, was released last Thursday and he came to Turkey.

Kazanci said three Egyptian citizens of Anadolu Agency staff were released on Sunday for some $600 bail on each.

Turkey and the international community had condemned the raid and called for the immediate release of the staffers. 7

Turkey's political relations with Egypt have remained rocky since 2013, when Mohamed Morsi -- Egypt's first freely elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader -- was ousted in a bloody military coup.

*Writing by Fahri Aksut

Istanbul Photo Awards announces jury for 2020 contest

Jury members to meet this March to select winner of international photo contest

Saadet Firdevs Apari | 22.01.2020


The Jury members to judge entries in the sixth Istanbul Photo Awards -- an international news photography contest held by Turkey's leading Anadolu Agency -- were announced on Wednesday.

The jury members of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2020 are Yuri Kozyrev, a photojournalist with Dutch-based NOOR Agency; Marion Mertens, a senior digital editor at Paris Match in France; Michel Scotto, AFP's head of photo business development in France; Deborah Copaken, an American photojournalist and author; Georges De Keerle, a photojournalist and visual media consultant; Cameron Spencer, Getty Images sports chief photographer; Ahmet Sel, a senior photojournalist with Anadolu Agency; Hasan Oymez, the editor-in-chief of Anadolu Agency's Visual News Department, and Firat Yurdakul, photography editor for Anadolu Agency.

Jury members will meet this March to select the winner of the international photo contest.

The Istanbul Photo Awards is organized by Anadolu Agency, which has worked with a great number of photojournalists throughout its 100 years in journalism and aims to support the profession of photojournalism.

The application period of the contest, to which photographers across the world applied in approximately three months, was extended until Feb. 15, according to a statement from the agency.

The contest has four categories: Single News, Story News, Single Sports, and Story Sports.

Professional photographers can apply for the contest via, the statement said.

The winner of the Single News category will be honored as Photo of the Year with a prize of $8,000, while winners in other categories will get $5,000 for first prize, $3,000 for second prize, and $1,500 for third. 8

Much like years past, this year's winning photos will be displayed throughout the year at exhibitions in Turkey and abroad, including New York, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Anadolu Agency starts podcast service

Podcasts available in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, Castbox applications free of charge

Mucahit Aydemir | 07.02.2020


Anadolu Agency, Turkey's top news provider, has launched podcast service as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of its foundation.

Starting with the "Analysis" program by senior reporters and experts, it will also launch "Today in 60 seconds" and "Agency Time" programs under "Anadolu Agency Podcast" brand.

The previous episodes of the analyses published daily can also be accessed through the "Anadolu Agency Podcast" channel.

Podcasts are available in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud and Castbox applications free of charge in smartphones and personal computers.

Podcasts provide many advantages to users in digital media, such as access at any time, easy and fast download and broadcasting, even for amateur content producers, as well as frequent updating.

Anadolu Agency has 41 offices in 35 countries, representatives in 100 countries and serves to subscribers in 76 countries.

Agency's network covers 90% of the world's population, with its staff from 124 different nationalities.

* Writing and contribution by Davut Demircan.

Turkey to train South Asian media representatives

Anadolu Agency, Turks Abroad and Related Communities Presidency to organize program in Istanbul next month

Muhammet Nusret Altun | 05.02.2020


A two-week-long media training program will be hosted in Istanbul next month with an aim to support experience sharing between Turkey and the South Asian countries in the field of media. 9

The South Asia Media Training Program (SAMED) will be organized in English by Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities Presidency (YTB) in cooperation with Anadolu Agency.

The training, scheduled to take place from March 15-28, will be given by journalists from Anadolu Agency's experienced staff. It will include courses such as social media and internet journalism, agenda and source in journalism, data journalism, crisis journalism, interview techniques, photography as well as video production and editing.

The program will include a combination of theoretical and practical courses and visits to partner organizations in Turkey for a better understanding of the media landscape.

During the fortnightly program, there will be an opportunity to strengthen cultural interaction with events and city tours, as well as various seminars and courses.

Candidates who wish to participate in the training program from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and diaspora members of these countries can fill in the application form accessible at, as well as a short video in which they explain themselves and the reasons for applying to the program. They must send their CVs to before Feb. 13, 2020.

* Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur



Changes have taken place at ANA-MPA's Thessaloniki's bureau with the appointment of Stavros Tzimas, a longstanding journalist of the Agency as the new director and Nikos Yiotis as the new director of the radio station "Praktoreio 104,9 FM".

Meanwhile, ANA-MPA is turning the corner in 2020 with ongoing preparations for a new webpage and a new stronger video department. ...& in other developments

In the wider media sector, DCN SOUTHEAST EUROPE HUB (a consortium of Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network, non-profits, public and private organisations and companies, working, or interested to be involved, in the field of digital communication, social impact campaigns, technology, and innovation) is currently developing a wide range of activities in Thessaloniki and the wider region with an aim to tap into the best talent, ideas and resources that will help journalists to adapt to the changing realities in the information space and the emerging needs and challenges of the region.




MAP Marks its 60th Anniversary

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Mohammed V National Theatre in Rabat with a Gharnati music recital 10

performed by a Maghreb orchestra, in the presence of various MAP staff, former executives of the Agency and personalities from the worlds of culture, media and sport.

Speaking on this occasion, MAP director general Khalil Hachimi Idrissi said that the celebration of the Agency's 60th anniversary is a reason for hope and comfort, while expressing pride in MAP's history, past, people and achievements.

Hachimi Idrissi said he is convinced that the future belongs to those who have a project, a strategic vision as well as motivated human resources, noting that Morocco, which is emerging thanks to its intelligence, its people and its own genius, will be able to find a sustainable way towards progress and shared prosperity.

G2T Global Awards: MAP Wins Award of  Best Arab News Agency for 2019

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has won the prize of the Best Arab News Agency for the year 2019 in the category "Heritage and Media" at the 4th G2T Global Awards.

This prestigious award, which recognizes the Agency's commendable achievements as well as its significant contribution to the national and Arab media fields, was handed to MAP director general, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, at a ceremony attended by distinguished national and Arab personalities from various backgrounds.

"This award, which honors a team and a project, recognizes and magnifies concrete and measurable achievements. That is why we believe that this distinction is legitimate," said Hachimi Idrissi.

MAP is playing a significant role in the national and continental media landscape.

Orange the world: MAP dressed in orange

MAP has joined the global campaign "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence", launched by UN Women in Marrakech under the theme "Positive Masculinities: Men and Boys Reject Violence Against Women and girls".

In response to the call of the UN Secretary General, MAP's headquarters was lit up in orange, the distinctive color of this global campaign.

Through this symbolic action, MAP contributes to raising awareness and encouraging efforts to combat all kinds of gender-based violence.


FAAPA Holds in Rabat its 5th General Assembly

The Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA) has held in Rabat its 5th general assembly, in the presence of its president, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and several directors general of African press agencies, in addition to the new secretary general of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), Dong Min Lee. 11

Speaking on this occasion, Hachimi Idrissi called for further strengthening the cooperation of African news agencies, by promoting strategic partnerships in all areas of common interest, in order to counter the proliferation of fake news.

He recalled that the Federation is one of the most important professional groups, which has become a leader in African news, with a professional platform that brings together some thirty news agencies from the continent.

During the opening ceremony, an institutional film was screened highlighting the Federation's key events since its creation in 2014.

MAP, YONHAP Ink an Agreement to Develop Cooperation

Morocco's News Agency (MAP) and South-Korean news agency YONHAP have signed an agreement to promote bilateral cooperation and consolidate their professional relations, on the sidelines of the 5th General Assembly of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA) held in Rabat.

The agreement, signed by MAP Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and YONHAP President and CEO, Sung-boo Cho, enables the two parties to grant each other the right to receive and make use of each other's News Service in English and French languages for editorial purpose.

The agreement's objective is to allow the two parties to freely exchange news between them.

The two parties agreed to exchange visits and expertise in the journalistic, technical and administration spheres.

They also agreed to organize visits and trainings of journalists, technicians and administration staff from the other party.

MAP Forum: Focus on Visa For Music Festival

The founder and director of "Visa For Music Festival", Brahim El Mazned, was the guest of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) Forum held under the theme "Visa For Music, the platform for the development of the music industry in Africa and the Middle East".

This meeting, which took place at MAP headquarters in Rabat, was an opportunity for El Mazned to shed light on the role played by "Visa For Music" to promote artistic mobility in Africa and the Middle-East.

El Mazned also highlighted the many possibilities of encounters offered by this Festival, including stands of foreign delegations, labels, booking agencies, as well as speed-meetings that enable artists to present and promote their work directly.



TANJUG : Serbian government adopted new Media Strategy to 2025

Government of the Republic of Serbia on January 2020 has adopted the new Media Strategy to 2025 which is based on state's completely withdrawal from media sector.

Serbian Prime minister Mrs. Ana Brnabic has announced that it is the first step and that they will continue to be dedicating on this matter. 12

Document of the new Media Strategy provides state's completely withdrawal from media sector, and for Tanjug News Agency it means privatization and regulation/resolving its states and ownership.

Namely, since 2015 Republic of Serbia is not financing the work of Tanjug News Agency, although it is still regulated that the state is owner of the Agency, but Tanjug is working practically as independent and exclusively on the market.  



TAP starts digitisation of its 1.5 million photo archives

(TAP) The project of digitising film archives of Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency, around 1.5 million film negatives, was officially launched on Friday at the agency's headquarters in Tunis.

Photographers, journalists, technicians, marketing and sales teams attended the celebration ceremony of this large-scale project carried out with the support of the Media Support Programme in Tunisia (PAMT) managed by African Centre for Training Journalists and Communicators (CAPJC).

The launch of this project, designed by European and Tunisian experts, was marked by the presence of TAP acting CEO, the director of the photo desk, the training director and all the teams involved.

Director of External Relations and Training at TAP, Dr Chaouki Aloui stressed the importance of providing necessary human resources to the development of this project."

He also mentioned the audiovisual studio within the agency which is now "technically operational."

However, in terms of human resources, this studio requires "a team of photographers and journalists that are well trained for its effective exploitation."

The digitisation started with photos dating from the 59s with more than 60 thousand photos, which will be scanned in a first step, said TAP photos desk Manager Lassaad Safer.

The photos will be put to use by the editorial staff and marketed to potential customers. 13

The primary objective is to "save, digitise and enhance the photos and make them available to customers through adequate human and technical resources," he said.

Trainer within the PAMT programme Renaud Girard arrived "to support TAP in the digitisation of film archives." He mentioned that a huge number of photos would be facing destruction if not immediately exploited.

It is a long-term project which will take "almost ten years" to complete.

The next steps should involve the establishment of a large system of human resources and equipment to finalise the programme.

CAPJC director Sad Ben Kraem recalled the different forms of partnership between CAPJC and TAP as well as training provided to TAP agents, including journalists, photographers and technicians.

At the end of the first phase of the PAMT programme, he announced that a second phase will start in May.

TAP archives date from the 1940s and include photos that belonged to the State Secretariat for Information, during the colonial period and then with the independence under the Bourguiba regime.

With the creation of the Agency, a large part of this photographic treasure, composed mainly of political news, was recovered by TAP to keep it in its archives.

In addition to photos, TAP has archives in the documentation order which houses dispatches published since its creation in 1960 until the start of the digital age.




WAFA : Given its considerable margin of freedom, media in Palestine enjoys an enhanced capacity to cover news and ensure follow-up and accountability in several fields

The State of Palestine was among the first to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World, thus taking the first step towards safeguarding media freedoms in Palestine. President Mahmoud Abbas signed the declaration on August 1, 2016, and, accordingly, declared the first of August of every year as the Day of Freedom of Opinion and Expression in Palestine.

The fundamental challenge to Palestinian journalists in the violations committed by the Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate's Freedoms Committee's report reveals that in 2019, Israeli occupation forces committed 760 violations and crimes against Palestinian journalists.

As in previous years, 2019 saw an upsurge of vicious assaults committed by the Israeli occupation against Palestinian media. These assaults manifested in the injuries sustained by Palestinian journalists from Israeli military gunfire, detentions, and the closure of media institutions. The most recent of such assaults was the closure of Palestine TV office in Jerusalem. Focusing on Jerusalem, Israeli occupation authorities perpetrated 30 violations against journalists operating in the city, blocked 250 accounts for 14

journalists and media institutions, and prevented 92 journalists and reporters from covering news.

The Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA) has achieved considerable progress in terms of the scope of news coverage, views and the way of covering events on the local, regional and international levels using print news, images and video recordings.

In 2019, the progress made by WAFA was evidenced in the 14 awards it won in the fields of feature story, video and image on the national and Arab levels.

Moreover, WAFA completed the purchase and finishing works of its new headquarters in Ramallah city. The first to be owned since 1972, WAFA headquarters was built in line with relevant state-of-the-art international standards in terms of modern technologies and equipment necessary to ensure the easiest and fastest news coverage in a manner that ensure effective competition.

Guided by its strategic plan, WAFA seeks to enhance its national and international status through the network of correspondents operating across the Palestinian districts as well as in Arab and foreign states.

WAFA will continue to improve its work on its English, French and Hebrew web pages and to focus on short films and multimedia. The news agency has expanded its social media presence on Facebook, Whatsupp and Twitter, and will continue to do so. The agency's National Information Center updates official data posted on its website to ensure the provision of accurate information.

Acting in line with its plans, WAFA seeks to increase the number of its staff and to improve its performance through training staff on various forms of professional journalism and reporting in order to face various challenges. In parallel, it also seeks to broaden the margin of media freedoms and to promote the freedom of opinion and expression in Palestine, the Arab World and worldwide, keeping with its belief that safeguarding media freedoms is the cornerstone of performance development and enabling media to play their role.




Anadolu Agency's director condemns injury of journo
Photojournalist Mustafa Yalcin injured in eye when gas canister fired by French security forces hit him in face amid clashes

Ali Murat Alhas | 06.12.2019 3


The Chairman of the Board and Director General of Anadolu Agency on Friday condemned an attack on one of the organization's photojournalist who was wounded in protests between French police and demonstrators protesting controversial plans for pension reforms.

In a written statement, Senol Kazanci said Mustafa Yalcin was wounded while working hard to inform people about incidents taking place in France and wished him a quick recovery, adding Anadolu Agency "closely monitored the treatment process."

Kazanci said Yalcin, who has Turkish and French citizenships, was a qualified photojournalist who was awarded many prizes.

"Our friend Mustafa Yalcin was wounded by the violence of French police while doing his duty. The same day, two other journalists were also reportedly wounded. We strongly condemn the French policemen for attacking press members doing their job," he said.

He stressed that journalists' safety and freedom were core elements of democracy urged French security forces to respect those principles and act accordingly.

He also called on the French authorities to take legal action against those responsible for the attack.

Anadolu Agency would follow up with French authorities to investigate whether the incident was the result of a deliberate manner, Kazanci said, adding that the law department of the agency was preparing to defend the legal rights Yalcin.

Kazanci thanked Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and Turkey's Ambassador in Paris Ismail Hakki Musa for closely monitoring the incident.

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the French police's assault on Mustafa Yalın, a photojournalist with Anadolu Agency, with a gas canister during the protests in Paris," Altun said in a statement. "The Directorate of Communications, together with the relevant agencies of the Republic of Turkey, will continue to monitor the situation."

"This heinous assault by French police against a journalist whose job is only journalism is unacceptable," said Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Serdar Cam.

TRT Director General Ibrahim Eren said he hopes Yalcin, who left an unforgettable frame in history with his photographs of a military salute performed by players on the Turkish national team in a French match, will bring in many other precious work in the future. 4

Yalcin was injured in the eye when a gas canister fired by the security forces struck him in the face, breaking his mask. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Anadolu Agency elected Asia-Pacific news agencies vice chair
Anadolu Agency assumes vice presidency of Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies for 3 consecutive years

Burak Bir | 08.11.2019


Anadolu Agency, Turkey's top news source, on Friday was elected to assume vice presidency of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), at the 17th annual meeting.

The annual meeting, hosted by the South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) and OANA General Assembly in South Korea's capital Seoul, ended.

OANA's 44 member news agencies from 35 countries took part in the group's general assembly, along with observers from the World Congress of News Agencies (NAWC), Union of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), and Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA).

At the meeting, Anadolu Agency was represented by Muhammet Salih Demirkan, deputy chairman of the board, and Deputy Director General Mustafa Ozkaya.

Yonhap took over the OANA presidency from the Azerbaijan State News Agency (AzerTAc) to serve for the next three years.

Along with the Anadolu Agency, AzerTAc, Chinese News Agency XINHUA and Russia's TASS news agency were also elected to vice-presidency of the organization for 2019-2022.

Iran's IRNA news agency was elected in the meeting to assume OANA presidency for 2022-2025.

At the end of the two-day meeting, the managers of the news agencies declared their intention to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and the participants signed Seoul Declaration.

The joint declaration stressed the responsibilities of press members as "strengthening cooperation among news agencies of Asia-Pacific region and aiming to find solutions to common challenges faced by members," referring to the goals of the organization.

OANA was founded in 1961 on the initiative of UNESCO to provide direct and free exchange of news between news agencies in an area of more than half the world's population.

Anadolu Agency joined OANA in 1978. 5

Istanbul Photo Awards 2020 open for submissions

Anadolu Agency's international news photo contest to accept submissions through Jan. 31, 2020

Nilay Kar Onum | 08.11.2019


Submissions have opened for Anadolu Agency's 2020 Istanbul Photo Awards, the news agency announced.

The international photo contest will accept applications until Jan. 31, 2020, according to a statement from the agency. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the contest, which is open to professional photographers.

The Istanbul Photo Awards is organized by Anadolu Agency, which has worked with a great number of photojournalists throughout its 100 years in journalism and aims to support the profession of photojournalism.

Photographers across the world are expected to submit images capturing global events over the past year. Mainly focusing on news and sports photos, the contest has four categories: Single News, Story News, Single Sports, and Story Sports.

Next March, an international jury will meet to select the winners who will receive awards yet to be announced.

Previous contestants of the competition think it was "successful" in terms of contributing to global visual news.

Socrates Baltagiannis, a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Athens, Greece described the contest as one of the "most notable annual competitions," in a written interview with Anadolu Agency.

Socrates Baltagiannis

"I do believe that it is a successful contest and that through the years of its existence has succeeded to become one of the most notable annual competitions regarding photojournalism worldwide," said Baltagiannis, who 6

was one of the finalists in the Single News category in the 2016 Istanbul Photo Awards.

'High quality photos'

The quality of the photos is always of a high level, both in terms of pictures and the subjects they depict, said Baltagiannis.

He underlined that the contest contributed to global visual news in many ways, including giving the chance for people to "see, think and evaluate major events", as well as offer the means -- via its prizes -- for photojournalists to continue their work, on account of the difficulties faced by the profession in recent years.

The Istanbul Photo Awards, as with all photojournalism contests, plays "a big role" in continuing to promote quality photojournalism, Istanbul-based Australian photographer Chris McGrath told Anadolu Agency in a written interview.

McGrath won this year for his series "A Journalist's Murder" taken in the wake of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Underlining the importance of the competition in terms of "creating a visual archive of historic events," he said: "For many photographers, it is an outlet for presenting the work they've done over the year, work that will enter the archives of photo contests globally and continue to keep those stories in the public eye. And that's a very important part of photojournalism - creating a visual archive of historic events.

"Over the years, from what I have seen, the Istanbul Photo Awards has endeavored to make itself into a truly international photo award. The jury has supported international stories and issues by selecting the most truthful, relevant and unbiased photographs or stories of the year," he said.

McGrath said he planned on entering the competition again this year.

"As a staff photographer for Getty Images, at the end of every year, I enjoy the process of looking through the stories I have done and editing the best sets of photographs.

"I think the process can also help young photographers take a little step back at the end of the year and look at what they have done in the year and learn from that," he said.

Hosam Salem, an Istanbul-based Gazan freelance photojournalist, also hailed the "successful" and "distinguished" contest.

Salem received the Young Photojournalist award in 2017 with his photograph "Street Training in Gaza".

Asserting that the contest showcased the most powerful and distinguished photos and events throughout the world, he said: "After I won, I decided to participate the following year and the next." 7

"I will participate this year [...] with photos from outside of Gaza this time," he added.

The winner of Photo of the Year in Single News category will be awarded $8,000, while winners in other categories will be given $5,000 for first prize, $3,000 for second prize, and $1,500 for third.

All previous winning photos are available on and professional photographers can apply for 2020 contest on the same website.

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opens in Tokyo
Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition held in Yunus Emre Institute building in Japan's capital

Ahmet Esad Sani, Fatih Turkyilmaz | 19.11.2019

Anadolu Agency's (AA) deputy chairman of the board, Muhammet Salih Demirkan (C), AA's Deputy Director General, Mustafa Ozkaya (R), Turkish Ambassador to Tokyo, Hasan Murat Mercan (L), Jiji Press Photo President, Taisei Ogawa (2nd L) and Kyodo News Executive director Sugita Hiroki (2nd R) cut the ribbon at the opening of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2019 exhibition at the Ankara-based Yunus Emre Institute's building in Tokyo, Japan on November 19, 2019. Anadolu Agency organized the fifth Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition this year in Tokyo as well as the first one held abroad. (David Mareuil - Anadolu Agency)





Anadolu Agency on Tuesday launched an exhibition in the Japanese capital Tokyo which features the works of award-winning photojournalists who competed in the international Istanbul Photo Awards 2019.

The Yunus Emre Institute's building in Tokyo is hosting the Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition, this year's first overseas exhibition, sponsored by the Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

"It is proud and exciting for all of my colleagues to see that the competition has a greater impact every year around the world," said Mustafa Ozkaya, Anadolu Agency's deputy director general, referring to the beginning of submissions for the 2020 event.

In 2019, Ozkaya said, photographers from more than 100 countries -- including Syria, Mexico, France and Indonesia -- and including war, conflict 8

and disaster-hit regions, applied to contest with approximately 15,000 photographs.

Stating that he is pleased to open an exhibition in Tokyo, Ozkaya said that the last exhibition of 2019 will be held in New York in December.



Ozkaya thanked Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) for assuming the official sponsorship of the contest as well as Yunus Emre Institute for hosting it.

"There is a photograph that reflects the world, there is a photograph that depicts a relationship. Surely there are many languages of the photographs," said Hasan Murat Mercan, Turkish Ambassador to Japan.

Mentioning the deep-rooted ties between Turkey and Japan, Mercan said that economic and cultural exchange between the two countries is growing.

Among the attendees of the opening ceremony were Muhammet Salih Demirkan, Anadolu Agency's deputy chairman of the board; Ural Yesil, director of Human Resources and Administrative Affairs; Huseyin Tuna, director of Yunus Emre Institute Tokyo; and Hiroki Sugita, a representative of Kyodo news agency, Jiji Press Photo President Taisei Ogawa and Jiji Press Photo International Relations head Hirofumi Motoyama.

Tokyo will host the exhibition until the end of the year.

Visitors will be able to view the winning images of the annual international photography contest, organized by Anadolu Agency.

Entries in the contest depict political incidents, migration crisis, natural disasters and striking life stories worldwide.

AFP photojournalist Ahmad Gharabli's striking photo of a Palestinian woman and Israeli security officer taking photos of each other was chosen Photo of the Year 2019 in the Istanbul Photo Awards.

Anadolu Agency trains journalists to survive in crises
Turkish leading news agency offers 'comprehensive, highly qualified' war journalism training, says deputy director general

Berk Ozkan and Zuhal Demirci | 18.07.2019


Anadolu Agency's war journalism training aims to ensure that journalists can survive when they are required to dive into a crisis or a war territory, the agency's deputy director general said Thursday.

"The program has gained a local and international dimension. Comprehensive and highly qualified trainings are offered [to the participants],'' Metin Mutanoglu, who is also the editor-in-chief, said in an interview ahead of the 15th edition of the training program that will start on Monday.

Launched in 2012, this year's training will be held between July 22 and August 2 in the capital Ankara.

The training -- organized by the News Academy of Anadolu Agency -- hosts personnel from the Turkish Police Academy, the Disaster Management Agency (AFAD), the Turkish Armed Forces, and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

The 12-day program will host correspondents from 12 different countries with courses of journalism under pressure, personal security, the laws of war, first aid, advanced driving techniques, water survival techniques, chemical and biological attacks and media management in hostile environments.

Arabic as training language 1st time

Mutanoglu stressed that the Arab Spring, referring to the wave of popular uprisings that convulsed the Arab world in 2011, led to crises in the region where Turkey is also located.

He said: "There were conflicts, serious crises and chaos especially in Syria, Palestine, Iraq and many countries around, as well as Crimea.

"It is important for us that not only our own journalists but also journalists working in these regions can survive the dangers. Therefore, we offer this training opportunity to them."

Mutanoglu said the program will also include Arab correspondents. "They also work in these regions and they will be provided with the program. The training language will be Arabic for the first time."

War journalism program is a crisis management'

"We actually call the war journalism training program a crisis management training," Mutanoglu said. "Because there are wars in some regions and big crises in some places, as well as protests and street demonstrations.

"We pay the most attention to the survival of the correspondents, who enter these areas unarmed, only with their cameras, and that nothing happens to them."

Anadolu Agency provides the most inclusive and intensive on-site training, Mutanoglu said, adding: "We want the war journalism training program to be widespread all over the world. Turkey is an important region as there are many serious crises around."

Maintaining security, performing duty

Cihangir Isbilir, the head of Anadolu Agency's News Academy, said the training is provided both in theory and practice. 10

"We create scenarios for all the possible events that a journalist may experience in the region and train them," Isbilir said. "We try to ensure that journalists perform their duties with the highest efficiency by taking these trainings under the conditions almost the same with the actual ones."

Isbilir said most of the conflicts take place in the Middle East, and added: "Journalists here need to be well educated in order for news from these regions to flow correctly and for correspondence of photos and images correctly."



Two AFP exhibitions headlining Visa pour l'Image 2019
The 31st edition of the international photojournalism festival Visa pour l'Image takes place from august 31 to September 15, 2019 in Perpignan, with exhibitions of works by AFP photographers Guillermo Arias and Ed Jones at the Couvent des Minimes. (...)

The work of AFP photographers will also be presented during screenings at Campo Santo : the French Yellow Vests seen by Syrian photographers (see the post on the Correspondent blog), the fall of Baghouz covered by Blent Kili and Delil Souleimanand The Afghanistan by Farshad Usyan (winner of the first Shah Marai award).

For the 2nd consecutive year, Visa pour l'Image will also be exhibiting in Paris.

Sylvain Estibal, has been appointed as regional director for the Middle East and North Africa Mexico City bureau chief Sylvain Estibal has been appointed as regional director for the Middle East and North Africa and he took over the position on September 12th.
He replaced Christian Chaise whom was the regional director for almost 7 years.

Sylvain Estibal holds a degree in economics, a masters in sociology and post-graduate degree in international relations (specializing in the Arab world) from the Sorbonne in Paris. He began his career as an independent photographer during the war in Bosnia, before joining AFP's photo service in 1994. He became the head of the photos features desk in 2000, and then photo editor-in-chief for Latin American in 2007. In 2012 he was appointed photo editor-in-chief for Europe and Africa.

Sylvain Estibal was the first bureau chief to be appointed from the photo service and became the first regional director from our image services.

He began his career as a photo editor in Paris then held several management positions including regional photo director for Latin America and head of photo for Europe-Africa. 11

He has been Mexico City bureau chief since 2015, coordinating coverage of the deadly earthquake in 2017 that hit our office, and also strengthening security measures for our journalists in a very dangerous climate for the media.

As MENA regional director he will be responsible for developing a more image-driven editorial culture in line with the Agency's editorial strategy.

AFP represented on all fronts at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy awards for war correspondents 2019
The 26th edition of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy awards for war correspondents is being held from 7 to 13 october 2019. The work of AFP journalists in Venezuela, Afghanistan and Gaza will be presented. AFP's multimedia exhibition, Venezuela: Collapse without end, is a video and photo account of the Venezuelan crisis since Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro came to power. In parallel with this exhibition, the evening of Friday 11 October will be devoted to International Correspondents' coverage of "Venezuela between Civil War and Cold War". Sponsored by SCAM (French Civil Society of Multimedia Authors), this event will include presentations by a video journalist from AFP's Caracas bureau,Yorman Maldonado, and Mehdi Lebouachera, editor-in-chief of AFPTV.

AFP wins fourth Rory Peck video award
Luis Sequeira, an AFP video stringers from Nicaragua, wins the prestigious Rory Peck Award which each year recognises the best work by freelance photo and video journalists.

AFP's stringer was rewarded for his exceptional video coverage of the 2018-2019 Nicaraguan protests, featuring striking images of demonstrators' arrests and clashes with security forces. The protests, which erupted on April 18, 2018 in response to President Daniel Ortega's social security reforms, killed 325 people between opposition supporters and security forces and saw 60,000 inhabitants exiled.

This award represents another success for AFPTV coverage in Latin America, where AFP has developed a network of highly talented video journalists to showcase our coverage and bring the continent's news to the rest of the world, said Phil Chetwynd, AFP Global News Director.

This is the fourth Rory Peck Award won by an AFP stringer.



AMI - Mr. Mohamed Fall Oumeir Beye has been appointed new General Manager of Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) succeeding Mrs Khadijetou Sghair Saed. E-mail:




ANA/MPA - Journalist Eftychios Pallikaris to be the Athens-Macedonian News Agency's new president and general director

Dear all,

I am writing to inform you that Journalist Eftychios Pallikaris is to be the new President and General Director of the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), according to an announcement on Tuesday evening, based on a decision of Greek Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and government spokesperson Stelios Petsas.

Short Bio

Eytyhios Pallikaris was born in Athens on September 2, 1954 and started working as a journalist in 1980, after graduating from the Physics Department of the University of Patras. He became a member of the Athens journalists' union ESHEA in 1985. He speaks English and German.

He has worked in the print and electronic media and was foreign news chief editor at 'Mega' television and the 'Star' and 'Net' television channel news programmes. He has also been Editor-in-Chief and desk editor at the newspaper "Imerisia" and headed the press office of the Athens municipality radio station 'Athina 9.84'.

From 1995 and for six years he taught at a school of journalism.



ANSA - Italy's ANSA chooses AFP for global video, photo, text news

Italy's leading news agency, ANSA, signs an agreement to buy AFP's international news service in video, photo and text.

In a multi-year deal starting January 1, 2020, Italy's leading news agency ANSA has agreed to buy AFP's global video, photo and text news services for distribution in daily newspapers and digital media markets.

AFP chairman and chief executive Fabrice Fries welcomed the agreement, which renews relations with ANSA after a five-year hiatus.

"It is a sign that AFP now provides a world class video service, which includes 24-hour-a-day live feeds across the planet, and original, innovative content. One of AFP's great strengths is our unrivalled text coverage across Europe and the Mediterranean."



ANSA'S CEO Stefano De Alessandri said the agency was pleased to "renew this agreement with a major European news agency whose production is more in line with demand from the Italian and European markets. The news products offered by AFP also meet the requirements of our editorial staff. This will enhance our international product and benefit ANSA's 5,400 customers in Italy and abroad."

AFP and ANSA are already working together on European projects, including a data journalism website European Data News Hub (EDNH), which was launched in 2017. The EDNH website has become one of the most popular sites for European news headlines. It was created by a consortium of major European news agencies and gives both internet users and world media a trusted news source for the key issues facing the European Union.

ANSA and AFP are also looking at developing joint corporate projects.

About AFP:

AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world. AFP delivers the news in video, text, photos, multimedia and graphics to a wide range of customers including newspapers and magazines, radio and TV channels, web sites and portals, mobile operators, corporate clients as well as public institutions. For several years now, AFP has focused its editorial strategy on the development of visual journalism and especially, video production. AFP now has a high-quality video product providing 24/7 live broadcasting worldwide, offering original and innovative content, with a proportion of own-sourced content that is unparalleled among video news agencies.

About ANSA:

ANSA is the leading Italian news agency and one of the world's oldest wire services. The cooperative is made up of 26 publishers of the main Italian daily newspapers and has been collecting, publishing and distributing news stories, photos and in-depth analyses since 1945. Its 22 bureaus in Italy and 73 bureaus on five continents worldwide allow ANSA to be where the news is. Thanks to its collaboration with a network of 87 international agencies and partners, ANSA is able to cover current news events both at home and abroad and distribute its content worldwide.


New Director General

Mr. Fakhredine Beldi, was appointed Director General of the Algrie Presse Service (APS), succeeding Mr. Abdelhamid Kacha.

Before his appointment, Mr. Beldi held the post of the Director of Information at APS.


ATA-PAP cooperation agreement signed

TIRANA, Jan 24 /ATA/ - The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) and the Polish Press Agency (PAP) signed on Thursday a cooperation agreement on exchange of information between the two countries.

The agreement was signed in Warsaw by the ATA Director General Armela Krasniqi and the PAP Director General Wojciech Surmacz.

Both directors considered extremely important signing of this co-operation agreement, for the first time between the two agencies designed to exchange daily news.

The agreement provides for the news exchange between the two agencies, as well as videos and photos, which will offer opportunity to citizens of both countries to become more familiar with developments in several sectors such as, economy, tourism, culture, etc./

ATA-STA cooperation agreement on exchange of information signed

TIRANA, April 4 /ATA/ The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) and the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) signed Thursday a cooperation agreement on exchange of information between the two countries.

For the first time, a cooperation agreement on exchange of information was signed by the Director General of the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), Armela Krasniqi and General Manager of Slovenian Press Agency (STA), Bojan Veselinovic.

The signing of the co-operation agreement between the two agencies, as well as with a new EU member state as Slovenia, was considered very important, especially at a time when public opinion is being threatened by the fake news phenomenon.

ATA and STA are signatories to the "Tirana Declaration" to eradicate fake news.

ATA signs agreement with Romania's AGERPRES, boosts cooperation with news agencies of EU member states

TIRANA, Nov 24 /ATA/ Providing better information, establishing regular exchange of news content, photo and video materials on the developments in Albania and Romania is on the focus of the cooperation agreement signed on Saturday between the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) and the Romanian National News Agency (AGERPRESS).

The cooperation agreement was signed by ATA Director General Armela Krasniqi and the AGERPRESS Director Claudia Victoria Nicolae on the sidelines of the Association of the Balkan News Agencies Southeast Europe (ABNA-SEE) General Assembly that took place a day ago in Tirana.

The AGERPRESS delegation was represented by Alexandra Stefan, AGERPRESS public relations office, and Tofan Imola, the editor of the international news desk. 15

ATA and SPA sign cooperation MoU

TIRANA, December 9 /ATA/-General Director of ATA Armela Krasniqi signed a memorandum of understanding with President of the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein for cooperation and exchange of news between the two agencies.

The memorandum was signed during a meeting held at SPA headquarters in Riyadh between Al-Hussein and the Director General of the ATA.

Attending the event was SPA Vice President Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al-Awadh.

ATA hosts International conference Media & Tourism Ideas & Solutions' in Tirana

TIRANA, November 23/ATA/- The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) organized on November 23, 2019 in Tirana, the conference entitled "Media & Tourism, Ideas & Solutions" in the light of the General Assembly of the Association of Balkan Agencies Southeast Europe (ABNA-SEE) focusing on the role of the media in promoting tourism.

The conference aimed at providing new channels of cooperation on promoting tourism in the Balkan region.

In attendance at the conference were, the Albania Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship, Eduard Shalsi, Deputy Speaker of the Albanian Parliament, Vasilika Hysi, Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Director General Armela Krasniqi, as well as heads of different news agencies in the Balkans.

The Association of Balkan News Agencies Southeast Europe (ABNA-SEE), where the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) is a full member was established in 1995.

Regular Members of the Association are the following news agencies: AGERPRES (Bucharest), ANA-MPA (Athens), ANADOLU (Ankara), ATA (Tirana), BTA (Sofia), CNA (Nicosia), FENA (Sarajevo), HINA (Zagreb), MIA (Skopje), SRNA (Banja Luka),TANJUG (Belgrade), KosovaPress (Pristina) while the countries holding the observer status are Moldova, Slovenia, Armenia and Montenegro.


The visibility of's website has increased four-fold in the last three months

The visibility of, quantified by the presence of Google based searches has multiplied fourfold in the last three months, a growth that is due to the change of page design, cleaner and faster in loading, and the enrichment of texts thinking about the positioning of search engines. All these led to the surpassing, for the first time in the history of the web, of five million pages viewed in a month (June).



New Director had been appointed to NNA

Biography of National News Agency (NNA) Director Ziad Harfouche:

➢ Born on 23/8/1972 in Bkassine - Jezzine District.

➢ Holder of a degree in Journalism and News Agencies from the Faculty of Information and Documentation at the Lebanese University in Fanar in 1995.

➢ Holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journalistes et l'institut Francais de Presse- France.

➢ Baccalaureate II Philosophy- Collge des Frres Mont La Salle - Ain Saadeh- 1990.

➢ Assumed the post of Editorial Secretary and Specialist Journalist at the National News Agency of the Ministry of Information since the year 1995.

➢ Assumed the post of Editorial Secretary at Al Nahar's local political news section since 1999. Published investigative features and press articles in the same Newspaper since 1995.

➢ Assumed the post of Editorial Secretary at "Al Rai al Aam" Kuwaiti Newspaper - Beirut office in 1997-1998 and in "Al-Hiwar" weekly magazine in 2000.

➢ Supervised editing and translation in monthly and weekly social magazines and journals, and reviewed political publications, journalistic studies, and literary and religious books.

➢ Winner of the first prize in the Competition entitled "Our Dictation is our Language" organized by the Antonine University and presented by Media figure Bassam Barrak in 2015.

➢ Hosted and Presented "Zallat Qalam" Program on "Radio Lebanon" in 2017.



MAP - Press and diplomacy: French ambassador Visits MAP
MAP Director General Khalil Hachimi Idrissi met with Hlne Le Gal, France's new ambassador to Morocco, at a courtesy visit to MAP.

During this meeting, MAP's Director General highlighted the projects launched by the Agency over the past few years, in order to strengthen its presence at the national and international levels and to support the development projects initiated under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

The French diplomat's visit is part of the strengthening of press and communication cooperation between the French Embassy in Morocco and the Moroccan News Agency.

MAP Forum: Talha Jibril's Confessions
Journalist and writer Talha Jibril was a guest of MAP Forum held on the theme "Life and works of a correspondent in Morocco".
Speaking on this occasion, he said his career in Morocco allowed him to accumulate a considerable and enriching experience and to broaden his network of sources at various levels.

The meeting is part of a series of meetings held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of MAP. 17

Vice Minister of the State Council Information Office of China Visits MAP: MAP, Xinhua Strengthen their Cooperation
Director General of the Moroccan news agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, held in Rabat a working session with vice minister of the State Council Information Office of China (SCIO), Guo Weimin.

Talks focused on the means to develop partnerships between Moroccan and African news agencies and Chinese news agencies.

The Chinese official commended cooperation between MAP and the Chinese News Agency (Xinhua), which, he said, is a model to follow in this regard.

The Chinese official also underscored the importance of establishing partnerships between think tanks of the two countries, while insisting on the need to enhance mutual knowledge of the Moroccan and Chinese cultures among the two peoples.

In this regard, Hachimi Idrissi noted that MAP is willing to play this role in both directions, stressing that the agency's correspondent in China is instructed to shed light on the Moroccan and the Chinese cultures.

Regarding cooperation, he said that a new cooperation model should be set up, in accordance with the aspirations of Africans for a more balanced and respectful cooperation that takes into consideration African values and the specificities of the continent.

European News Exchange (ENEX): MAP Highlights in Lisbon its New Business Model
Director general of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, presented, in Lisbon, MAP's experience in developing a new business model to meet growing competition and technological change, by diversifying its products and prospecting new customers.

Speaking at the 26th session of the General Assembly of ENEX (European News Exchange), Hachimi pointed out that the advent of the Internet in the late 1990s and the emergence of social networks ten years later, by offering free information to users, including potential clients of news agencies, have had a deep impact on the information ecosystem. The print media, once the main client of news agencies, has experienced a rapid decline due to lower advertising revenues.

He called on news agencies to diversify their products by creating other value-added products, such as photography, video, audio and computer graphics. By launching its news channel MAPTV, MAP has become a 360-degree news agency, he stressed.

Russia-Africa Media Cooperation: Mutual respect
Russia and Africa can develop an inspiring new model of media cooperation based on mutual respect, efficient cooperation and shared cultural curiosity, said in Sochi Director General of Moroccan News Agency (MAP) Khalil Hachimi Idrissi.

Speaking at a conference held within the framework of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum, under the theme "Russian-African relations: the role of media", Hachimi Idrissi stressed that this new model of media cooperation is also based on principles of useful support and unifying professionalism 18

that can advance societies, drive growth, uphold freedoms, and face environment and ecological challenges of the planet.

For his part, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, noted that Russia is developing its cooperation on all aspects with Africa, as evidenced by the regular contacts of Russian diplomacy with all the African countries, marked by the search for mutual interests and a long-term partnership.

Russian media are cooperating with their African counterparts in terms of broadcasting content and recruiting journalists, he pointed out, adding that his country will help to establish contact with African media companies and to support the conclusion of agreements between them and their Russian counterparts.

MAP publishes photo album on 20 years of HM the King's reign
The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has published "Anniversary of the enthronement of HM King Mohammed VI: 20 years of reign", a book recounting in images the two decades of the Sovereign's reign marked by significant events and achievements at all levels and in all sectors.

It is a colourful album divided into 13 sections of selected images highlighting the work of HM the King in the achievement of many structural projects.

These sections, each introduced by texts, show a set of photographs testifying to the all-round development of the Kingdom under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI.

The Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies: Seminar on 'Women's Leadership'
"Women's Leadership: Needs and Strategies of African News Agencies" is the theme chosen for a training seminar, organized by the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA), at the headquarters of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) in Rabat.

Speaking on this occasion, FAAPA chairman Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, MAP director general, said that the training seminar is part of the implementation of FAAPA's strategy to invest in human capital, noting the event is exclusively dedicated to high-potential female staff, journalists and executives of African news agencies, in order to develop their soft skills and consolidate their knowledge in leadership.

Cape Verde: FAAPA holds its 7th Executive Board in Praia
The Executive Board of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA) held its 7th meeting on September 26th in Praia, Cape Verde, under the chairmanship of Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, chairman of FAAPA and director general of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP).

On this occasion, the members of the Executive Board examined and approved the final report of FAAPA's 4th general assembly, which will be submitted for final adoption to the upcoming general assembly.

The Executive Board also examined FAAPA's 2019-2020 action plan, which includes training and qualification of staff and the organization of a seminar 19

in Rabat from 14 to 18 October on the theme "Women Leadership: Needs and Strategies of African News Agencies".

The federation's action plan also provides for the consolidation of FAAPA's website. In this regard, the Board called on member agencies to contribute more to the enrichment of the website, which is currently publishing an average of 100 news stories per day.

In addition, the members of the Board discussed the participation of African news agencies in the forum that was organized by TASS news agency on the side-lines of the Russia-Africa summit, scheduled to take place on October 22-25, 2019 in Sochi.

Artificial Intelligence: MAP is getting up to date
The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has adopted a new digital roadmap that will integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the production processes of some of its content.

This digital roadmap was presented at a two-day seminar in Marrakech (October 2-3, 2019) attended by members of MAP Board of Directors, and organized in partnership with David Sallinen, a global expert in the transformation of media and social networks.

This seminar shed light on the main challenges of AI in the media field and the opportunities that this technology offers to increase the power of content production, in various formats, as well as the time needed by journalists to improve the quality of this content.

The projects that have been approved by the members of the Executive Board are intended to involve AI in the production of content and thus bring them into line with the latest practices in the international media, much of whose content is based on software ordered by the AI.

The use of AI responds to the need to allocate available human resources to more complex tasks that only the human brain is able to perform.

International poles: A strong presence at the international level
As part of consolidating its strategic vision to become a leading international news agency, MAP is pursuing its development policy.
In May and July, the agency launched calls for applications for geographical mobility to strengthen its international poles, particularly in Africa.
New correspondents have been appointed in Amsterdam, Brussels, Brasilia, Las Palmas, Paris, Amman, New Delhi, Johannesburg, Djibouti, Kinshasa and Shanghai.

The Moroccan News Agency has also decided to strengthen its presence in Tanzania, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mozambique and Ouagadougou. 20

Recruitment: A rich and diversified policy
In the framework of the implementation of its MAP21 strategic project and in accordance with its development strategy, the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) is working to diversify its human capital by organizing recruitment examinations for graduates of Moroccan schools and public institutions.

These recruitments are aimed at enriching the various departments of the Agency in order to ensure the success of MAP projects and meet the challenges of the digital era.

The Agency's recruitment record amounts to 41 competitions launched since January 2019.

At the end of these competitions, 33 candidates were selected and recruited.

The Agency's HR strategy aims to strengthen the role of its human capital as a lever for excellence and back the emergence of new audio-visual professions, while strengthening the activities of the traditional professions.

MAP Media: MAP gets a Media Department
MAP's organization chart has recently included a "Media Department". This new structure is led by a Media Director whose mission is to oversee the production of high-definition video and audio content covering national news and exclusive feature stories on timeless societal topics and to broadcast them.

The Media Director is in charge of MAP's programme grid (TV/Radio) according to the guidelines of the Directorate-General as well as to ensure the availability of video and audio productions 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The Media Director has also to propose innovative ideas and concepts, define annual objectives and evaluate the team's performance.

The Media Department is made up of three divisions: the MAP TV Division, the MAP Audio Division and the Archive and Animation Division.

Prize of Academic Excellence: Children of MAP staff go on a language stay in London
Nine children of the staff of Morocco's News Agency (MAP) paid on 3-13 August a visit to London as part of a language stay, after winning the Prize of Academic Excellence, established by MAP Foundation.
During their stay, the students benefited from 10 hours of intensive English courses and took part in several cultural and sport activities.

The stay was also an occasion for prize-winners to discover the monuments and historical sites of the British capital. 21

MAP editions: MAP publishes its 2019 Album
The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has published "2019 MAP Album, Pictures of Morocco", a beautiful book that relates through images a year of milestones and achievements in all sectors.
This colourful album sheds light on a year marked by the developments on several international and national issues through a selection of images taken by MAP's photographers.

These pictures reflect the landmark development witnessed by the Kingdom under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI.

Through pictures carefully selected, the book retraces the exceptional commitment and the various activities of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

It also immortalizes the numerous visits paid and the projects launched by the Sovereign, throughout the year, both in Morocco and abroad.

MAP Holds Annual Seminar of its International Poles
The annual seminar of the international poles of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) took part on July 18, 2019, in Sal, under the chairmanship of the agency's director general, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi.

This seminar was held with a view to putting into perspective MAP's new organization as a completely decentralized institution, through its thirteen international and twelve regional poles.

Speaking at the opening session, Hachimi Idrissi said that this decentralization was made possible thanks to the digital tools used by the agency's journalists, which allow them to publish their news stories from any place in the world.

Inauguration of New MAP-Casablanca Headquarters
The new headquarters of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) in Casablanca was inaugurated on July 18, 2019, at the Marina, in the presence of several personalities from the cultural, media, artistic and economic worlds.

Located on a surface area of 600m, this facility includes three entities, namely the Casablanca-Settat regional pole, the "Economy and Finance" editorial office and MAP Digitale, in view of Casablanca's strategic importance and the intensity of its economic, cultural and social activities.

The opening ceremony of this new headquarters was marked by the presence of the Wali of the Casablanca-Settat region, governor of the Casablanca prefecture, Said Ahmidouch, and the governor of the Casablanca-Anfa district prefecture, Rachid Afirat.

Speaking on this occasion, MAP director general Khalil Hachimi Idrissi said that journalists working in these new headquarters will be able to publish their own news stories, which makes of MAP a near-autonomous agency that fulfils all its responsibilities in the public service. 22

MAP Foundation: Children of MAP staff go on a summer camp
Several children of MAP staff benefited on 1-11 July of a summer camp in the city of Marrakech, held on the theme "Summer Camps, a space for communication and friendship".

This summer camp was run by 12 professionals in educational activity, under the supervision of a highly-qualified staff of MAP Foundation.

A total of 48 children aged between 7 and 14 -36 boys and 12 girls- benefited from this summer camp, where they took part in several activities.

MAP Forum: Inter-ministerial Delegate for Human Rights Presents Report on 'Al Hoceima Events' The inter-ministerial Delegate for human rights (DIDH), Ahmed Chaouqui Benyoub, presented, on July 4, 2019, in Rabat, his report on the "Al-Hoceima events and the protection of human rights".

The report unveiled at Morocco's News Agency (MAP) Forum is divided into six chapters, notably significant facts, the Casablanca trial, guarantees of a fair trial, the actions and efforts of the authorities and constitutional institutions, communication meetings and initiatives of civilian actors, as well as conclusions on the context, demonstrations, memory and space and finally recommendations.

Emphasis is placed on the genesis and evolution of events, the demands of activists, the emergence of tensions during rallies with the consequent breach of public order, and the way in which the political class has followed the events whether in Parliament or at the level of the Court of auditors, as well as the role of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH).

MAP, Cyprus News Agency Join Forces
The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and Cyprus News Agency (CNA) signed on June 19, 2019, in Nicosia, an agreement to strengthen cooperation and professional relations between the two parties.

Initialled by MAP director general Khalil Hachimi Idrissi and CNA director George Penintaex, the agreement provides for the exchange of news in Arabic and English, photos and videos produced by the two agencies.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two agencies give preference, with regard to events taking place in Morocco or Cyprus respectively, to news provided by either party.

MAP and Cyprus News Agency agree to provide the necessary assistance and support, as far as possible, to their envoys and correspondents to Morocco and Cyprus to carry out their missions.

In addition, the two parties agree to exchange visits and experts in journalistic, technical and executive fields.

The Cyprus News Agency was officially established on 16 February 1976 on the initiative of director general of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), Andreas Christofides. 23

Continuous Training: A series of Sessions in June
During the month of June, Moroccan news agency MAP organized a series of training sessions covering the different technical and managerial aspects and benefiting several categories of its staff.

This training program is part of the initiation of young recruits to the running, orientations, structuring and capacity-building of future leaders of the Agency.

Organized within the framework of cooperation with public and private organizations, these training sessions testify to the commitment of MAP to a policy of human capital development in accordance with its values namely mobilization, innovation, ethics and professionalism, openness and service for the public.

MAP and ARM Sign Cooperation Agreement
Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco signed, on June 11 in Rabat, an agreement aiming at ensuring media support for all the projects and achievements of the Academy.

Initialled by MAP Director General Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and permanent secretary of the Academy Abdeljalil Lahjomri, this agreement aims at offering the Academy several services provided by MAP in order to ensure media support and highlight its projects, achievements and activities.

Under this agreement, MAP undertakes to provide the Academy, called "subscriber", with a subscription to coverage service "MAP SERVICE", mainly the setting up of a mobile stand for the subscriber, at the headquarters of the Academy which will be used for interviews.

World Congress of News Agencies: MAP participates in Sofia in 6th edition
Director General of Moroccan News Agency (MAP) Khalil Hachimi Idrissi took part in the 6th World Congress of News Agencies in Sofia on June 13.
Khalil Hachimi Idrissi pointed out, in a statement on the side-lines of the event, that MAP wishes through its participation in the World Congress of News Agencies, to play a leadership role, shown by the very privileged relations that MAP has with the Executive Board of this Congress, and mirrored in the exploration and review of means and ways for international cooperation between MAP and the News Agencies participating in the Congress.

"We are keen to host the seventh World Congress of News Agencies in Morocco in 2022 and we are confident that the Executive Bureau's response will be positive," said Hachimi.

Digital: Launch of BAB website
Moroccan News Agency (MAP) launched late May the website "", which is the digital version of its paper magazine "BAB" launched last July. With ergonomics and easy to access content (articles and photos), "" offers no less than 250 articles, in the form of special reports, analyses, coverage, interviews and news, which means all the 24

production already published in the first twelve paper issues of BAB magazine.

The website provides free access to all magazine journalistic production, in addition to previous BAB publications in PDF format.



EANA has new Board members
27 news agencies took part in the EANA General Assembly which elected the two new EANA Board members. Ms Armela Krasniqi (ATA, Albania) and Mr Clive Marshall (PA Group, UK) were both elected for 3 years as members of the Board. Therefore, the EANA GA acknowledged that the EANA Board is from now on comprised of Mr Peter Kropsch (President, CEO of dpa, Germany), Ms Armela Krasniqi (ATA, Albania), Mr Clive Marshall (PA Group, UK), Mr Jiri Majstr (CTK, The Czech Republic) and Mr Alexandru Giboi (Secretary General).

The first EANA Training for journalists took place during the EANA Conference in Prague
A group of young journalists from member agencies of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) took part in a three-day training course provided by the ČTK Academy. The training concentrated on how to use the most basic equipment for multimedia work. The training helped journalists from Cyprus, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia, Ukraine and Slovakia to improve their skills. The lecturers were AFP correspondent in Prague Jan Flemr of holder of one of the World Press Photo awards, CTK photojournalist Roman Vondrou.

We spent three great days with young and eager colleagues. The worked in the newsroom and outside, they wrote stories, took photographs and shot videos. We could see that they enjoyed it and we enjoyed it very much, too. It was not just one-sided experience. It enriched us very much, for example just by their view of journalistic work, "says Jiř Chrst, director of the ČTK Academy, who shared with young colleagues the basics of newsgathering.

Foreign journalists especially appreciated the fact that the course tightly blended theory with practice. Everything the trainers were talking about was immediately tried. "It was a great opportunity to exchange experiences and understand how the various agencies work," said Ukrainian journalist Yuliia Ovsiannikova, who, as a photographer, welcomed the opportunity to improve her writing skills.

Kyriaki Christodoulou, a CNA journalist, praised the professional work of lecturers. "Our texts were rated by professionals with years of experience, that was a real honour," she said. "I liked that we could exchange views on how we work in our countries, how politicians and politicians try to interfere, because we are all news agencies."




AMAN condemns attack of AA Gaza Office

The Mediterranean Alliance of News Agencies (AMAN) has been notified by its member agency Anadolu (AA) of Turkey that its office in Gaza had been damaged during an Israeli air attack.

No injuries or death were reported while the building was totally collapsed, Anadolu reported.

AMAN condemns the attack on AA Gaza Office, stressing that the security of media people is of paramount importance for the freedom of speech and democratic values.

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Israeli warplanes hit the building in Gaza today where Anadolu Agency's office is also located.

Israeli warplanes hit the building with at least 5 rockets after warning shots,

Anadolu Agency's correspondent in Jerusalem reported.

No injuries or death were reported while the building is totally collapsed.

We strongly condemn Israel's attack to Anadolu Agency Gaza Office. We call on national and international press organizations to react and take action regarding this violation of both human rights and press freedom.


Chairman of the Board

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Anadolu Agency's office hit by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip

Turkish, Palestinian officials strongly condemn attack launched

by Israeli forces

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Israeli warplanes hit the building on Saturday where Anadolu Agency's office is located.

Israeli warplanes hit the building with at least 5 rockets after warning shots, Anadolu Agency's correspondent in Jerusalem reported. 6

No injuries or death were reported.

Turkish and Palestinian officials strongly condemned.

"Targeting of @AnadoluAgency #Gaza office is new example of Israel's unrestrained aggression," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter and added: "#Israeli violence against innocent people w/out distinction is a crime against humanity. Those who encourage Israel are also guilty.

"Will keep defending #Palestinian cause, even if alone."

"We strongly condemn Israeli attack on Anadolu Agency office in Gaza that intends to cover up its new crimes," Turkey's Presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin said on twitter.

"We condemn Israel in the strongest possible terms for targeting a building in the West Bank, in which the @anadoluagency office was located," Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also said on Twitter.

"We urge all governments that claim to defend press freedom, including @USEmbassyTurkey, to join us in condemning the Israeli government," Altun added.

"Israel's hitting Anadolu Agency's office [in Gaza] is an attempt to get rid of the witnesses, a preparation of massacres in Gaza," Palestinian government said in a statement.

Turkish Technology and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank gave a phone call to Anadolu Agency's Director General Senol Kazanci and wished for quick recovery.

The strikes occurred following reports that two Israeli soldiers had been injured by gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone on Friday.

At least two Palestinians were killed when Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in the blockaded Gaza Strip. 7




AFP appoints photo journalist to top Mena

Agence France-Presse has appointed Sylvain Estibal to the post of regional director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This is the first time a journalist from the image side has been chosen to head one of the Agency's seven regions.

A former photo director for Latin America and then Europe-Africa, Sylvain Estibal is currently Mexico bureau chief. In this role, he coordinated coverage of the 2017 earthquake. He will bring to his job as MENA regional director his experience in management, quality multimedia journalism and also in security issues, having handled situations in Mexico where journalists are constantly threatened.

In addition to his editorial and management missions, he will have as a priority "developing image-driven sales", said AFP Chairman Fabrice Fries.

AFP's Global News Director Phil Chetwynd called this appointment another illustration of "the exemplary transversal nature of journalism at the Agency, where the culture of developing image production enables us to mobilise talent from all our editorial departments to serve our news mission."

In Asia, video journalist Stphane Delfour is thus to become Bangkok bureau chief after having been in charge of AFP's video production in the United States and then in France.

-Sylvain Estibal: Bachelor's degree in Economics, Master's degree in Sociology and Masters in International Relations (specialised in the Arab World) from Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 5). He began his career as a freelance photographer during the war in Bosnia and joined AFP's photo service in 1994. He became head of the Features Desk in 2000, then head of photo for Latin America in 2007 and head of photo for Europe-Africa in 2012. He has held the post of Mexico bureau chief since 2015.

- Stphane Delfour: Head of AFP TV France (2014-2019), launched the AFP video operation in the Americas in 2008 based in Washington, D.C, and developed AFP-services in Brussels (2010-2014). With a Bachelor in Communications from Sorbonne CELSA (1994), a Master's degree in journalism from IPJ Paris-Dauphine (1997), he recently attained an Executive Master in Management of Digital Media from Sciences Po, focusing his thesis on AFP's evolving business model.


AFP's online interactive agenda goes live

AFP is launching an online agenda. On a single platform, AFP Agenda lists news events from around the world and informs clients how AFP journalists plan to cover them. Designed for mobile and desktop access, AFP Agenda is easy to use, rich in content and interactive. It is also a gateway to AFP production.


AFP Agenda displays events selected by journalists across our global network. It contains practical information about listed events: dates, times, address and contact information, as well as context and background. Users can share event information by email and add events to their calendars.

AFP Agenda users can customise the agenda to their needs, searching the platform by keyword, location, news category or plans for coverage and saving a tailor-made version of the agenda that will be updated in real time. Users can create as many customised agendas as they wish.

AFP Agenda provides a direct gateway to all AFP text, photo, video and graphic production available on AFP Forum, the Agency's multimedia download platform.

"AFP Agenda is the fruit of numerous exchanges with our clients. It was developed in response to requests for mobile access to our agendas, and to enable clients to create their own agendas," AFP global news director Phil Chetwynd said. "Managed by AFP journalists for our clients, this new tool meets the same editorial standards as all other AFP products."

AFP Agenda is currently available in English and French in beta, with access open to all media clients. Spanish and German versions will become available in the coming months.

Visit AFP Agenda on


ANA-MPA a member of Belt & Road Economic Info Partnership set up in Beijing

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Thirty institutions around the world including Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) established the Belt and Road Economic Information Partnership (BREIP) in Beijing on Thursday, at a meeting following the initiative of Xinhua News Agency.

BREIP's founding members include well-known news agencies, information service providers, research institutions, chambers of commerce and associations from more than 20 countries and regions in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Oceania, Xinhua reported.

The BREIP is aimed at providing convenient and practical economic information service for the governments and enterprises of countries participating in the Belt and Road construction through sharing economic information among members. The aim is to promote mutual benefits in a win-win situation for all participants, said Cai Mingzhao, president of Xinhua News Agency, when addressing the inaugural meeting of the BREIP.

"The exchange and sharing of information is an important foundation of connectivity, which is vital to advancing the Belt and Road cooperation," said Cai.

The establishment of the BREIP lays a solid foundation for the Belt and Road economic information cooperation, and Xinhua News Agency, as an initiator, will actively fulfill its responsibilities and make contributions to the building of the partnership, he added.

In the Greek market, co-founder ANA aims to support mainly Greek companies to promote their activities in Chinese market, as ANA-MPA President & Director General Michalis Psilos said at the conference. "Our aim is to help Greek companies to present their products on this international platform, operated by Xinhua, helping Greek products become well known in a huge market such China's market is," Psilos said.

Alfred Schipke, IMF Senior Resident Representative for China, told the meeting that with the increasing of Belt and Road partners, the demand for economic information is also increasing, making it pressing to establish an international economic information exchange and cooperation mechanism. The sharing of economic information under the BREIP will promote economic development, cooperation and the Belt and Road construction, Schipke added.

ANA MPA will also participate in the online platform - named BRInfo - for sharing information and conducting cooperation among BREIP members which is also launched at the meeting. BREIP member institutions can share information and research results concerning the investment, trade, industry, projects and enterprises related to the Belt and Road initiative, through the BRInfo platform, in real time and free of charge. 10


CNA and MAP sign cooperation agreement

The news agencies of Cyprus (CNA) and Morocco (MAP) have signed a cooperation agreement providing, inter alia, for exchange of news in English and Arabic, photographs and videos.

The agreement was signed in Nicosia by CNA Director George Penintaex and MAP Director General Khalil Hachimi Idrissi.

The two heads praised the signing of the agreement, on non-commercial basis, saying this would benefit not only the two agencies but also the two countries.

The agreement also provides for assistance and support to their envoys and correspondents to Morocco and Cyprus. The two agencies agreed to respond to each other's requests concerning additional services if requested.

CNA and MAP have very close cooperation within the framework of the Mediterranean Alliance of News Agencies (AMAN).



SARAJEVO (FENA) - Federal News Agency (FENA) continues developing new projects within which it launched two specialized news portals to expand the media offer and make its content more visible.

News portal FENA.BIZ ( offers abundance of news and content from area of economy in local languages, whereas FENA.NEWS ( is a complete source of daily news from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region in English language.

FENA expects FENA.BIZ to be particularly interesting and useful to business people and all those involved in economic activities, including the non-governmental sector, employers' associations, chambers of economy and associated organizations in BiH and the region. Portal will also offer news related to legal regulative significant for all business entities but also the citizens.

On the other hand, FENA.NEWS enables all those who speak English but not necessarily official languages in BiH to have access to political, economic and social events in BiH. Aim of the portal is to improve investment, tourist and every other promotion of the state of BiH and its potential. Thanks to cooperation with partner agencies, FENA's news are already available worldwide and their visibility will be even greater via FENA.NEWS. We consider this another step in expanding FENA's services in the international market.

Federal News Agency FENA was one of the media partners of this-year's Annual Conference of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which was organized in Sarajevo by Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH in cooperation with EBRD on May 7-9. 11

"Sarajevo not only offers diverse and multicultural environment but also strong connections for trade and business activities with the rest of Europe," said Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Chakrabarti.

Sarajevo hosted EBRD annual meeting and business forum 2019, which gathered more than 3000 participants.

During three days of the meeting Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted more than 3000 representatives of the international business community, investors, high government officials and representatives of civil society organizations.

The event focused on ways to connect economies for strong growth and impact, both in the Western Balkans and beyond.

In accordance with its commitments as a media partner, during the conference FENA published 128 articles (with 98 photo illustrations) in official languages in BiH, 35 articles in English language, 132 photos and 10 videos. During the conference alone over 500 media outlets took over FENA's articles, which once again confirms FENA as the leading agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.



MAP Board Approves 2019 Action Plan, Budget

The Board of Directors of Morocco's news agency MAP, convened on Monday under the chairmanship of culture and communication minister Mohamed Laaraj, approved the action plan and the budget for the year 2019.
During this meeting, attended by Secretary of state for foreign affairs Mounia Boucetta and MAP managing director Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, the Board approved the activity and financial reports and the account results for the same year.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Laaraj said this meeting follows the issuing of law n 02.15 on MAP reorganization and related to provisions that would foster the legal system governing the prerogatives of the agency as a national media outlet and broaden its field of action to boost its competitiveness continentally and internationally.

This law brings new powers to turn the agency from a provider of unique product "dispatch" to a body in line with the working methods of modern international news agencies using developed management means based on product diversification and modernization, he said, noting the publishing of the decree implementing this law, mainly concerning the administration's representation within the Agency's board.

In a presentation on the occasion, MAP secretary general Rachid Boumhil surveyed the agency's accomplishments, since the previous board of directors, which concern new products as "Nouvelles du Maroc" and "Maroc Factuel", in addition to services as "SOS Fake News" and MAP's presence on social networks. 12

Recalling the paramount importance of audiovisual products in the Agency's new profession charter and the portals' upward performance, he highlighted the diversity in the content of MAP products which have direct relevance to clients.

He also outlined the 2019 action plan which involves the setting up of governance mechanisms as the Editorial Council, the Joint Management Council, the Strategy and Technology Watch Committee and MAP Ombudsman.

MAP, Eastern Region Sign Agreement to Highlight Local Projects and Achievements

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and the Eastern Region signed, on Tuesday in Oujda, an agreement to develop regional information and highlight local projects and achievements.

Under this agreement, inked by MAP director general, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and chairman of the Region's Council, Abdenbi Bioui, the two parties undertake to pool their efforts to promote the region's potential.

It allows the Eastern region to benefit from MAP's expertise in media coverage and to showcase its projects, achievements and activities.

Speaking on this occasion, MAP secretary general Rachid Boumhil said that this is a type of agreement that MAP is developing with all the regions of the Kingdom.

Through this agreement, he added, MAP makes its resources available to the region to cover a number of events, to produce text editions, magazines, periodicals or even photo albums, all for the benefit of the region's citizens and cultural and economic activity.

MAP Joins ENEX Network for Large Media Coverage

Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and the European News Exchange (ENEX), an association bringing together the world's leading television broadcasters, signed an agreement, on Tuesday in Rabat, aimed at ensuring the continuous dissemination of Moroccan news internationally.

Signed by MAP Director General Khalil Hachimi Idrissi and ENEX director of operations in the MENA zone Hamza El Attar, this agreement is meant notably to ensure an effective large media coverage internationally, increase MAP's visibility and follow the world's news in real time, in addition to strengthening cooperation relations among ENEX members sharing their content and sources of information.

This agreement covers the exchange of editorial, logistical and planning information, as well as satellite and on-line information.

Speaking on this occasion, Hachimi Idrissi welcomed this agreement with ENEX, a world-leading platform for credible and reliable information exchange and transfer around the world.

This agreement will facilitate access to international news in record time and spread national news via ENEX which has 75 members, he said, noting that 13

this agreement confirms once again the openness of MAP on its international environment.

El Attar emphasized that the strength of ENEX comes from its members who provide, instantly, quality products, noting that the main task of ENEX is the verification of any information and the quality of any type of production.

ENEX is honored to conclude this agreement with MAP, a leading agency on the African and Arab scene, he said.



TAP Mediterranean seminar on use of video in news agencies

17/06/2019 15:38, TUNIS/Tunisia


(TAP) - A professional symposium on the use of video at news agencies is held on June 17 and 18 in Tunis, at the initiative of the Tunis-Afrique-Presse (TAP) news agency, in co-operation the with the La Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) foundation and the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).

Several experts, officials and journalists representing the various Mediterranean news agencies are participating in this meeting.

They stressed the importance of audiovisual content in the journalistic product of news agencies, especially in the face of media development and the proliferation of information on social networks.

TAP CEO Rachid Khechana stressed, at the opening of the meeting, the Agency's concern during the next stage to include audiovisual content in the texts and news produced.

TAP plans to create a new journalistic production unit specialising in the insertion of videos, he said.

Speaking about the Algerian experience, Mohamed Rahmouni, head of the multimedia department of the Algerian News Agency (APS), stressed the importance of investing in human resources (journalists and technicians) to guarantee an optimal quality product that respects professional standards and can compete with those of other media.

The seminar brings together participants from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Turkey, France, Greece, Spain and Albania

Seminar on uses of video in news agencies recommends mainstreaming mobile journalism and various multimedia

18/06/2019 22:22, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The seminar on "Uses of Video at News Agencies: Comparative Mediterranean Approaches," organised on June 17 and 18 in Tunis by Tunis-Afrique-Presse (TAP) news agency, in association with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), recommended at the end of its work to promote the use of mobile journalism in newsrooms because of its important role in diversifying content and increasing production.

It also recommended giving due importance to videos for their important role in redesigning press work in news agencies and diversifying their media and news products.

The recommendations of the seminar also call for the diversification of technologies used besides mobile phones, cameras and editing technologies to produce digital content of high quality and value.

Emphasis was placed on the need to support training and rehabilitation efforts aimed at improving the skills of agency journalists and to provide them with the needed skills to use modern media and their techniques as part of a strategy aimed at investing in human resources and adapting them to the challenges of the interactive digital landscape.

Participants also recommended adjusting the marketing plan for the new video service after determining the appropriate business model.

They therefore stressed the need of studying the smartphone user base in accordance with the characteristics of each country's community mode and the human and material opportunities available to each agency, while working to create the different forms of video production.

Secretary-General of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) George Penintaex called for the need to develop a programme of co-operation and exchange of experiences between AFP and TAP news agencies, while

seeking to invest in young talents capable of creativity and innovation in content industry.

During the seminar, the experiences of the various Mediterranean news agencies in the use of videos and various working methods were reviewed.

Representatives of the participating agencies emphasised the need to mainstream video production and create an audiovisual production unit as an added value of the work in news agencies and due to its role in strengthening the role of news agencies in their environment as a major source of professional news shifting from traditional journalism to multimedia journalism offering diversified products.

The seminar, which was opened Monday by CEO of TAP Agency Rachid Khechana, the Secretary-General of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies and Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Holger Dix, is part of TAP's preparations for launching a video production unit in the coming weeks, a project funded by the European Union under the Media Support Programme in Tunisia.


TAP seminar on uses of videos in news agencies closes

18/06/2019 21:05, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Tunis-Afrique-Presse (TAP) news agency held on June 18 and 19 a professional seminar on "Video Uses at News Agencies: Comparative Mediterranean Approaches," in association with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).

The seminar, which was attended by more than 30 journalists from several Arab and Mediterranean countries, is part of TAP's concern to learn more about comparative experiences in the production of videos and audiovisual contents and to expand professional consultation before launching this new service in future TAP products.

During the two-day meeting presided over by TAP CEO Rachid Khachana, participants discussed topics related mainly to the production of video content, the video editing process and the selection of audio clips in

connection with the editorial line and the professional and commercial contribution this kind of product may provide to the news agency.

Rami Samara, head of the multimedia department at the Palestinian news agency, gave a presentation on "the importance of video production in the news agency", while Mohamed Rahmouni, assistant editor-in-chief of the audiovisual department in APS spoke about: "Investing in human resources: When Technology is not solely a technical issue".

For her part, Nadia Abram, editor-in-chief of the audiovisual department at the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) focused on the experience of her agency in video content production, saying "MAP provides preferential services to its customers and partners."

Tuesday's speeches by Csar Akl, head of the audiovisual division at the Lebanese news agency and Ignacio Martin, a journalist from EFE news agency, and George Kouvaras, a journalist with the audiovisual section of the Greek news agency tackled the issue of video production from a press and technical perspective.

The discussion focused particularly on a central issue: which complementarity between writing and video?

For his part, Yilmaz Yaman, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Turkish Anadolu news agency highlighted the marketing and promotional aspects of video productions, while Sherif Al-Toukhi, a video journalist at Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA), gave a presentation titled "Video journalism and its impact on social media sites."

Rachid Khechana, Chief Executive Officer of TAP news agency, George Penintaex, Secretary General of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) and Holger Dix, resident representative of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Tunisia had stressed at the opening session of the seminar the importance of this meeting in sharing experiences in the production of video contents between news agencies from the technical and editorial viewpoints.

They emphasised the need to the make the most of successful approaches in the two shores of the Mediterranean, especially the North Mediterranean likely to strengthen exchange and co-operation between them in a vital and important area which is the production and industry of digital content.



Use of video at News Agencies: Comparative Mediterranean approaches
17-18 June 2019  - Tunis

Address by AMAN Secretary General Mr. George Penintaex

Dear Colleagues,

I am very happy to be here with you, coming directly from Sofia, where the sixth News Agencies World Congress took place, discussing The Future of News. Tonight, I have to go back to Cyprus, where the Executive Committee of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies will meet on Wednesday.

AMAN responded positively to TAP's proposal for hosting a professional seminar on the Use of video at news agencies: Comparative Mediterranean Approaches.

Ten AMAN member-agencies participate in the seminar: AFP, EFE, AA and ANA/MPA from the northern shore of the Mediterranean and MAP, APS, MENA, WAFA, NNA, SANA from the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. ATA Director General had to cancel the last minute her trip to Tunis because of the political situation in Albania.

The participation of more than half of the AMAN member-agencies is interpreted as a good-will move of solidarity with the Tunisian National News Agency, which wants to establish its own audiovisual studio that will allow to develop video production and integrate it into its main services.

This is the main reason for founding AMAN, back in 1991, in this town. To bring together and sit around the same table as equal partners all national news agencies of the Mediterranean, from the northern and southern shores.

The Mediterranean Sea is the artificial border between the north and the south, the south and the north. But at the same time, the Mediterranean waters unite a mosaic of civilizations, cultures, languages and religions.

Over the years, the member-agencies have developed through the Alliance a very productive dialogue with an aim to find ways and means of cooperation and narrowing the gap between the advanced and less advanced news agencies, between the rich and the poor news agencies.

As professionals, we discuss needs and challenges facing the news agencies in today's world. We discuss changes that we need to launch in order to adjust our profession and work in the fast-moving technology. We try to find ways and means to cope with the new antagonists, on-line newspapers, blocs, the social media. Do they constitute a threat or can we turn them into an ally? What about fake news? How we respond?

All the above concern the news agencies that are forced to be flexible and are urged to respond quickly.

My efforts as Secretary General, with the longest experience in this Alliance, and believing in the spirt of cooperation, support and solidarity, aim always at building bridges among the member-agencies. Within this context we are here today.

I would like to congratulate the TAP CEO, Mr. Rachid Khechana, the Director of External Relations of TAP, Dr. Chaouki Aloui, who have worked hard for this seminar, and the TAP staff for the excellent organization of the two-day professional seminar and for the warm hospitality extended to all of us.

AMAN also thanks the other partner of the seminar, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, for its valuable contribution, in bringing together the heads of video departments of the main news agencies in the Mediterranean. 18

I am sure, the knowledge and the wide experience of the speakers, over the two days of business, will help TAP to launch its own video service.

The speakers are expected to touch all sides of audiovisual production, notably:

  • Administration
  • Human resources
  • Training
  • Formats of video production
  • Business model
  • Marketing

I wish every success in your deliberations.


Tunisian Federation of Newspaper Directors denounces "dramatic" situation of print media

04/05/2019 12:21, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Tunisian Federation of Newspaper Directors (FTDJ) on Saturday considered it "dramatic" the situation of the Tunisian print media, blaming the government for the non-implementation of the conventions aimed at preserving the sustainability of the sector.

In a statement published on the World Press Freedom Day on May 3 of each year, the federation pointed out that a number of newspapers have ceased to appear, specifying that two media have been forced to dismiss dozens of employees in the face of the difficulties encountered since 2011.

"No solution has been found to this crisis," denounced the Federation, calling for the establishment of a mechanism for the organisation and distribution of public advertising.

It estimated that the distribution of advertising is a problem that still hinders the development of the sector since public sector advertisers cannot access these newspapers directly.

In this statement, the federation also calls for financing the fund dedicated to the print media and to think about ways to boost the sale of newspapers.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019




ANADOLU agency's call for reaction regarding the deportation risk of its photojournalist from Jerusalem

Anadolu Agency Photo Journalist Mr. Mustafa Kharouf was arrested on 22nd January 2019 and faces a risk of deportation from Jerusalem to Jordan after his application for family unification was rejected regarding the data that have not been made public.

Mr. Mustafa Kharouf has been living in Jerusalem for over 20 years and has a Palestinian mother, a Palestinian wife, and children. We have doubts that his deportation is mainly related to the Israeli government's discomfort of his journalistic activities.

This concern was also officially issued to Minister of Public Security by Anadolu Agency, Minister of Interior by the International Press Institute (IPI) and to Government Press Office by International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). We are deeply concerned about the well being of our Photo Journalist Mr. Mustafa Kharouf who is under custody and such violation of freedom of the press by Israeli authorities.

Regarding human rights, rights of press freedom and freedom of expression we urge Israel to review Mr. Mustafa Kharouf's case and let him unite with his family by giving his residence permit in a situation which is already being followed by international media institutions. 3

We call on national and international press organizations to react and take action regarding this violation of both human rights and press freedom.

Anadolu Agency signs cooperation protocol with D8

Anadolu Agency, Turkey's premier news outlet, on Monday signed a protocol of corporate cooperation with the Developing-8 (D8) Organization for Economic Cooperation. The protocol was inked by Mustafa Ozkaya, Anadolu Agency's deputy director-general, and Dato' Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, the D8 secretary general, at the agency's Istanbul offices. Under the protocol, Anadolu Agency, as a global communication partner of the D8, will cover the activities of the organization and translate them into all the languages that the agency posts news in. It will also contribute to promoting the bloc by covering the joint work of D8 member states more actively.

Anadolu Agency formally inaugurates Islamabad office

Office in Pakistan adds to company's strong global presence in 41 countries. Anadolu Agency formally inaugurated its Islamabad office Tuesday as part of efforts to expand its global reach. In a speech at the ceremony, Pakistan's Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, drew attention to the strong relations between Pakistan and Turkey. The new office in the heart of the capital was inaugurated by Hussain, Turkey's ambassador to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, Anadolu Agency's Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Director General Metin Mutanoglu and Deputy Director General Mustafa Ozkaya as well as diplomats, members of parliament, officials and prominent local media figures.


AFP launches its new API, AFP Content API Real-time production accessible from all connected platforms

The international news agency AFP, which has 201 bureaux in 151 countries, has launched its new API.

AFP Content API simplifies access to AFP's real-time production and allows developers to innovate by creating their own custom-made applications.

Media, pure-players and businesses can now integrate AFP's new API directly into their content production and editing tools or their mobile applications in order to access one of the world's biggest sources of content.

AFP produces 5,000 text and multimedia dispatches, 3,000 photos, 100 videos, 80 infographics and video graphics daily, enriched with 640,000 pieces of meta data, all accessible via AFP Content API in the Agency's six languages of production.

AFP Content API reduces technical costs and development time for clients :=

  • A simple and easily integrated RESTful API that is compatible with XML and JSON ;
  • A reliable service that requires fewer resources for development, integration, configuration, security and maintenance.

AFP Content API offers a better user experience :

  • Automated requests, downloads and publication
  • Meta data-rich content and a powerful search engine ;
  • Faster editing and publishing on the client's platform.

Go to to test the API, download the technical specifications and request a free trial.

AFP offers long term free access to incubators and start-ups.

AFP Press Release: AFP extends its fact-checking operation to Spain and Argentina

After Mexico and Colombia, AFP is expanding its Spanish language fact-checking operation to Spain and Argentina. The articles will be freely accessible on the Spanish blog AFP Factual that is dedicated to verifying and debunking disinformation spread online. Some of the fact-checked content will have been posted on Facebook and flagged by the social media platform. The articles will respect the Agency's established editing process, and AFP will choose independently what content to fact-check. Based in Madrid and Buenos Aires, the new fact-checking teams will work with the Agency's existing network of journalists and will check potentially fake content being distributed in Spain and Latin America. The agreement with Facebook includes the verification of images, an area of expertise for AFP.

AFP joins FactCheckEU, a new collaborative project to fight disinformation ahead of the european elections

After joining partnerships to debunk fake news and disinformation during elections in France, Brazil and Nigeria, AFP is now joining a verification project with 18 other fact-checking outlets in the run-up to the European Parliamentary elections in May. FactCheckEu has been launched by the International Fact-Checking Network and is available in 10 languages. Fact-checks that appear on the AFP Fact-Check site will be pubished by FactCheckEU. It will include fact-checks on possible disinformation being spread in the EU, will verify statements by politicians, and will also answer questions sent by readers in a Q&A section. FactCheckEU will also look at how disinformation spreads from country to country within the EU and who is behind it. AFP already partnered in the First Draft initiatives CrossCheck for the 2017 French presidential election, the CrossCheck partnership for the 2018 Nigerian elections and the Comprova fact-checking project for the 2018 Brazilian presidential election. AFP has developed fact-checking programmes in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic in 19 countries - South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Colombia, Spain, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal and Sri Lanka. 5

AFP, launches a new enriched version

Now established as a site of reference for major European issues, the EDNH (European Data News Hub) is launching a new version of its platform. More reactive to European news and accessible in more languages, the EDNH aims to bring online users and global media invaluable insights into the most important issues within the EU. These include Brexit, the European elections, the migrant crisis and policies to fight climate change.

Already available in five languages - English, German, French, Italian and Spanish - it will now also offer Hungarian and Romanian.

In March, the Romanian news agency Agerpres is joining the consortium of news agencies that produce the site - Paris-based AFP, the Italian news agency Ansa and the German news agency DPA.

As it has done for the past two years, the EDNH site will provide European media and users with text, photo, infographics and 3D videos.

AFP's Europe director Christine Buhagiar said: "We are delighted to contribute to the EDNH in distributing to the public verified facts and correctly sourced data.

"The EDNH is carrying out an essential mission to promote better understanding of the major issues facing the European Union at a time when disinformation campaigns are proliferating".

The content, which is free of copyright, can be downloaded and published by media and shared by online users.

EDNH content is also distributed worldwide by agencies to their subscribers, newspapers, TV networks, radio stations, to online and mobile sites, data bases and institutions.

The EDNH is subsidised by the European Commission and enjoys full editorial independence, a key to its credibility that is enshrined in its charter that can be freely consulted on its site.

AFP condemns the expulsion of its Algiers bureau chief

The Algerian government expelled AFP Algiers bureau chief Aymeric Vincenot on Tuesday in the wake of its refusal to renew his press accreditation. The expulsion comes amid massive demonstrations in Algeria that underline the indispensable role journalists play in explaining the events to the rest of the world.

AFP chairman Fabrice Fries said: "This arbitrary decision taken under the presidency of Mr Bouteflika is unacceptable, and it is out of the question for us, in these circumstances, to appoint a successor for the time being".

The Algerian authorities have never officially informed the AFP management of the reasons for the decision, merely reporting various grievances verbally in March without ever offering any proof.

Vincenot, 45, had been stationed in Algiers since June 2017 and left the country after the expiration of a final police deadline to leave. 6

"By depriving us of our bureau chief, this decision seriously affects our presence in Algeria, which is there to provide exhaustive and rigorous coverage of the historic events that are currently underway" said Fries. He added "we are not giving up" and the Agency had already sent special envoys to the country and would continue to submit requests for journalist visas.

He also expressed "the solidarity of AFP towards Algerian journalists, who are bravely doing their work in particularly difficult conditions."

The AFP bureau chief, whose residency permit expired on February 28, has been without accreditation since the end of 2018. His request to renew his press card for 2019 received no response from the Algerian authorities, despite AFP's best efforts.

AFP's international network covers world news in text, video, photo and infographics 24/7 based on strict editorial principles of rigour, independence and impartiality.

The Agency is trusted by more than 5,000 clients worldwide and is present in 151 countries. It has had a bureau in Algiers since 1962.

First edition of the Shah Marai Award, launched by AFP, won by Farshad Usyan

Freelance photographer Farshad Usyan, from Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, has won the first edition of the Shah Marai Award for his series of 15 photos of his compatriots' daily lives, which vividly capture their desire to live freely and express themselves as they wish.

This award, entitled "My Afghanistan", was launched in honour of Shah Marai, chief photographer of Agence France-Presse's Kabul bureau killed in a suicide attack on April 30, 2018. Afghan photographers were invited to portray the reality their people face away from the tragic images of violence.

Farshad, 26, called his photo story "The Pacifist". His photos show veiled women laughing with friends in a 3D cinema, a female radio journalist or taxi driver, a young couple celebrating Valentine's Day in a chic restaurant or ballot boxes transported up a mountain by donkey. Summing up his work, Farshad said: "Peace does not only mean absence of war, it could also mean a safe environment, human dignity, right to education, right of 7

expression, freedom of speech, freedom of choice and freedom of sexuality."

"I believe media, especially photography, is a very powerful tool to initiate positive movements within a society," said Farshad, a medical graduate who grew up under the Taliban and took over the job of photographer from his brother who passed away.

Second prize was awarded to Hoshang Hashimi, a photo stringer aged 30. Hoshang is from Herat in the west of the country and has experience working with the world's three biggest news agencies. The prize rewards a very beautiful series of photos, entitled "Afghan Life in the Middle of Conflict", portraying the difficulties but also the moments of calm in daily life.

Third prize went to Mohammad Anwar Danishyar, a 21-year-old freelancer from Jalalabad in the east of Afghanistan. Entitled "Bricks to Blackboards", his series of photos shows the hard labour carried out by families dependent on rich owners of open-air brick factories, with their children's classrooms set up in the middle.

The three prize winners were chosen from 56 entries by a jury of five people from the world of photography, based only on the series of images and their description.

The three prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in Paris.



EFE: Google, Spain's news agency EFE link up to tackle information age challenges

Multinational technology company Google is to collaborate with Spain's international news agency EFE to help it innovate and further its advancement into cutting edge digital platforms by providing training on the use of state-of-the-art tools and formats as well as systems for the distribution of news content, the companies said in joint statements Wednesday. The collaboration is to take place during the coming months and will include training for EFE professionals provided by the Google News Lab team in the use of digital tools that should help in newsgathering and forward transmission, the companies said. "The alliance with Google is key," said Fernando Garea, EFE's President, who added that "search engines are essential to ensuring that news media can be seen and read and redirected to reliable sources of information."

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EFE undertakes a wide-ranging reform

EFE's top management, under Fernando Garea's presidency, has undertaken in 2019 a wide-ranging reform aiming at adapting agency's production to the new demands of the digital world and increasing its revenues, within the framework of its public service obligations.

The reform is based on a number of general principles, including specialization, decentralization and multimedia transformation.

EFE does not want to be categorized only as a general news provider and has opted for specialization. A new department created at the headquarters in Madrid, named 'EFE 360', will promote the production of thematic contents based on high demanded news, especially among young people, such as those concerning scientific discoveries, the so-called fourth industrial revolution, women's empowerment, health, climate change, or trends in entertainment and fashion, among others.

The agency will continue expanding its global network and, at the same time, decentralizing its information flows in order to gain speed and adapt its contents to every market needs. After consolidating its position in America, EFE intends to reinforce its presence in the Far East by improving its offer with a renewed service in English.

But if there is a word that summarizes the change in EFE, this is "multimedia". Each production unit will be able to handle all information formats -text, photo, audio and video- and send 'packages' to the clients that do not require any editing work on their part. A very special effort is already being made so that the entire correspondents network, national and international, increase the production of video, including live video.

EFE has also joined the fight against fake news through the creation of an internal unit charged with verifying the information circulating, especially, on social networks.


MAP, Bulgarian News Agency BTA Ink Cooperation Agreement

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) inked, on March 8, 2019, in Sofia, a new cooperation agreement that replaces the one signed between the two agencies in 2004.

The agreement was signed by MAP Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and BTA Director General, Maxime Minchev, in the presence of Bulgarian deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Yuri Sterk.

The agreement is meant to strengthen cooperation between the two agencies in order to enable better mutual use of information services (text, photo, video and audio).

"This agreement will develop cooperation between the two agencies," Sterk said on this occasion. 9

For his part, Hachimi Idrissi expressed his joy at signing this agreement with BTA.

Electronic press: Minister Calls for Implementing Law on PPP Contracts

Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laȃraj, called on March 11 in Rabat for the implementation of the law on public-private partnership contracts in order to promote investment in the field of the electronic press.

The ministry is working towards the establishment of a reading support fund, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, said Laȃraj, who was the guest of MAP's Forum held on the theme "the Moroccan press facing the digital challenge".

In this regard, he said that his department is working on completing the Law of the Electronic Press with a view to making it a legal framework in line with the challenges and innovations in this area.

MAP Sets Up Parity Committee

The constituent assembly of the Parity Committee of Morocco's news agency (MAP), a body meant to promote the female component in the agency's human capital, was held on March 12, 2019, in Sale.

The executive body, whose inception coincides with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of MAP, will monitor and assess the yearly evolution of the parity rate within the agency's different departments and submit proposals to contribute to improving MAP's female competences (administrative and journalistic staff).

Speaking on this occasion, MAP managing director Khalil Hachimi Idrissi said that this committee will create an institutional mechanism so that women could get the same rights as their male counterparts, and will address issues related to the issue of gender equality.

Hachimi Idrissi called on the committee to support, in an efficient and operational way, MAP's strategy and to present as soon as possible solutions to achieve parity in decision-making positions.

For her part, Meryem Louali, president of the strategic and technological committee and new chairwoman of the Parity Committee, highlighted the rate of women's participation among MAP's administrative and journalistic staff which reached 38% in 2018.

MAP Strengthens its Organizational Model: The allowance system in 3 questions

Why a new allowance system?

The first thing to understand is that this is an aspect that MAP has always put forward as an argument in the construction of its organizational model:

1. MAP, a networked enterprise, aims to become the No. 1 source of regional information. It therefore needs to consolidate its human resources at the various regional poles. If the assignment in the international poles is accompanied by cash benefits, it's not the same thing at the regional poles. So, it was important to put things in place.

2. MAP has introduced new professions related to audio and video products. These products have different requirements and a different way of working than a conventional news agency. It was therefore necessary to support these efforts and attract talents to these new professions.

3. The predominance of excellence has become a choice of governance, as evidenced by the appraisal of the performance over the few last years. It's not a 20/20 anymore for everyone. Based on this principle, a reflection was conducted on how to distinguish the agents who showed exceptional performance over a year. Hence the idea of introducing a new premium focused exclusively on excellence and the level of contribution to the results obtained by the agency.

In concrete terms, how is this reflected on an agent's pay slip?

The Regional Mobility Lump Sum is a compensation which represents 3 times the gross salary of the agent assigned by the Administration to a Moroccan city other than that of his current residence. This allowance is paid twice in the career of an agent. Journalists from the Economics and Finance Department, recently transferred to Casablanca, will be the first to receive this compensation.

The TV/Radio allowance will be dedicated exclusively to journalists who work on MAP TV and MAP Radio beyond their regular hours, at the rate of: 160 DH / hour, between 08:00 am and 20:00 pm and 260 DH / Hour, between 20:00 and 00:00 h.

This means that a journalist who makes a shift per day, in addition to his normal schedule, can increase his pay by 20% to 30%.

The Individual Variable Contribution Premium is a bonus that is added to the 13th month payment and the performance bonus currently in effect and which benefits staff who obtained a mark of 20/20 during the year within the limit of 1 / 3 of the MAP workforce.

The bonus can reach 1 month of the gross salary of the agent, which is much higher than the base of the performance bonus that does not take into account all the elements constituting the salary.

Who benefits from this scheme?

All staff, statutory and contractual, which is also a major step forward in MAP's remuneration system of MAP.

Diplomatic meetings: Debate on Moroccan-Brazilian relations

The Brazilian ambassador in Rabat Jose Humberto de Brito Cruz called, on Feb. 7 in Rabat, for further boosting economic and trade relations with Morocco to reflect their potential and ambitions.

The Brazilian diplomat, who was the guest of the Diplomatic Meetings organized by Morocco's news agency (MAP) under the theme "the Past and future of relations between Morocco and Brazil", along with director of the Institute for Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Fatiha Benlabbah, stressed 11

that economic and trade cooperation between Morocco and Brazil posted a significant increase in recent years, but remains below the expectations of both countries.

He said that there is a huge potential and undeniable untapped opportunities in the economic and commercial fields.

25th SIEL: MAP steals the show

MAP provided large media coverage at the 25th edition of the International Book Fair (SIEL), held on Feb. 7 to 17 in Casablanca.

A team was instructed to ensure coverage for the event (Text, Photo, Video, Audio, Computer Graphics), under a partnership agreement signed by MAP and the Ministry of Culture and Communication in its capacity as organizer of the event.

MAP is also committed to disseminating all press releases and photos sent by the partner.

Media: Visit of two Finnish journalists to Rabat

Director-General of Morocco's News Agency (MAP) Khalil Hachimi Idrissi received, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at MAP headquarters, Finnish journalists Mika Horelli and Antero Eerola.

On this occasion, Hachimi Idrissi reviewed the different divisions and products of the agency and presented MAP strategic plan, underlining the diversification of media coverage, journalistic genres and the integration of multimedia production.

During this meeting, the MAP Director General presented the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) as an alliance that advocates for a greater role for African news agencies to address the challenges facing a continuously-mutating world.

MAP, WAM Agree to Promote Cooperation in Multimedia

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and Emirates News Agency (WAM) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to develop multimedia products.

This willingness was expressed at a meeting held on December 25, 2018, in Rabat, between MAP managing director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and WAM executive director, Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi.

In this regard, the two parties agreed to renew in the coming weeks the agreement signed in 2011, in order to integrate into the scope of bilateral cooperation the whole range of digital products made available to the clients of the two agencies.

The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss WAM-MAP-FAAPA tripartite cooperation.

The means of setting up a Media City in Morocco were also on the agenda of the talks. 12

Press awards: Two MAP Journalists Awarded

MAP journalists Soumia Al Arkoubi and Morad Khanchouli jointly won the News Agency Award at the 16th edition of the National Press Grand Prix held on December 21, 2018, for their papers "Lieutenant-Colonel Khadija Koudamra, the warrior peace ambassador in Central Africa" and "Fez: A glimmer of hope at the end of the dark tunnel of addiction".

The awards were handed to the two journalists at a ceremony held in Rabat in the presence of Head of Government Saad Dine El Otmani, and several ministers and personalities from the fields of culture, media, art and literature.

The jury of this edition was chaired by Mohamed Seddik Maaninou.

MAP, Sputnik Ink Agreement to Foster Cooperation

Morocco's News Agency (MAP) and Russian news agency Sputnik signed on December, 17, 2018, in Rabat an agreement to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Signed by MAP Managing Director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and Head of International Projects Center at SPUTNIK, Vasily Vladimirovich Pushkov, the agreement aims at establishing professional relations and fostering cooperation between the two agencies in Russia and Morocco.

The two parties will seek to develop bilateral cooperation in the area of information in order to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and carry out projects aimed at developing the media landscape.


FAAPA Grand Prix Awarded to Senegalese journalist and Burkinabe photographer

Senegalese journalist Mohamed Tidiane Ndiaye won the Grand Prix of the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) on December 21 in Rabat for his article "Casamance: women rebel against poverty".

Burkinabe Aminata Cisse won the FAAPA Grand Prix for the best picture.

The award was handed to her in Rabat by FAAPA President and MAP Managing Director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, at the end of the 4th General Assembly of the Pan-African Federation (Dec. 20-21).



CNA Director George Penintaex's speech at ATA's conference on "News Agencies vs Fake News"

Let's start with some definitionsof the fake news.

According to experts, fake newsis a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media on online social media.

The term is also at times used to cast doubt legitimate news from an opposing political standpoint, a tactic known as the lying press.

Thefalseinformation is then often reverberated as misinformation in social media, but occasionally finds its way to the mainstream media as well. Fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue.

In the latter case, it is similar to sensational online "clickbait" headlines and relies on advertising revenue generated from this activity, regardless of the veracity of the published stories. Intentionally misleading and deceptive fake news differs from obvious satire parody, which is intended to amuse ratherthan mislead its audience.

The relevance of fake news has increased in post-truth politics. For media outlets, the ability to attract viewers to their websites is necessary to generate online advertising revenue. If publishing a story with false contentattracts users, this benefits advertisers and improves ratings. Easy access to online advertisement revenue, increased political polarization, and the popularity of social media have all been implicated in the spread of fake news, which competes with legitimate news stories. Hostile government actors have also been implicated in generating and propagating fake news, particularly during elections.

Fake news undermines serious media coverage and makes it more difficult for journalists to cover significant news stories.

An analysis by BuzzFeed found that the top 20 fake news stories about the 2016 U.S. presidential electionreceived more engagement on Facebook than thetop 20 election stories from 19 major media outlets. Anonymously-hosted fake news websiteslacking known publishers have also been criticized, because they make it difficult to prosecute sources of fake news for libel.

Unfortunately, the fake news phenomenon is spreading all over the globe and it takes increasingly worrying dimensions. Fake or misleading news are diffused everywhere in print, audio-visual or online form.

Managing, addressing and containing the fake news, as a dangerous and corrosive phenomenon for democracy and pluralism, is a task and 10

obligation that many people undertake. First and foremost the journalists themselves.

When the Internet was first made accessible for public use in the 1990s, its main purpose was for the seeking and accessing of information. As fake news was introduced to the Internet, this made it difficult for some people to find truthful information. The impact of fake news has become a worldwide phenomenon. Fake news is often spread through the use of fake news websites, which, in order to gain credibility, specialize in creating attention-grabbing news, which often impersonate well-known news sources.

Research has shown that fake news hurts social media and online based outlets far worse than traditional print and TV outlets. After a survey was conducted, it was found that 58% of people had less trust in social media news stories as opposed to 24% of people in mainstream media after learning about fake news.

The exposure of citizens to large scale disinformation, including misleading or outright false information, is a major challenge for Europe. The Commission has engaged with all stakeholders to define a clear, comprehensive and broad-based action plan to tackle the spread and impact of online disinformation in Europe and ensure the protection of European values and democratic systems.

Disinformation -or fake news -consists of verifiably false or misleading information that is created, presented and disseminated for economic gain or to intentionally deceive the public, and may cause public harm.

The phenomenon is having a bigger impact than ever before as it is easier for anyone to post and share any news or information online.

Social media and online platforms play an important role in speeding up the spread of such news and they enable a global reach without much effort from the author.

A comprehensive policy response must reflect the specific roles of different actors (social platforms, news media and users), and define their responsibilities according to a number of guiding principles. These include the freedom of expression, media pluralism, andthe rights of citizens to diverse and reliable information.

The EU Commission supports a multi-stakeholders process, involving platforms, news media, research and civil society organisationsin order to find the right solutions consistent with fundamental principles and applicable coherently across the European Union.

In its Communication "Tackling online disinformation: a European approach", the Commission puts forward an action plan and self-regulatory tools to tackle the spread and impact of online disinformation in Europe, and ensure the protection of European values and democratic systems.11

Four principles guide the action:

1. Improve transparency regarding the way information is produced or sponsored;

2. Diversity of information;

3. Credibility of information;

4. Inclusive solutions with broad stakeholder involvement.

As European Commission President Juncker mentioned in his Mission Letter to Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, the Commission needs to look into the challenges the online platforms create for our democracies as regards the spreading of fake information and initiate a reflection on what would be needed at EU level to protect our citizens.

EU First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: "The freedom to receive and impart information and the pluralism of the media are enshrined in the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights. We live in an era where the flow of information and misinformation have become almost overwhelming. That is why we need to give our citizens the tools to identify fake news, improve trust online and manage the information they receive".

EU Vice-President Andrus Ansip in charge of the completion of the Digital Single Market described fake news as a serious problem. At the same time he highlighted the need to protect freedom of speech and trust people's common sense. He also mentioned media literacy and quality journalism as vital tools to address the spread of fake news online.

So, citizens, social media platforms, news organisations, broadcasters, print media, news agencies, online media and fact-checkers, researchers and public authorities are all urged to join forces and gather opinions on what actions could be taken at UN or EU level to give citizens effective tools to identify reliable and verified information and adapt to the challenges of the digital age.

A former Editor-in-Chief of AFP and author of a set of new ethical guidelines for the AFP, Eric Wishart, said AFP as one of the three major international news agencies, has a long history of being the first to break historic news. Known in the journalism profession as the "wires", AFP, AP and Reuters trace their histories to the first half of the nineteenth century and have collectively announced the first news of countless events, thanks to their international networks and telegraphic styles that ensure fast delivery to clients.

But that has all changed with the development of social media, which now often carry the first reports of breaking news events.

News agencies have become as much news verifiers as news gatherers as they process the deluge of amateur eyewitness content uploaded online with this tide of amateur eyewitness "reporting" has come a tsunami of disinformation that at best can be harmless and amusing and at worst provoke communal violence, subvert democracy and ruin lives and careers. 12

In my opinion, the news agencies are in the best place to strengthen citizens access to reliable and verified information and prevent the spread of disinformation online.

The news agencies offer a serious source of information that survived through decades and are bound to do the same in the years to come.

What they need to do is to be flexible to face with success needs and challenges and continuously adapt themselves in the new era.

At the same time, they have to find new ways of approaching the citizens directly and not only through their subscribers and clients.

Listening to the previous speakers, I can agree that this Conference could lead to concrete decisions and actions.

The ATA Conference could be the first step to lay the foundation for an open debate among us on this crucial issue.

Let us establish an ad hoc committee to draft a document of guidelines on how to face fake news and how to coordinate action to tackle with this phenomenon in a unified way.

I think, this could be the best contribution of this meeting.


Anadolu Agency launches agency journalism training

Anadolu Agency begun agency journalism training program for its personnel in capital Ankara.

The three-month program for 54 participants was launched at the agency headquarters by Anadolu Agency News Academy, which was established under the framework of its 100th-year vision.

The 488-hour program -- which will run through Jan. 25 -- was organized for the journalists who have completed the Young Talent Development Program (GYGP).

The participants will receive basic journalism training first month, which will be followed by career training in December. The trainees will practice theoretic at the regional directorates in January.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mustafa Ozkaya, Anadolu Agency's Deputy Director General, said the participants are the new members of a big Anadolu Agency family.

"I think that the deep-rooted Anadolu Agency tradition is more meaningful nowadays. Because we all witness a new world order," he stated. 4

Ozkaya also underlined that Turkey is a territory which possesses a large values of humanity, history and civilization. "So, we are talking about a geography that interests everyone," he added.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Umit Sonmez, the News Academy coordinator, and Hayri Cetinkus, the vice coordinator, informed the trainees about the institution.

Aysu Bicer, a trainee who studied in England as part of the GYGP, expressed joy and pride to be part of the journalism training program.

"I think that Anadolu Agency will lead the changes in journalism with its training programs," she said.

Tugcenur Yılmaz -- a diplomacy correspondent at the agency who was also a participant of GYGP -- said: "I can say that Anadolu Agency is a training center with its practical and theoretical courses."

Firdevs Yuksel, an economy correspondent, said the agency training programs contributed to her goals in journalism.

After honored with graduation certificates, the trainees will be assigned in various departments at the agency.

Reporting by Ayse Sensoy Boztepe: Writing by Munira Abdelmenan Awel


Anadolu Agency, China's Xinhua ink cooperation deal

Turkey's Anadolu Agency and Chinese news agency Xinhua signed a cooperation agreement in capital Ankara on Thursday.

Anadolu Agency's Deputy Director General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu and Xinhua News Agency's Vice President Yan Wenbin signed the deal in the headquarters of the first.

The agreement covers news exchange between Anadolu Agency and Xinhua in Turkish, Chinese and English languages.


Anadolu Agency, Bosnia's FENA sign cooperation deal

Turkey's Anadolu Agency and Bosnia's Federal News Agency (FENA) have signed a cooperation agreement in Istanbul.

Senol Kazanci, Anadolu Agency's director general and chairman, and Elmir Huremovic, FENA'S general manager, signed the deal on the sidelines of the 27th Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) General Assembly and Conference.

The agreement covers news exchanges between Anadolu Agency and FENA in English and sharing their experience with technical, editorial and vocational training.

FENA was established by the government of the Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina in 2000. It publishes 250 reports every day in the official languages of the country as well as English. 5

Founded in 1920, Anadolu Agency is a well-established global news agency with operations in most major regions around the globe, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Asia-Pacific, and serves subscribers in more than 100 countries.

For its subscribers, the agency produces news stories in 13 languages: Turkish, English, Arabic, BHS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian), Russian, Kurmanji, Sorani, Persian, French, Albanian, Macedonian, Indonesian, and Spanish.


Bosnian news agency praises ties with Anadolu Agency

Grateful for Anadolu Agency's support and training opportunities, says General Manager of Bosnia's Federal News Agency (FENA), Elmir Huremovic

By Talha Ozturk


SARAJEVO, Bosnia Herzegovina

Bosnia's Federal News Agency (FENA) has praised its cooperation with Anadolu Agency.

"Cooperation with Anadolu Agency is important for FENA. We are grateful for the support and the incredible training opportunities that Anadolu Agency offers to us," said General Manager Elmir Huremovic.

"I believe that our cooperation will continue for many years. I can give the good news that we will sign a new agreement at the ABNA-SE [Association of the Balkan News Agencies] meeting to be hosted by Anadolu Agency on Nov. 17 in Istanbul," said Huremovic.

He added that the Bosnian agency had taken important steps in the last two years.

Huremovic pointed out that FENA became a member of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) as well as joining the ABNA-SE.

"FENA also became the member of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies in early October. FENA has reached an important position in the international arena. The international organizations that we are members of are the most important indicators of this," said Huremovic.

FENA was established by the Government of the Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina in 2000. It publishes 250 reports every day in the official languages of the country and English.


AFP awarded at Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondents Prize

The 25th Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondents Prize event singled out two AFP photojournalists. Mahmud Hams received the first prize in the Photo category while Juan Barreto is awarded with the third prize.

AFP's global news director Michle Lridon spoke of her pride and expressed "her gratitude for the two photographers who, from Caracas to Gaza, portray the reality of their countries with courage, talent and professionalism, in conditions that are unfortunately too often dangerous."


TASR to Cooperate with AFP Press Agency

The News Agency of the Slovak Republic (TASR) has agreed to cooperate with Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The agreement enables TASR to use the French agency's text service in the areas of general, economic and sports news. TASR will include AFP among news service sources for its clients as of November.

"We work with high-quality sources. We view cooperation with the world's third biggest agency as further enriching our services. AFP offers a high-quality and rapid view of events in Europe, but it's also a global player. I find it important that the relationship is reciprocal, with AFP using TASR's export service in English," said TASR general director Vladimir Puchala.

According to TASR editor-in-chief Marian Kolar, "AFP is known for its high-quality and fast general news service. Concerning sports news, it has very good coverage of, for example, European football, and it has a strong economic news service as well".


ANA-MPA sets up new educational department

Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) has been the main provider of news for Greek and foreign media for over a century. It also features a large news and photo archive in Greek and English.

It provides 24h information thus gaining a leading the role in the use of multimedia: texts, photos, infographics, videos (web tv), social media (Twitter, Facebook), smart TV and free applications for smartphones and tablets (iphone, ipad, Android, Windows).

Meanwhile, technological progress and innovation have caused great changes highlighting the need for special expertise and knowhow in the labour market.

Therefore the Athens-Macedonian News Agency has set up an educational department that will provide training seminars, both at theoretical and practical level, based on the news agency's long experience.

The Athens-Macedonian News Agency envisions its role as a learning partner, contributing to the dissemination of knowledge and experience to 7

young and unemployed journalists, and encouraging lifelong learning amongst all agency employees.

In this framework and in close cooperation with the Labor Force Employment Organization, we implement the first training program for the training of unemployed graduate journalists, the first phase of which has already been announced.

For us, after 113 years of uninterrupted operation, it is something new, it is something that fits the slogan of the agency "to give the society what it offers us through the state budget so that we can really survive."

The seminar is addressed to graduates of the three universities with journalistic faculties, the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Panteion University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as certified IEK, and offers specialized theoretical training and internships for three months and 6-hour work.

We pay particular attention to the teaching of innovative applications, while within the framework of the seminar, we will make suggestions on specific topics from academic specialists, researchers and experienced media professionals.

The seminar, with a total duration of 380 hours, will be held in two stages, at the premises of the Athens-Macedonian News Agency and OAED and will be attended by a total of 100 graduates, 70 in Athens and 30 in Thessaloniki.


International conference on topic of news agencies vs. `fake news` taking place in Tirana

Today, fake news is no longer a phenomenon but a true communication strategy in the hands of a few people or groups which try to use the 'fourth power' for purposes often hostile, said the General Director of the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), Armela Krasniqi said at the opening of an international conference on the topic of "News Agencies vs. Fake News", organized in Tirana by the Albanian news agency.

"Thanks to new technology, automation system and the possibility of sponsoring every content that appears on the social media, at present day the fake news are spread and are available in packages that circulate in the network", emphasized Krasniqi, adding that there are uncountable cases recorded in the past years of social unrest provoked or incited by fake news which can also provoke violence in everyday life.

The situation is made more difficult, given that, according to EU statistics, approximately 65 pct of citizens use social networks as their first source of information, while trust in traditional media has plummeted to the lowest historical level. "In this new global environment of the media, no one is immune and no one has the chance to win in this war if one is alone', the ATA director emphasized. 8

She added her hope that in the coming days "through sharing personal experiences with one another and debating on ways how we can cope with this challenge, our agencies will be able to formulate a coordinated strategy carrying the ways to expand cooperation in this common battle against an invisible opponent".

"It is our essential duty to encourage independent and professional journalism. The public needs more than ever reporters who will be able to penetrate into complex social, economic and political situations in the world today. It is our duty to focus on elite journalism without falling into the trap of the Internet's quick gains," the ATA director said in front of the delegations of some of the most important press agencies in Europe and the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama.

In his turn, the head of the Albanian government underscored the need for prudent measures be taken in what regards the sanctions against calumny and fake news, in order to find a balance between the need for quality information that guarantees all human rights and liberties and, on the other hand, the necessity to not limit free speech.

The news agencies do not produce information solely, but must analyse them and offer the people the truth, using artificial intelligence, said during the conference the General Director of the Polish Press Agency PAP, Wojciech Surmacz. He admitted that this is difficult, however, due to the financial problems and the lack of technology, but news agencies can overcome these inconveniences by organizing themselves and working together to fight against fake news and for the truth, because truth is what makes us feel free.

In his turn, the director of the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform, Oleksander Kharchenko, noted that some fake news are sometimes hard to detect and as such represent an even greater threat, mentioning, in this context, among others, the Russian disinformation propaganda.

The Director of the Greek press agency ANA-MPA, Michalis Psilos, put forth that fake news have existed forever and it is not easy for news consumers to discern between fact and fabrication. However, there are resources and techniques to separate them and this is an important objective for news agencies around the world, because fake news attacks the information system of society and raises doubts regarding the credibility of mass-media. The phenomenon of fake news is not a novelty, said the Director of the Macedonian Press Agency MIA, Marian Tanushevski, adding that press agencies should be the backbone of professional journalism. Fake news can take on many different forms and the fabricated content may affect the lives of citizens, can affect the functioning of political institution and may influence the democratic decision-making process, said the MIA director.


It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Agencia Lusa has its new corporate image. More modern, with timeless lines and a less dated and more readable typography, LUSA has chosen an image that evokes the agency's graphic line. The new image was also designed to adapt to the digital medium with greater ease and plasticity. This change aims to provide the Lusa Agency with greater visibility as well as respond to current business and business challenges.


According to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, Nicolau Santos, "This image is ... in the context of a new strategy, which involves winning new markets, new customers, launching new products, improving our national network and international delegates and correspondents, to improve the working conditions of our journalists and, at the end of it all, the agency needs to have greater notoriety."

Also according to Mnica Garcia, LUSA's Commercial and Marketing Director, "it was our intention to maintain the Agency's graphic line, modernizing it in order to respond to the new graphic challenges of digital as well as new strategic and business challenges. This new image will be the support for the internationalization of the agency, and the support of our affirmation in the business market. In the end, we have changed our image but we have maintained our identity. " 13

We also invite you to see our rebranding logo reveal, available here:


Internet desk: Seminar on the mobilization of human resources

Morocco's News Agency (MAP) organized a seminar for the benefit of the Agency's Internet Desk journalists under the theme "Mobilizing the Potential of the Internet Desk".

This meeting is part of the MAP's policy to promote its human resources and improve the quality of its products.

Speaking at the opening of the seminar, MAP Managing Director Khalil Hachimi Idrissi said that building capacity and the fight against the loss of skills are two important objectives.

He also stressed the need to capitalize on the achievements in order to enable the Internet Desk to embody the modernization of the agency.

For him, the rigor, reliability and credibility that the Agency endorses must govern all activities bearing the "MAP brand", making the needs of MAP customers the determining factor in the conception of all services and products.


MAP Launches Platform Dedicated to Marketing its Archives

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has launched the platform "" dedicated to marketing its archives accumulated for almost six decades.

Speaking on this occasion, MAP director general, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, said that these archives include all of the Agency's production, noting that it consists of nearly 3.9 million news stories, including one million digitized stories.

The archives also include 47,500 pictures, 16,300 sound recordings, 10,500 videos and 4,500 computer graphics.

The platform is the result of several years of reflection, meetings and piloting which made it possible to overcome the "challenge" of the archiving of MAP production, stressed Hachimi Idrissi.

This website will provide a wealth of information for researchers, editorialists, journalists and academics, said Hachimi Idrissi, adding that a consultation station will initially be set up at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco.

This platform offers more than 3,900,000 items which will be marketed according to different means in order to meet all needs. 14

Payments can be made by bank cards via maroc telecommerce, by purchase of prepaid credits or by custom offer for institutional and major clients.


MAP Launches 'BAB', a New Monthly Broad-based Magazine

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has launched its monthly broad-based magazine "BAB". The first issue of this new product for the month of July is now available in kiosks, with a print run of 5,000 copies and a distribution in Morocco and abroad.

With its editorial staff present all over the world and covering the twelve regions of Morocco, MAP is offering a 132-page magazine rich in information and reports on national and international subjects to printed press enthusiasts.

BAB is meant to be "an elegant, intelligent magazine - one that has a high intellectual and professional ambition- that takes the time to say things and facts, to tell them with a serene breath and a narration that accepts talent when it exists," says MAP managing director Khalil Hachimi Idrissi in his editorial of BAB magazine first issue.

UfM-AMAN-FAAPA: Immigration tops the agenda of a meeting in Barcelona

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) and the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) have agreed to co-organize, in Barcelona, a Euro-African meeting of the media on the causes and origins of immigration.

During a working session, held in July, at the headquarters of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) in Rabat, between the Managing Director of MAP, Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, President of AMAN and President of the FAAPA, and the new UfM Secretary General, Mr. Nasser Kamel, the two sides underlined the importance of this Euro-African meeting, which will shed light on the causes of immigration and offer the opportunity for Mediterranean and African media to understand this phenomenon as well as its real causes.

On this occasion, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean affirmed the UfM's willingness to co-organize this Euro-African media meeting, the first of its kind with the two professional groups.

For his part, Mr. Hachimi Idrissi stressed the need to involve journalists from both organizations to think very broadly about the issue of immigration and to share with them this Mediterranean vision.


MAP-Marita Group: Towards the development of the IMC project

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Rabat between the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and the Moroccan Holding Marita Group on the development of the International Media City (IMC) project.

Inked by MAP managing director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and Marita Group head, Rahhal Boulgoute, this MoU will enable the implementation of the 15

IMC project, which will host the activities of media professionals by offering them high added value services.

It also aims to establish a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), or a cooperation agreement, which will guide the work of both parties to this project.

As part of this partnership, MAP will support this project through its advice, expertise, various studies, professional representation and decision-making assistance, while the Holding Company will support the Agency in its development by setting up and hosting its offices and services within the IMC, in order to offer the best services to the national and international media that will be hosted there.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Hachimi Idrissi gave an overview of MAP, its activities and various services, adding that the IMC project is meant to "install international standards in the press profession with a policy of openness and training of journalists".

It is important to create a structure in Africa and the Arab world dedicated to the media that corresponds to international standards in this area, he said, highlighting the willingness to initiate a process of interaction with renowned expertise in favor of upgrading the Moroccan press.


Training: Young people associated to MAP 21 projects

MAP organized a training seminar in Rabat for some 50 young executives of the agency under the theme "Young Leaders of MAP 21".

Speaking at the seminar, MAP Managing Director Khalil Hachimi Idrissi said that the Agency aims to support its young leaders towards excellence, adding that "the goal of this seminar is to build on the loyalty of our young leaders and accompany them towards excellence".

"The purpose of this meeting is to anchor MAP values among participants so as to speed up their integration into MAP 21 projects," he said. "What we all expect from this seminar is to go out with new skills, acquire new knowledge in relation to leadership, but also soft skills, that are likely to help you in your career and your journey at the MAP," he added.

For their part, MAP's young managers have welcomed this initiative aimed at strengthening their sense of belonging to the agency, adding that this meeting is a source of motivation to accede to decision-making positions.

The agency's training policy is set up in collaboration with the MAP Foundation.


MAP 21: The agency aims for excellence for its young recruits

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP), which has embarked in the last few years on a new vision called "MAP 21", is striving for excellence for its young recruits, through making the integration and training of its human resources a priority in its strategic plan.

In this regard, MAP organizes regular training seminars for its young leaders in order to reinforce the values and culture of the agency among 16

the beneficiaries so as to accelerate their adherence to its strategic project.

These meetings are aimed at laying the foundations of an agency focused on the future and preparing the future generation that will commit to MAP's values as a leading media institution in its national, continental and international environment.

Young recruits are called upon to commit to the values and goals of the Agency, to strive for excellence in their everyday motto and to carry out their work in a spirit of responsibility and integrity. This is the way to contribute, as much as possible, to the regional and international influence of MAP where skills are identified, the objectives are outlined and self-sacrifice is rewarded.

MAP relies on its human capital to continue to enrich its products.


Regional information: MAP to play a key role

MAP aims to become the number 1 in regional information in the Kingdom, said Managing Director of the Maghreb Arab Press Agency (MAP), Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi.

In a speech on the occasion of the 4th MAP regional seminar, held in Sal under the theme "For an evolving regional network of MAP", Mr. Hachimi Idrissi has set a goal for the 12 regional centers of MAP to reach one third of the total production of the Agency.

He called for greater efforts to cover all regional and local information, including municipal council sessions, court trials, sports events and local civil society activities.

The role of MAP, as a source of quality information, is all the more crucial at the regional level to face the proliferation of "fake news", said MAP Managing Director, welcoming, in this respect, the recent launch by the Agency of its first regional website "".

This website will soon be followed by the launch of 11 other portals to cover all regions of the Kingdom, Mr. Hachimi Idrissi added.


Africa Awards: Khalil Hachimi Idrissi wins an award in Canberra

Managing Director of and President of the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA), Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, received in Canberra, the "Africa Awards" prize in the category "international recognition" for the work done at the helm of MAP and its remarkable involvement in FAAPA as founder.

"This award is a recognition of Mr. Hachimi Idrissi's exceptional career and his work at the helm of the Moroccan Press Agency and the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies," said Charles A. Koker, coordinator of "Celebration of African Australians ", which organizes the "Africa Awards".

He recalled the career of Mr. Hachimi Idrissi and his contribution in the Moroccan and African media, noting that the MAP is a leading agency at 17

the African level through its wide network that contributes to its influence abroad.

Several Australians of African descent who have brilliantly distinguished themselves by their social, economic, political and community contribution in Australia were also awarded on this occasion.


Media Cooperation: MAP eyes new partnerships in Australia

MAP Managing Director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, held a series of meetings with Australian press officials.

The interviews focused on opportunities to enter into new partnerships.

The talks were meant to exchange with Australian professionals on how to achieve media cooperation, as part of MAP's strategy to strengthen its international presence.

Mr. Hachimi Idrissi held two meetings with "The Australian", Australia's most widely read newspaper, and Fairfax Media Limited, which operates in the world of newspapers, magazines, radio and media.

The talks focused on strengthening cooperation in the exchange of know-how and information.

Regions: Launch of is the new regional information website that has just been launched by the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) and is the first platform of a series of 12 websites that will gradually cover all regions of the Kingdom.

This new digital portal is part of the Agency's strategy to strengthen its presence on the web and support the efforts of advanced regionalization.

"" will be regularly fed to offer the general public a global and varied coverage of the news of this region in its various components.


MAP, Rwanda News Agency Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) and Rwanda News Agency (RNA) signed in Rabat a cooperation agreement to develop exchange of information and strengthen professional relations between the two agencies.

Inked by Managing Director of MAP, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and RNA's Director, Andr Gakwaya, this agreement will allow the mutual exploitation of news stories published in English by the two agencies, including multimedia products (pictures, audio clips, videos, computer graphics).

The two parties also undertake to give each other priority in the case of news concerning events in Morocco or Rwanda, and to grant, as far as possible, facilities and assistance to correspondents of the two countries and their special envoys during their journalistic missions in both countries. 18

The agreement, which is renewable for one year, also provides for the exchange of visits by journalistic, technical and media executives from the two agencies.

Gakwaya told MAP that this agreement will enable his agency to strengthen its cooperation relations and to exchange experiences with the Moroccan Agency.


Morocco Royal Tour: MAP Prize goes to Sami Cherkaoui

Moroccan rider Sami Cherkaoui won MAP's Show Jumping Prize (CSI 1 *, 1.30m) on October 12 at the Royal Equestrian and Tbourida Complex Dar Es-Salam in Rabat, as part of the second stage of the 9th edition of the international circuit Morocco Royal Tour (MRT), organized under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

Riding "Quilvive De Cornu CH", Cherkaoui won the event, which took place in two stages with the participation of 59 riders (9 countries), achieving a flawless 25sec51 / 100th.

He came ahead of Abdelkebir Ouddar (Brooklyn De Hus) and his daughter Soukaina Ouddar (Reading De Siena).

The top-5 also includes Moroccans Ibrahim Adnan and Salaf Benkhraba.


FAAPA: Creation in Rabat of News Directors Forum of African News Agencies

News directors and editors in chief of African news agencies have decided in Rabat to create the Forum of news directors of African news agencies.

This structure was created following the end of the 1st Forum of news directors of African news agencies, held on 17-19 October, 2018, in Rabat under the theme "Newsroom Management Challenges."

The forum of news Directors of African Atlantic News Agencies (FDI AAP), affiliated to the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA), aims to promote the exchange of experiences and data as well as the sharing of skills among its members in all areas of common interest, notably in the fields of information, training and multimedia.

It will also organize thematic seminars and symposia under the leadership of FAAPA, and in partnership with African and international organizations and institutions and contribute to the development of information flow.



EANA - European Alliance of News Agencies electing new President, Secretary General and Board Members

During the General assembly held in Warsaw on Friday, September 21st, members of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) elected Mr Peter Kropsch, CEO of German news agency DPA, as new President of the organization, for a 2 year mandate. Also, Mr Alexandru Giboi, CEO of Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES, was elected Secretary 19

General of EANA, for a 3 year mandate. Mr Jiri Majstr, CEO of Czech news agency CTK, and Mr Michalis Psilos, CEO of Greek news agency ANA-MPA, were elected Board Members, joining Mr Clemens Pig, CEO of the Austrian APA, who is going to serve for another 2 years.

After the elections, Mr Kropsch said: "I thank the outgoing president Jonas Eriksson from TT, Sweden, for his great work during his presidency since 2016. I am sure that I speak also for all EANA members when I thank the outgoing Secretary General Erik Nylen who has so wonderfully taken care of EANA during the past 17 years. For the next tenure there are many issues to be adressed by EANA. The fight for a fair copyright directive, the freedom of press and a sound transition of the news agency business will be definitely on top of the list."


ABNA-SEE  - Balkan and SE Europe news agencies gather in Istanbul

News agencies based in Balkans and SE Europe talk 'Peace and Stability in Balkans: How can news agencies play positive role?'


Anadolu Agency, Turkey's leading news agency, on Saturday hosted a gathering of southeastern European and Balkan news agencies in Istanbul.

Senol Kazanci, Anadolu Agency's director general and chairman, made the opening speech to the 27th Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) General Assembly and Conference, on "Peace and Stability in the Balkan Region: How can news agencies play a positive role?"

Kazanci said that the main theme of this year's two-day conference is "Digital Media: What is next?"

"The main aim of the conference is to review the latest technologies and trends in the digital world and to discuss the contribution [of those trends] to the media industry, especially news agencies," he added.

"Experts will share their knowledge and expectations with us," he added.

"The ABNA-SE was founded in order to develop cooperation between news agencies in the region and to help each other on peace, friendship, and security issues in the region," Kazanci said. 20

He said that one of the main problems of journalism in the region is seeing journalism as a way to serve various interest groups.

"Anadolu Agency has changed this significantly," he said, "Our main priority in news has been transmitting accurate and truthful news to our subscribers."

"With its news from the region, Anadolu Agency has always aimed to be a bridge between Balkan countries, Turkey, and the world," he said, adding that the agency "has made great contributions to spreading positive news."


Anadolu Agency takes ABNA-SE presidency
Anadolu Agency took over the presidency for the next year of the Association of News Agency in the Balkans and Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) during the Association's General Assembly held between 16-18 November, in Istanbul.

Founded in 1920, Anadolu Agency is a well-established global news agency with operations in most major regions around the globe, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Asia-Pacific, and serves subscribers in more than 100 countries.

For its subscribers, the agency produces news stories in 13 languages: Turkish, English, Arabic, BHS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian), Russian, Kurmanji, Sorani, Persian, French, Albanian, Macedonian, Indonesian, and Spanish. Anadolu Agency took over the ABNA-SE presidency from the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA).

The ABNA-SE was founded in 1995 with the aim of developing fuller cooperation among news agencies of the region as well as helping to establish a climate of peace, friendship, security and cooperation in the Balkans, according to its website.

Among the members of the ABNA-SE are AGERPRES (Bucharest), ANA-MPA (Athens), ANADOLU (Ankara), ATA (Tirana), BTA (Sofia), CNA (Nicosia), FENA (Sarajevo), HINA (Zagreb), MIA (Skopje), SRNA (Banja Luka), and TANJUG (Belgrade). 21

Anadolu crucial for promoting peace, coexistence

Michalis Psilos, head of the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA) speaks to media as he attends the 27th Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) General Assembly on November 18, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.


Turkey's leading news agency is crucial for promoting coexistence between Greece and Turkey, the top official of a news agency from neighboring Greece said on Sunday.

"Anadolu is a great news agency," Michalis Psilos, the head of Greece's Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA) and ABNA-SE Secretary General, told Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of a Balkan and southeast European news agencies meeting in Istanbul.

Praising the agency for covering news in 13 languages, ABNA-SE Secretary General Psilos said: "This is very important, it is an international news agency, not only national."

"So cooperation between Anadolu and the Athens-Macedonia News Agency will be crucial and will also be important to promote this coexistence between Greece and Turkey," he said.

"Greece and Turkey have nothing to fear," he said. "Journalists must promote friendship, peace, and joint initiatives for this propose."

"Anadolu and the Athens-Macedonia News Agency will have a lot of things to promote between countries, between our people and our nations," he added.

Psilos decried the "fake-news century" we are living through now: "There's a lot of fake news on the Internet. People don't know what's real or what's rumor or what's false."

He pointed to news agencies' role in giving accurate information and disseminating speedy, reliable news.

Accurate news in a region with a troubled history like the Balkans is very important, he added, saying: "I think the role of news agencies in this direction is very crucial."

Psilos was in Istanbul to attend the 27th Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) General Assembly and Conference on Saturday and Sunday.

He praised ABNA-SE for the importance of Balkan news agencies, calling them a "very important and crucial tool to promote peace and cooperation and friendship between our nations." 22

"The ABNA-SE, with the participation of the Anadolu Agency and Athens-Macedonia News Agency, will promote the idea of cooperation and peaceful coexistence in the Balkans and also promote a joint initiative for this respect," he said.

"For us, it is very important to sit together," he said.

On Sunday, Anadolu Agency took its one-year turn at the helm of the ABNA-SE from the Greek news agency at a ceremony in Istanbul.

Psilos was elected by a unanimous vote as ABNA-SE secretary general during the general assembly on Sunday.

The ABNA-SE was founded in 1995 with the aim of developing fuller cooperation among news agencies of the region as well as helping to establish a climate of peace, friendship, security and cooperation in the Balkans, according to its website.

Among the members of the ABNA-SE are AGERPRES (Bucharest), ANA-MPA (Athens), ANADOLU (Ankara), ATA (Tirana), BTA (Sofia), CNA (Nicosia), FENA (Sarajevo), HINA (Zagreb), MIA (Skopje), SRNA (Banja Luka), and TANJUG (Belgrade).

Founded in 1920, Anadolu Agency is a well-established global news agency with operations in most major regions around the globe, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Asia-Pacific, and serves subscribers in more than 100 countries.


Traditional media should be made digital'

In this era we can do very good journalism using digital tools, Anadolu Agency's Metin Mutanoglu tells Istanbul meeting.

(Anadolu Agency's deputy general manager Metin Mutanoglu)


We live in an era where we should transform our traditional media into a digital one, said a senior member of Turkey's leading Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

In this new era, traditional media must go digital, or otherwise it will disappear, warned Metin Mutanoglu, deputy director general of Turkey's premier Anadolu Agency, at a panel discussion on traditional media in the digital age during the 27th Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) General Assembly and Conference held in Istanbul. 23

"We are in a period in which we can do very good journalism by using digital media tools despite the media's digitization," Mutanoglu said.

"It is very important to find the truth from amid garbage information and pass the truth on to the people," he added.

Mutanoglu praised The Washington Post's coverage of last month's killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The Post "published important stories especially in the first two or three weeks [after the killing], and these reports had a big impact on American policy [on the issue]," he said.

"Although the U.S. administration made efforts to bring the incident to a close, they had to address the issue due to U.S. media pressure." Washington Post columnist Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate on Oct. 2 shortly after entering it.

After weeks of denying knowledge of Khashoggi's fate, Saudi Arabia said he was killed during a botched rendition operation by rogue agents.

The panel was moderated by Michalis Psilos, the head of Greece's Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA), and featured Elmir Huremovic, the general manager of Bosnia's Federal News Agency's (FENA); Serdar Karagoz of TRT International News Channel; and Armela Krasniqi, the general director of the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA).

The second panel of the event, concerning new trends and technologies in digital media, was moderated by Yilmaz Yaman, Anadolu Agency's marketing and corporate communication director. Panelists included Yusuf Ozhan, the editor-in-chief of the Turk Media Digital Group, Ersin Celik, web editor of Yeni Safak daily, and Derrick Fountain, the head of digital products at TRT World.

The third panel focused on the role of digital media during crises. Moderated by Fatih Er, the director of news and programs at TRT World, the panel included Zeina Khodr, senior correspondent of Al Jazeera, Mustafa Kartoglu, Ankara representative of Star daily, and Michalis Psilos, head of the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA).

The last panel focused on "Digital Transformation in News Agencies: Anadolu Agency's Experience." Ural Yesil, Anadolu Agency's International Operations Director moderated the discussion, and panelists included Mustafa Fuat Er, the agency's new media editor-in-chief, Yakup Sivka, its director of information and communication technologies, and Ahmet Sel, visual news editor in chief.


The Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA) held its 4th General Assembly between 20-21 December 2018, in Rabat, Morocco.

The FAAPA assembly was attended by AMAN Secretary General Mr. George Penintaex who had been invited by FAAPA President and Director General of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, in 24

accordance with the cooperation agreement signed between AMAN and FAAPA.

Minister of Culture and Communication Mr. Mohamed El Aaraj opened the two-day deliberations.

The General Assembly was preceded by a seminar on the topic "Fact-checking, new niche for African news agencies".


The Oceanian-Asian Alliance of News Agencies (OANA)
 will have its General Assembly on 19 April 2019, in Hanoi, Vietnam.



The News Agencies World Congress (NAWC) will hold its sixth meeting between 13-15 June 2019, in Sofia, Bulgaria, hosted by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA), under the motto "The Future of News".

The meeting's panels will cover topics such as "New Sources of Revenue", "Fake News", "Artificial Intelligence" and "Diversification".






13 & 14 November, 2018

Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean

Barcelona - Spain



Speech by Mr. George Penintaex, Secretary General of the

Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN)




Dear friends and colleagues,


I am very glad to be back in Barcelona and the headquarters of the Union fo the   Mediterranea (UfM) thi tim fo the   3rd    Meetin of Environmental Journalists from News Agencies in the Mediterranean.


The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) accepted an invitation three years ago from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to support the network of environmental institutions and key media, and especially national news agencies in the Mediterranean. EFE news agency, a very active member-agency of AMAN, plays a vital role in this direction.


AMAN welcomes the fact that this meeting is hosted by UfM, a practical way of its strategy to support any initiative towards protecting the environment in the Mediterranean.


We congratulate UfM on its 10th  foundation anniversary and IUCN on its

70th anniversary.


It is very important that these two institutions have joined forces to cope with many and various environmental problems, anxieties and challenges and to launch new initiatives and strategies with an aim to consolidate cooperation.


We welcome key experts from various institutions and journalists from Mediterranean news agencies dealing with environmental issues.   They will address two main topics:  energy transition and the circular economy for plastics.


The national news agencies play a vital role in public awareness and we have to mobilize them, thus contributing to the consolidation of the network.


But we have to take into account the fact that the Mediterranean is a mosaic of peoples, nationalities, religious, languages, cultures and mentalities.  At the same time, we should not forget that there is a big gap between the North and the South on interests, approaches and policies.


We take note that the European Union implements special policies on environmental issues and any member-state which does not meet the targets is being punished.


It is very good to issue declarations and joint statements on special issues of common interest.  But what actually need, in my opinion, is to launch campaigns in each one of the Mediterranean countries, taking into account the very characteristics of each country and people.


We have to help each country to reach the minimum standards of protecting the environment. By this, we will reach the maximum of results in promoting ecological transition in the Mediterranean region.


With these thoughts, I wish every success in the two-day deliberations of environmental journalists from across the Mediterranean.






AFP appointing new managing director

Dalila Zein has been appointed as AFP's managing director, She is replacing Fabrice Lacroix. She will take up her post by October 1. Mr Lacroix has been the agency\s managing director since 2016.

Ms Zein is a graduate of EDHEC Business School. She began her career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2000 she joined Lagardre Active (print media, radio/TV, audiovisual production and digital pure players with sales of nearly Euro 1 billion) as administrative controller in charge of magazines. She became the group's chief financial officer in 2014 and is a member of its executive committee.

AFP appointing new deputy global news director

Marc Braibant has been appointed AFP deputy global news director. He is succeeding Christophe Schmidt who is taking over as the agency's political editor.

Before becoming Montreal bureau chief in 2013, Marc Braibant was in charge of the design, development and deployment of the Iris editorial system for text. He was technical editor-in-chief between 2006 and 2011.

He joined AFP in 1988 and has held various economics reporting positions and worked in the Toulouse bureau before taking over as economics coordinator in the Washington bureau. He was head of the economics department from 2001 to 2006.

AFP photographer killed in Kabul

AFP Chief Photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was killed in Kabul on April 30 after rushing to the scene to cover an initial explosion in the Afghan capital. The second attack clearly targeted the press: eight other journalists were among the victims, AFP reported.

Shah Marai had worked for AFP since 1996, when he started as a driver and fixer. He later became a photographer, then head photographer.

AFP said the agency has received many messages of sympathy and condolences paying tribute to Shah Marai, who leaves behind six children including a daughter born only a few weeks ago. EANA President, Jonas Eriksson, said that once again we have been reminded about what a horrible price there can be for covering the news.

"This tragedy reminds us of the danger that our teams continually face on the ground and the essential role journalists play for democracy. Journalists were targeted by this attack. Our thoughts and our condolences go out to his family and the families of the other journalists killed," said AFP Chairman Fabrice Fries.

"It is with extreme sorrow that we learned this morning of Shah Marai's death. After the death of Sardar Ahmad in 2014, the Kabul bureau has again been struck by tragedy. I wish to express my deep condolences to Shah Marai's family and to all of the team at the Kabul bureau. Shah Marai was a great photographer and a wonderful person. AFP of course offers all its support to his family", said AFP's Global News Director Michle Lridon.

"We can only honour the strength, the courage and the generosity of a photographer who covered often traumatising events with sensitivity and professionalism," she added.

AFP expanding fact checking with Facebook

AFP announced that the agency is extending Facebook fact-checking collaboration to three more countries.

Canada, Indonesia and the Philippines will be added to existing collaboration in France, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. The agency will produce fact-checking articles that will be made freely available via blogs. Some of these will be moved on AFP's wires.

"The blogs, in English, Spanish and Portuguese are based on the current French-language Factuel, a site dedicated to verifying and debunking false information spread online", the agency said in a press release. "AFP journalists fact check potentially false content and provide the necessary context where it is lacking. The contract includes the verification of images, an area in which AFP has particular expertise."

Under the agreement, AFP has full independence in choosing which content to verify. Links to its fact checks appear alongside original posts on Facebook. Some of the fact checks posted on the blog are also moved on AFP's text wire in a new format of stories with the attribute "FACTCHECK".


ANSA appointing new CEO

Stefano De Alessandri has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of ANSA. He is succeeding Giuseppe Cerbone who has left the agency to be CEO of Il Sole 24ORE Group.

Mr De Alessandri was born in Milan in 1959 and has a degree in economics from Milan's Bocconi University.

After starting his career at Publitalia, he joined the RCS Media Group in 1989 as Marketing Director and he later became Deputy General Manager of Magazines. He moved to Cond Nast as Deputy General Manager and in 2003 he took on the role of Managing Director and General Manager of Gruner + Jahr / Mondadori. In 2005, he moved to Hachette Rusconi, taking up the same position there. In 2010 he moved to Mondadori's magazines as Chief Executive Officer for Radio and International Activities of the group.

Between 2013 and 2018 he was a partner and MED Region board member at EY (Ernst & Young) and he held senior positions at media sector associations for ten years.


ATA signs cooperation agreement with Greek news agency ANA

The exchange of photos and news was on the focus of the cooperation agreement signed on Saturday between the Athens Macedonian News Agency (ANA) and the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) in Tirana.

The agreement was signed by the general director of ATA Armela Krasniqi and the general director of ANA Michalis Psilos.

ATA signs cooperation agreement with Bulgarian news agency BTA.

The Albanian Telegraphic Agency, ATA, and Bulgarian News Agency, BTA, signed on an agreement of cooperation on exchange of information from both countries.

TANJUG News Agency Director visits ATA for first time

The further increase of cooperation between the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) and the Serbian TANJUG News Agency was the main topic of the conversation during the meeting held today in Tirana between the ATA Director Armela Krasniqi and Director of the TANJUG News Agency Branka Djukic.

This was the first visit of Ms. Djukic to the ATA venues. Likewise, the heads of the two agencies discussed on exchange of news, videos and photos in different areas.

ATA and TANJUG are two of the oldest agencies in the Balkan region and have developed a bilateral cooperation for many years and that will continue with joint projects in the future.

ATA participates in EANA Spring Conference in Bucharest

ATA was represented in the EANA Spring Conference hosted by AGERPRES between 25-26 april 2018, in Bucharest, by Director General of ATA, Armela Krasniqi and journalist Gent Sinani.

The conference of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) was taking place for the first time in Bucharest, between 25-27 April, with the AGERPRES Romanian National News Agency being the co-organiser of the meeting.

The theme of the conference in Bucharest called "News Agencies and Changing Markets Strategies for Developing New Content," was debated by over 40 directors, CEOs and editors-in-chief of the EANA member news agencies.


CNA - New Board Chairman

The term in office of Mr. Larkos Larkou, as Board Chairman of the Cyprus News Agency has ended. The government appointed Mr. Iosif Iosif, an economist by profession and a press associate on economic issues, as the new CNA Board Chairman for the next three years



EFE  - Journalist Fernando Garea named as Spanish news agency EFE's new president

Madrid, Jul 27, (EFE).- Renowned Spanish journalist Fernando Garea on Friday became Spanish news agency EFE's new president after its board of directors unanimously approved his appointment.

Garea, who was born in Madrid in 1962, thus becomes EFE's 13th president, succeeding Jose Antonio Vera, who had been appointed in 2012.

"I believe in a journalism that is critical and I have always tried to abide by this principle," he said. "If at the end of my mandate somebody feels annoyed, I would like it to be the powers that be who are upset with me and not the opposition," Garea told a parliamentary hearing.

"I believe that is where the genuine essence of a public service media lies," he added.

The international agency's new president had been put forward by the Spanish government and on Wednesday his candidacy was approved by all political groups in Parliament.

Prior to his appointment, Garea had been deputy director of the online daily news service El Confidencial.

During the hearings, Garea defended a journalism that was critical of ruling power and made a plea in defense of journalistic dignity. He also expressed his intention to rejuvenate EFE's newsroom staff.

Apart from his time at El Confidencial, Garea had previously been a founding member of Spanish newspapers El Mundo and Publico, as well as being the parliamentary correspondent for leading newspaper El Pais.

He had also worked in radio as a guest panelist at Cadena Ser and at Radio Nacional de Espaňa, and also as a political pundit in mainstream TV channels such as Antena 3, Telecinco, Cuatro or CNN+ news programs.

Garea's top priorities during his EFE mandate are to reinstate the agency's Editorial Board "as soon as possible," promote an "ambitious and updated" gender equality scheme that facilitates women's access to senior positions and to ensure a balance between family life and work.

Garea's appointment became effective immediately after the approval of EFE's board. EFE/vmg/mrp/hh



SANA launches monthly awards for excellence for editors and photographers

SANA launched the monthly internal award of Excellent Journalist and Photographer for its editors and photographers, with the goal of improving the professional level of drafting reports and taking photos.

SANA holds training courses for university students

In cooperation with Damascus University and the Faculty of Media, SANA organized several training courses for journalism editing for students at the faculty. SANA has also held specialized media and journalism training courses for a number of its editorial staff.

SANA participates in ICNA conference held in Pakistan

SANA participated in the International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) held in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, which revolved around the challenges facing the work of national news agencies with the rise of social media.

SANA broadcasts video reports

SANA began broadcasting video reports in the SANA Video page on its website (


SANA assigns correspondent in China

SANA assigned a local correspondent in the People's Republic of China.




Mr. George Penintaex, AMAN Secretary General and CNA Director, was invited and represented AMAN at the 3rd General Assembly of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA), hosted by MAP in Casablanca, between 14-15 December 2017.    

 Mr. Penintaex made the following address at the opening ceremony: 

 "It is a great honour for me to once again attend your General Assembly and have the chance to address this gathering.

 I convey the best of the wishes of the Mediterranean Alliance of News Agencies (AMAN) for a successful meeting and a productive discussion about problems, concerns, needs and challenges facing the member agencies of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA).

 I warmly congratulate MAP for hosting this gathering and for all initiatives taken by its President Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi to form this professional Alliance aimed to find solutions to problems and difficulties facing the FAAPA members and chart a map-road in the direction of development and progress.

Last year's promise to find a practical way towards this goal seems to acquire flesh and bones thanks to Mr. Idrissi's brilliant idea to approach the Union for the Mediterranean and its Director General Mr. Sijilmassi, a personal friend of Mr. Idrissi.

 A few days ago we visited Mr. Sijilmassi in Barcelona and had a fruitful discussion to organize a joint conference that will bring together representatives of all member-agencies from both Alliances, AMAN and FAAPA, at the level of CEO's, Directors General and Editors-in-Chief, one representative from each agency.  The languages of the conference will be English and French.

The Afro-Med Conference, as we will name it, is expected to take place in the week starting 16 April next year in Barcelona, where the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is based.

 The Afro-Med Conference will coincide with the 10th Anniversary of UfM, an organization which deals with Mediterranean affairs on different topics and areas of cooperation among the Mediterranean countries.

 The Afro-Med Conference will focus on one crucial issue that concerns Africa and Europe with the Mediterranean Sea to constitute a water bridge between the two continents.

 "Migration: A challenge or an opportunity".

 This will the subject of the Afro-Med Conference that is expected to shed some light on the parameters of migration: peace, security, climate, clash of civilizations, religions, cultures, ways of life, racism, hatred, xenophobia.

 Migration:  A bless or a curse, and for whom?

 Which are the sources that force people to look for a better life away from homes poverty, famine, civil wars?

 These are many questions that the Afro-Med Conference would deal with.

 Although the European countries give great emphasis on the problems created by migration and the European media make a big fuss, the real problems are far away.

 According to statistics by mid-2016 of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the top ten countries that had received refugees are: 

             Turkey: 2.8 million
Pakistan: 1.6 million
Lebanon: 1 million
Iran: 0.9 million
Ethiopia: 0.7 million
Jordan: 0.7 million
Kenya: 0.5 million
Uganda: 0.5 million
Germany: 0.4 million
Chad: 0.3 million

So, how the media and, in our case, how the national news agencies, cover those stories, how they can contribute to the solution of problems emanated from migration instead of raising the flame of hatred, racism and xenophobia.  Can we reach a common denominator on how to cover those stories?

Hopefully, we will see you all in Barcelona in April 2018.  Mr. Sijilmassi promised to find the necessary funds to accommodate us in Barcelona.

AMAN is ready to examine any ideas of cooperation and joint projects and programmes with FAAPA to the benefit of all member agencies of the two Alliances.

 Once again, I want to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Idrissi and MAP for the excellent hospitality extended to all of us.

I wish every success in your deliberations.


Anadolu Agency marks anniversary of Macedonian service
Macedonian President Ivanov sends congratulatory message on service's second anniversary


Anadolu Agency celebrated the second anniversary of its Macedonian language service on Thursday.

The agency launched its Macedonian service on November 9, 2015 in capital Skopje.

It has so far produced 25,460 stories, 11,260 photo galleries and 6,060 videos from the Balkans, Turkey and the world, becoming one of the most important news sources in the region.

Macedonian President Gyorge Ivanov congratulated the service's second anniversary in a written message.



"The opening of Turkey's official news agency's Skopje office in 2015 is a demonstration of sincere friendship and mutual support between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Turkey," he said.

"I wish that you will continue contributing to the enrichment of media services and setting an example with your professionalism," he added.

Anadolu Agency boasts 39 offices worldwide and produces news stories in 13 languages.

It currently posts news in Turkish, English, Arabic, French, Kurdish, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian (BCS), Russian, Albanian, Persian, Macedonian, Spanish and Indonesian.

Anadolu Agency, which has recently opened four new offices in Bogota, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, is one of the ten most influential agencies in the world.

With almost 100 years of experience and a strong network of correspondents in 97 countries, Anadolu Agency delivers over 1,190 news stories per day, averaging 1,900 images, and 310 videos to its subscribers worldwide.

Established during the first years of the Turkish War of Independence on April 6, 1920 as one of Turkey's first national institutions, Anadolu Agency is committed to expanding its news network and power around the world with new language services and central offices.









Athens News Agency president visits Anadolu Agency
Anadolu Agency Director-General and Board Chairman Senol Kazanci welcomes Athens News Agency's Michalis Psilos


By Nazli Yuzbasioglu and Hasan Tosun

Athens News Agency (ANA/MPA) President and General Director Michalis Psilos visited the headquarters of Anadolu Agency in capital Ankara on Thursday.

Anadolu Agency Director-General and Board Chairman Senol Kazanci welcomed Psilos at the agency's headquarters.
Anadolu Agency Deputy Director-General and Editor-in-Chief, Metin Mutanoglu, and Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya also attended the meeting.

Psilos was accompanied by ANA/MPA's Turkey correspondent Andrea Rombopulos.

The meeting focused on cooperation opportunities between the news agencies of the two countries.


Anadolu Agency moves Middle East HQ to East Jerusalem
Anadolu Agency's Middle East Department Editorship to be directed from E. Jerusalem

04.01.2018 Kubra Chohan

Anadolu Agency's Middle East Department Editorship headquarters has been moved to East Jerusalem from Lebanese capital Beirut, the agency announced on Thursday.

Anadolu Agency decided to move the center of the Middle East News Desk to Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem after recent developments as it pursues its activities within the vision of being one of the most influential news agencies in the world.

The agency will continue to strengthen its Middle East operations in 2018, which will be directed from the holy city, the region's most important political and religious center.

The Middle East News Department Editorship -- working under the International News Department -- is broadcasting stories from offices in Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen.

The holy city centered on the Middle East's agenda when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, increasing the tension in the region, and when the Islamic Cooperation Organization's (OIC) adopted East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- occupied by Israel since 1967 -- might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.


Head of Yemen media center visits Anadolu Agency
Based in Istanbul, New Yemen Media Center hopes to become leading source for Yemen news coverage


Saleh al-Gabri, head of Istanbul-based New Yemen Media Center (L) AA Deputy Director-General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu (R)

By Ali Abo Rezeg

Saleh al-Gabri, head of the Istanbul-based New Yemen Media Center, visited Anadolu Agency's Ankara headquarters on Monday, where he met with agency Deputy Director-General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu.
Al-Gabri's visit was aimed at discussing means of enhancing cooperation between his media center and the Turkish news agency.

"We came here today to give a presentation about our media center in hopes of benefiting from Anadolu Agency's deep experience, particularly in terms of journalistic training," al-Gabri said.

"The visit also aims to foster a partnership with Anadolu Agency in various fields," he added.

Mutanoglu, for his part, thanked al-Gabri for his visit, expressing the agency's readiness to bolster cooperation with the Istanbul-based media center.

He also expressed the agency's willingness to provide training for Yemeni journalism students through the agency's war reporting training program.
Established four months ago, the New Yemen Media Center hopes to eventually become one of Turkey's leading sources for news coverage from Yemen.


Mongolian media team visits Anadolu Agency headquarters
Agency's Deputy Director-General Metin Mutanoglu welcomes delegation from Mongolian National Public Radio and Television


28.11.2017 Kubra Chohan Ankara

AA Deputy Director-General and Editor-in-Chief Mutanoglu welcomed delegation chaired by MNB's Director General Rentsendorj at agency's headquarters.

By Ercan Canbolat

A delegation from Mongolian National Public Radio and Television (MNB) visited Anadolu Agency's headquarters in capital Ankara on Tuesday.

Anadolu Agency Deputy Director-General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu welcomed the delegation chaired by MNB's Director General Gandiimaa Rentsendorj at the agency's headquarters.

Rentsendorj, a graduate from Ankara's Gazi University in 2000, said she is in Turkey to attend "Turkey Again: Alumni Meeting", hosted by Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).

Around 5,000 students from across the globe are awarded Turkish scholarships by the presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB), the sole authority to provide government scholarships to international students.

Anadolu Agency is one of world's 10 most influential news agencies. With 97 years of experience, it provides thousands of news articles, photos, videos, infographics, and statistics to people around the globe in 13 languages.



AFP code of ethics in Chinese

AFP published its code of ethics in Chinese. The code covers traditional journalistic values such as the importance of accuracy, balanced reporting and protection of sources along with guidelines on dealing with the challenges of the digital era including handling content uploaded to social networks, AFP said in a press release.

The Editorial Standards and Best Practices have earlier been published in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

AFP's global news director Michele Leridon said: "The code sets out the universally accepted principles that distinguish responsible media from the purveyors of fake news and disinformation."

Philippe Massonnet, AFP's Asia-Pacific director, said: "We believe that the AFP ethics guidelines will be useful for journalists, students and others involved in the media industry in China and other countries where Chinese is spoken."


AFP in partner agreement with Italian LaPresse

AFP announced a cooperation with Italian  news agency LaPresse. "Beginning next year, the LaPresse news agency will be able to distribute a large part of AFP's production over the entire Italian territory. Those products include several "wires" with text stories translated into Italian, including economic and financial news as well as coverage of the EU", AFP said in a press release.

"LaPresse will also provide some of its customers with AFP's news and photo archives service, the recipient of many prizes, as well as videos, in Italian, chosen within the constantly growing AFPTV output. Priority will go to content related to Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East."

"Finally, LaPresse will also be able to redistribute AFP's live worldwide video service. LaPresse will also be able to provide support for AFP's multimedia coverage of Italy", the press release said.

The AFP release said LaPresse "provides more than 90 per cent of the Italian media market with its content.| It has bureaus in Milan, Rome and Turin,


Myanmar reporter gets AFP's Kate Webb Award

Reporter Mratt Kyaw Thu has been awarded the 2017 AFP Kate Webb prize for his coverage of ethnic strife in his native Myanmar.

The prize, Euro 3 000, honours journalists working in perilous or difficult conditions in Asia, and is named after a crusading AFP reporter who died in 2007, after a career covering the world's trouble spots - including Afghanistan.

"Mratt Kyaw Thu, 27, was recognized for a series of articles focused on ethnic and religious conflict in Myanmar's Shan and Rakhine states in 2016 - the latter a precursor to the exodus of nearly 650 000 Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine earlier this year", AFP said.

"The stories were published in the weekly English-language news magazine "Frontier", which has established a reputation for independent reporting in a country where rights groups say media freedoms have worsened, despite the installation of a civilian-led government last year."

"This award is recognition for me personally but also for the struggles of all Myanmar journalists, who are in a very difficult situation right now," Mratt Kyaw Thu said. "Friends are being arrested for doing their job. Myanmar journalists are being watched closely by the military and government - it's worse than before," he said.


AFP announcing guidelines to improve presentation of women

New guidelines on coverage of violence against women and increased use of women expert sources are among topics included in a set of initiatives launched by AFP's Global News Director Michele Leridon. The aim is to improve the way women are represented in the agency's content.

To ensure that AFP content reflects social diversity is to be added to the agency's ethics charter, the document that outlines AFP's fundamental principles and ethical standards.

"Another new item will concern the coverage of violence against women in various parts of the world, with special emphasis on ensuring that coverage respects the victims of such violence."

The new stylebook, which is being finalised, will contain several sections relating to this topic. Clear rules will be established regarding the use of gender or gender-neutral forms in titles and occupations depending on the language, the coverage of domestic violence, the use of a broader range of sources - with a greater emphasis on women experts and analysts - and the need to exercise increased vigilance on social networks. The stylebook will also stipulate that descriptions of people's physical appearance and clothing, as well as references to their marital status, should not be applied only to women, AFP said in a press release.

"To facilitate the implementation of these measures, a training session on coverage of crimes will be organised, with a section dealing specifically with violence against women. A half-day awareness session on how women are represented in the media and a round table discussion at AFP with prominent women (experts in various fields, elected officials, etc.) are also planned."

 "These measures should increase women's visibility, both quantitatively and qualitatively," said Ms Lridon.


AFP in EU high-level group against disinformation

A Europe-wide expert group on combatting fake news has been appointed by the EU Commission and recently had its first meeting. Among members of The High-Level Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation are AFP's Grgoire Lemarchand, Deputy Global Editor-in-Chief and Social Networks Editor and Reuters Institute Director of Research, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen.

The group will present its recommendations before the spring. The task force comprises 39 members. They include representatives of civil society (Reporters Without Borders, Wikimedia); European news organisations (RTL, Mediaset, Sky News, among others); academics; and technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.


ANSA launching Industry 4.0 website

ANSA launched a specialised website "Industry 4.0" saying it will support Italian companies' digital innovation -

"Created to support the intergovernmental platform and to promote digital culture, Industry 4.0 provides a dedicated multiplatform news flow, giving visibility to areas of excellence and "virtuous" companies, with international breath and visibility."

 "Industry 4.0 is structured with theme sections and interviews to highlight various aspects of Italian industry and its developments; innovation, multimedia language and communication ensure that cases and issues addressed have high impact visibility."


ANSA choosing Superdesk

 ANSA has chosen Superdesk as its digital newsroom system, Sourcefabric said in a press release. "ANSA has chosen the Superdesk platform for its flexibility and API-centric structure, to support effectively the evolution of our editorial and business strategy. Superdesk handles production at scale, which is especially important in today's always-on news environment," Angelo Marrara, ANSA's Chief Technology Officer, was quoted in the release.

 "A modular, extensible approach to software tools is essential in the face of ongoing disruption in the media business," said Sava Tatić, Sourcefabric's Managing Director. "News organisations with this flexibility will be in a position to survive and thrive."


ANSA signing international agreements

ANSA announced agreements on cooperation with Chinese Xinhua and United Arab Emirates news agency WAM. ANSA said the agreements represent a further consolidation of the agency's internationalisation strategy in key geographic areas.


CNA to acquire new management system

The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) has signed an agreement with the Athens Technology Center (ATC) to install the newsasset agency platform 
to cover its day-to-day news management and editorial activities, as well as their commercial exploitation through subscription services.

The newsaset platform will support the Agency`s news management and distribution process as a whole, while at the same time streamlining all internal workflows.

 At the same time, through this collaboration, CNA will enjoy ATC's long-standing research and business expertise into the media industry, gaining access to high-level consulting services, state-of-the-art technology and trade alliances.

Newsasset platform has also been selected by the News Agencies of Portugal, Poland, Russia, Tunisia and of other major publishing organizations. The platform also stood as the main back-end system used by the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency to address the 2004 Olympic Games challenge.

 CNA Director George Penintaex said "with the newsasset we have found an integrated platform capable of supporting all our activities so far, simplifying the production processes while at the same time providing us with opportunities for expansion and new commercial activity. We believe that this cooperation will cover not only the current needs of CNA, but will also strengthen the dominant role of the Cyprus Agency in the field of media in Cyprus."

 ATC General Manager Giannis Kliafas expressed satisfaction with signing this agreement, stating that "the new collaboration confirms ATC`s extensive experience in media industry, with specially designed content management and distribution solutions, which news agencies and publishing organizations of international prestige trust. "


CNA hosts conference to address fake news

Following the hosting of a Conference on "Fake News: Phenomenon of manipulation in the modern world" in November2017, in cooperation with the European Parliament Information Office in Cyprus and other Cypriot organisations, the Cyprus News Agency organised a meeting on which ways this phenomenon could be tackled with.

The Athens Technology Center (ATC), an international software vendor, presented the "Truly Media" a collaborative tool that helps users evaluate the validity level of user generated content that is distributed and shared via various social networks.  

The CNA meeting was attended by key figures of the island's media industry, including representatives from the Union of Journalists, the Radio-Television Authority, the Press and Information Office, the media Complaints Commission, the Office for the Protection of Individual Data, the Cyprus Police, local universities and other organisations.   

"Truly Media" is the result of cooperation between the ATC, which coupled its extensive industry-related experiences with state-of-the-art content aggregation and analysis technology, along with Deutsche Welle's expertise in contemporary industry needs. The two companies joined forces in order to address the fake news phenomenon. The "Truly Media" was successfully implemented during the recent elections in Germany.

"Truly Media" lets journalists verify information found in social media, in real time. They can select the most important items for their story, and verify each item individually completing a verification checklist with the help of integrated third-party verification tools. This can be done within a single newsroom, across different media companies, or together with individual journalist working anywhere in the world. 


UfM, AMAN set to promote cooperation on key issues in Mediterranean space

The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) reaffirmed their determination to promote cooperation on key issues in the Mediterranean Space, notably migration.

This came in a meeting held on November 23, 2017, at the UfM headquarters in Barcelona, between secretary-general of the Union, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and Managing Director of Morocco's News Agency (MAP), chairman of AMAN, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, in the presence of secretary-general of the Alliance, Georgios Pennintaex.

Sijilmassi described as "very productive" the meeting, which was an opportunity to commend the intensity of the collaboration already initiated between the two parties and to reflect on a joint action plan and common initiatives for 2018 and beyond.

For his part, Hachimi Idrissi said that "AMAN and the UfM have chosen to work together on the issue of migration between North and South, knowing that this is a matter of common interest which should be managed with a collective intelligence and a solidarity approach."

He also noted that Morocco, which is the current president of AMAN, has proposals to make in relation to migration issues, given that it has a sustainable, recognized and respectful approach to human rights in this area.


Courtesy visit: Hachimi Idrissi receives Russian ambassador

Managing Director of Morocco's news agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, received, on November 20, 2017 at the Agency's headquarters, Russia's ambassador to Morocco, Valery Vorobiev. This courtesy visit was an opportunity to highlight the exemplary relationship between MAP and ITAR-TASS, one of the leading news agencies in Russia renamed TASS since 2014.

Indeed, the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two news agencies in 1998 marked the start of a fruitful collaboration that has enabled successful exchanges.

After highlighting the brotherly ties between Morocco and Russia, Mr. Vorobiev reiterated his invitation to Mr. Hachimi Idrissi to visit Russia to bring broader prospects for cooperation.

For his part, Mr. Hachimi asked that discussions be held on a communication program on the occasion of the 2018 Football World Cup. The proposition was received with enthusiasm by the Russian diplomat.



MAP-EFE: Cooperation and synergies

Managing Director of Morocco's news agency (MAP) Khalil Hachimi Idrissi held, on November 8, 2017, in Madrid, a working meeting with president of Spanish news agency EFE Jos Antonio Vera Gil on the means to reinforce cooperation and synergy between the two bodies.

EFE and MAP, two news agencies bound by a shared history, are driven by a strong will to explore new ways of cooperation that would be beneficial for both parties, said Vera Gil on this occasion.

EFE and MAP are keen to explore mutually beneficial new avenues of cooperation, he added. These include the sharing of services, the dissemination in Latin America of information on Morocco in Spanish and those of Spain in French in Africa, he said.

Hachimi Idrissi said that the meeting seeks to promote ties between MAP and EFE to match relations between Morocco and Spain, adding that this is a common ambition that the two sides are determined to achieve.

The top priority project which is being discussed is linked to implementing an editorial system that would help the two agencies reinforce their services in the Spanish language for MAP and in French for EFE, he added.

Hachimi Idrissi also underlined the importance of developing cooperation in the field of pictures.

Relations between the two news agencies go back to 1978, when the first agreement between the two bodies was signed.



Cooperation: Spanish Ambassador Pays A Courtesy Visit to MAP

Managing Director of Morocco's news agency MAP, Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, received, on Thursday, October 26 at the agency's headquarters in Rabat, Spain's ambassador to Morocco, Mr. Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner Rodriguez, who paid a courtesy visit to the agency.

During this meeting, the two sides held a working session and discussed several national and international issues, including the Catalan crisis.

In this regard, the Spanish diplomat, who was accompanied by Jos Snchez-Crespo Madrazo, director of the Communication's office at the Spanish embassy, commended Morocco's "fair" response to political tensions in the Spain.

He also hailed the professionalism shown by MAP's journalists in dealing with this issue.

Discussions focused on cooperation between MAP and the Spanish news agency EFE, as well as the means to strengthen relations between the two agencies on the eve of the visit that MAP's managing director will pay to Madrid in early November.


FAAPA Seminar's Graduation Ceremony

A graduation ceremony for FAAPA computer scientists who participated in the training seminar on the digital transformation of African news agencies was held on October 13th, 2017, in Rabat.

Director of Communication and Cooperation at Morocco's news agency (MAP), Rachid Tijani, said that the training seminar was an opportunity to learn, to exchange, to build new friendships and to open up new experiences.

He also lauded the steadfast commitment of FAAPA's President Khalil Hachimi Idrissi for developing cooperation between the countries of the region.
For his part, FAAPA Secretary General Mohamed Aniss hailed the active participation of participants who showed a particular interest in digital transformation, and welcomed the creation of a network dedicated to African news agencies' computer scientists.

MAP's Director of Information, Rachid Mamouni, praised the initiatives implemented by FAAPA and its president, who seeks to strengthen cooperation and coordination between African news agencies, highlighting the importance of the task of computer scientists.

This meeting has put computer scientists at the heart of the digital transformation of African news agencies and helped them acquire new knowledge in the field, director of MAP's information systems, Bachir Chahid-Hicham, said.

Fifteen countries took part in the training seminar, namely Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cape Verde, Central Africa, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.


Information systems are a mainstay of a successful news agency: Hachimi Idrissi

Information and communication systems are now at the heart of every powerful news agency, said on October, 9th, 2017, in Rabat president of the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA), Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi.

"Information systems managers have never been given such a prominent place in organizations, a fact they must be aware of in order to fully play their role," said Hachimi Idrissi, who is also the Managing Director of Morocco's news agency MAP at the opening of a training seminar for computer scientists from the FAAPA news agencies, organized under the theme "The digital transformation of African news agencies".

Social networks do almost the same job as news agencies, sometimes more quickly, but often with poor quality, he pointed out, noting that "even if these new information media succeed into impacting public opinion, the agency must deliver the information first and professionally."

The task of information systems managers is strategic because when information systems are working well, it is the whole agency that reaps the benefits, he said, adding that the quality of the product offered by a news agency largely depends on its information systems which include efficient servers, operational databases and a network that allows a smooth and efficient communication.

"Among all the objectives targeted by FAAPA, that of training gives us the most satisfaction," he added, while inviting participants to create a network to capitalize on this meeting.


MAP-TV: Oriental Pole Unit Launched

Managing Director of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, launched, on October 24, 2017, in Oujda, the MAP-TV production unit of the Oriental regional pole, thereby reaffirming the multimedia commitment of the agency, a leading national media actor, through its clear and well-defined strategy that draws the outlines of a 21st century news agency.

The launching ceremony was marked by the presence of the Wali of the Oriental region, governor of the Oujda-Angad prefecture, Mouad El Jamai, and director general of the Oriental Development Agency, Mohamed Mbarki.

"This is a great day as the diversification of MAP products has reached an extremely important and strategic level for our agency," Hachimi Idrissi told MAP, adding that the agency intends to cover activities in the region through various supports and to support advanced regionalization".






Anadolu Agency's fourth Istanbul Photo Awards contest start accepting applications today.

 In the fourth year of the contest, the $3,000 "Young Photographer" award will be given to a winner under the age of 28; a separate $10,000 award will be given to the Single News 1st prize winner of the "Photo of the Year" award; winners in each other categories will be given $8,000 for first prize, $5,000 for the second and $3,000 for the third. The results of the contest will be announced by the end of March next year.

Photography professionals may submit their works in 10 categories. Earlier, the contest consisted of single news, story news, single sports, story sports, single nature & environment, story nature & environment, single portrait and story portrait categories but in 2018, two new categories would be added, including single daily life and story daily life.

In the meantime, the sixth exhibition of Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 will be held at Red October Gallery in Moscow between 9-19 November 2018.


Applicaitons will be accepted untill 31 January 2018, via

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Turkey's Anadolu Agency opens Beijing office

Launch of new office in Beijing comes as part of landmark expansion in Asia-Pacific region

BEIJING - Anadolu Agency on Monday opened its office in Beijing, China's capital, in line with its goal of becoming one of the world's most influential news agencies.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mustafa Ozkaya, deputy director-general of Anadolu Agency, said the Beijing office will make a significant contribution to the agency's global vision.

"With the [opening of the Beijing office, we have completed one of the most important expansions of Anadolu Agency's structure in the Asia-Pacific region," Ozkaya said.

He drew attention to the importance of reporting objective and unbiased news from the world's second largest economy and important political actor, China.

Speaking about the One Belt-One Road initiative launched under the Chinese President Xi Jinping, which aims to connect more than a dozen European cities with China via Turkey, Ozkaya said the agency will maintain the historic friendship between Turkey and China which began with trade through the ancient Silk Road.

"We celebrated the 94th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey yesterday. We are pleased to open our Beijing office today following such great celebrations," he added.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Anadolu Agency delegation briefed guests about the agency's global structure and the languages in which it publishes news.

The guests also received copies of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 and the FETO Coup Attempt, both published by the news agency.

The ceremony was attended by the agency's Board of Directors Muhammet Salih Demirkan and Ali Turker Pirtini, International Operations Director Ural Yesil and Teoman Uykur, undersecretary at the Turkish Embassy in Beijing.

Yen Vinbin, international news director of China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency, underlined the importance of cooperation with Anadolu Agency.

He read out a message by the Xinhua News Agency Head Say Mingaco who congratulated Senol Kazanci, the chairman of the board and director-general of Anadolu Agency.

Yen said Mingaco believes Anadolu Agency's Beijing office will positively contribute to bilateral relations between the two countries.

Pirtini told Anadolu Agency: "We aim to bring the Turkish and Chinese people close to each other through the news we report from Beijing." As part of its global expansion, Anadolu Agency last week launched its news services in the Indonesian and Spanish languages after opening offices in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and the Colombian capital Bogota. The agency also opened an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week. It plans to open another office in Pakistan by the end of this year.

Reporting by Tevfik Durul: Writing by Merve Aydogan


Anadolu Agency opens Malaysia office

Turkish news agency opens office in Kuala Lumpur as part of landmark expansion in Asia-Pacific region

KUALA LUMPUR - Anadolu Agency on Saturday opened its office in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in line with its goal of becoming one of the world's most influential news agencies.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Anadolu Agency's Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya said the Malaysian office will make a 'significant contribution' to Anadolu Agency's global vision.

"With the opening of our office in China early next week, our structuring in the Asia-Pacific region will be further strengthened," he added.

Ozkaya said the agency continues to set-up offices in all regions, adding that an office in Pakistan will soon be also launched.

On Oct. 23, the agency launched a news service in Indonesian and opened its Pacific Central Office in the capital Jakarta, and on Thursday it launched its 13th language service -- Spanish -- in Colombia.

Ozkaya highlighted the agency will provide news to the countries in their own languages and in Turkish to spread the international news and Turkey's agenda to the world.

"By these means, Anadolu Agency will reach its global vision on its 100th anniversary," he said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ali Turker Pirtini, a member of Anadolu Agency's Board of Directors said the opening of the office in Malaysia, is important for both the region and Turkey.

"At this point, I think our offices in the region will provide a great contribution to the regional media," he added.

Salih Demirkan, another member of Anadolu Agency's Board of Directors, said that the agency is expanding its news network by opening offices in the Pacific region and Latin America.

Currently posting news in Turkish, English, Arabic, French, the Kurdish dialects of Kurmanji and Sorani, Russian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS), Albanian, Persian, and Macedonian, Anadolu Agency is considered among the most active news agencies in the world.

With its 97 years of experience and a strong network of correspondents in 86 countries, Anadolu Agency delivers over 1,384 news per day, an average of 4,000 images, 400 videos, and 6 infographics to its subscribers worldwide.

Established during the first years of the Turkish War of Independence on April 6, 1920 as one of Turkey's first national institutions, Anadolu Agency will expand its news network and power around the world with the new language services and central offices.

Reporting by Adem Salvarcioglu; Writing by Meryem Goktas


Anadolu Agency launches Spanish-language service

Colombia's deputy foreign minister, Anadolu Agency's deputy director-general participate in Bogota opening ceremony

BOGOTA, Colombia - Anadolu Agency (AA) officially launched its 13th broadcast-language service -- Spanish -- in a ceremony attended by Colombian Deputy Foreign Minister Patti Londono Jaramillo in Bogota.

A number of distinguished guests attended the ceremony, including: Engin Yurur, Turkey's ambassador to Bogota; Metin Mutanoglu, Anadolu Agency's deputy director-general and editor-in-chief; Azerbaijan's ambassador to Bogota Ramil Farzaliyev; Palestine's ambassador to Bogota Rauf Malki; and Juan Guillermo Castro Benetti, head of the European Directorate at the Foreign Ministry of Colombia.

Londono, who made the opening speech at the ceremony, began his address with the words "Good evening" in Turkish. "I think we will all slowly begin to learn Turkish," he said.

Stating they were striving hard to develop relations with Turkey and that both sides are willing to do so, Londono said:

"Not only because we have the best Spanish, but also because we have wonderful journalists and advanced journalism, you are in the country that you are supposed to be in.

"The representatives of Anadolu Agency -- you have made the right decision. This decision you have made is not only to follow Colombia, but all Latin America and Spain."

Londono expressed his gratitude, in the name of Colombia, to Anadolu Agency for choosing Bogota as its Spanish-language broadcasting center after Turkey's efforts in Colombia through its embassy and the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).

Londono ended his speech with "thank you" in Turkish.

'Truth, impartiality, democracy and peace'
Engin Yurur, Turkey's ambassador to Bogota, said Anadolu Agency is one of the most established and experienced agencies in the world.

Stating that Anadolu Agency has been benefiting from the latest technology and has been engaging in modern work, Yurur said: "I am sure that Anadolu Agency will do great work in Colombia. Mr. Mutanoglu, I congratulate you on your decision and thank you for your efforts."

Anadolu Agency's deputy director-general and editor-in-chief spoke of the fact that that his decision was influenced by Colombia's Spanish having the language's most natural accent.

Mutanoglu said the agency is active in all parts of the world, and aimed to reach almost 600 million people through the Spanish language, and well as carrying the voice of Anatolian people to this region.

"Values such as truth, impartiality, democracy and peace are very important to us," Mutanoglu said. "We want to convey our messages of peace and love to all humanity."

Noting that Anadolu Agency had put human beings at the center of its publishing policy, Mutanoglu said he would focus on these issues in Colombia and Latin America, just as the agency does everywhere else.
Mutanoglu also said the reasons for choosing Colombia to broadcast in Spanish were not only because it is a rising star in the region, but also because of the efforts of Turkish Airlines and TIKA.

At the ceremony where the activities of Anadolu Agency and the Spanish-language service were presented, many senior media representatives including Mucahit Muhammed Soykan, the agency's director of Human Resources and Administrative Affairs, and Persian-language Editor Hikmet Gok participated.

Reporting by Lokman Ilhan:Writing by Kubra Chohan



Anadolu Agency launches service in Indonesian

In landmark move, Anadolu Agency becomes only international news agency to run news service in Indonesian

By Mahmut Atanur and Ainur Rohmah

JAKARTA - In a landmark expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, Anadolu Agency launched a news service in Indonesian and opened its Pacific Central Office in Jakarta on Monday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Anadolu Agency Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya said Anadolu Agency is the only international news agency to run a news service in Indonesian.

Ozkaya said Indonesia is a priority country for Anadolu Agency with its population of more than 260 million and its critical location in the Asia-Pacific region.

"We are ready to spread Indonesia's news to the world with our experienced global network of correspondents and photojournalists," Ozkaya said.
He added that Turkey and Indonesia should increase and strengthen bilateral ties, adding that running an Indonesian news service is a great step towards this end.

Ozkaya said Anadolu Agency's Pacific Central Office in Jakarta will help build a bridge between Turkey, Indonesia, and the greater region.

"We are quite excited to be here and starting doing news in Indonesian. Starting today, we believe with all our heart that friendship ties between Turkey and Indonesia will strengthen in all parts of life," he stressed.

High interest from Indonesian media
For her part, Rosarita Niken, director general for public information and communications at Indonesia's Communications and Information Technology Ministry, said Anadolu Agency's Indonesian service will help build better ties between Turkey and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency Indonesia bureau chief Dandy Koswaraputra said the Jakarta office started work this July. With a crew of 20 journalists spread across Jakarta, Ankara, and Istanbul, it produces about 50 news stories and scores of photos and videos daily.

Koswaraputra said the Indonesian media are showing great interest in Anadolu Agency's Indonesian news service, adding that they have already attracted 10 subscribers from various media organs.

The office in the capital as part of Anadolu Agency's Pacific presence serves both as the central office in the region and is home to the Bahasa Indonesian News Desk.

A total of 16 people work at the Indonesian desk, including one editor, two publishers, two translators, nine correspondents, one cameraman, and one administrative assistant.

There also two Indonesians based in Ankara translating Turkish stories into Indonesian.

The Indonesian desk produces some 700-1,000 news articles a month, mostly on politics, terrorism, defense, culture/lifestyle, and regional issues.

There are also 30 freelance reporters in the region that provide Anadolu Agency with photographs and videos.

The main reason for establishing an Indonesian desk is to convey the reality and truth about Turkey to counter biased news stories published by other media outlets.

Multilingual agency
Since its establishment in 1920, Anadolu Agency has reported in a host of languages besides Turkish, including English, Arabic, Russian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, French, Kurdish-Sorani, Kurdish-Kurmanchi, Persian, Albanian, Spanish, and Macedonian.

The Indonesian language news service became the 12th language service. At the same time, Anadolu Agency is also preparing for the launch of the 13th language service, Spanish, on Thursday.

Currently, Anadolu Agency has 1,694 subscribers from 45 countries. It has offices in more than 40 cities worldwide, with journalist representatives in 97 countries and employees of 74 nationalities.

Anadolu Agency is one of world's 10 most influential news agencies. With 97 years of experience, it provides thousands of news articles, photos, videos, infographics, and statistics to people around the globe.

*Fatih Hafiz Mehmet also contributed to this story from Ankara.


Istanbul Photo Awards is 'top-notch': Pulitzer winner
New York Times senior photojournalist says Anadolu Agency exhibit at UN 'reflects the state of photojournalism'

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK - Anadolu Agency's international photograph competition is a world class international contest, according to an award-winning senior New York Times photojournalist.

"Istanbul Photo Awards is a top-notch international competition," James Estrin told Anadolu Agency during his visit to an exhibition of a sample of the 2017 winners that are on display at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Estrin, who was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, was impressed by the quality and scope of the exhibition.

"It reflects the state of photojournalism in general in the world," he said.
"The thing that strikes me most is the photo-essays, deeper story-telling and several of the photos have one and also part of the other stories," he added.

The exhibit highlights the works of 22 winners in this year's competition that received approximately 25,000 submissions.

The Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations helped open the exhibition that is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.

It is the second consecutive year the exhibit has been held at the UN headquarters and the third straight year Anadolu Agency has organized the contest.

Hosted by Anadolu Agency Deputy Director General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu and Saban Kizildag, the deputy chairman of Anadolu's Executive Board, the exhibition will run until Oct. 27.

Works highlighted include Fleeing Daesh, the Photo of the Year award snapped by French photographer Frederic Lafargue for the weekly news magazine Paris Match.

Aris Messinis's Death in the Mediterranean for Agence France-Presse and Adam Pretty's photograph Below the Surface, taken for Getty Images in the sports category, were also included.

A spotlight was also shined on Hosam Salem, a freelance photojournalist in Gaza who received the Young Photojournalist Award for his work, Street Training in Gaza.


2017 Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opens in Moscow
Award-winning images on display from Nov. 9-19

By Emre Gurkan Abay

ANKARA - Anadolu Agency opened the sixth exhibition of photographs from its 2017 Istanbul Photo Awards on Thursday in Moscow.

Ninety award-winning images are on display at the Red October Gallery on Bersenevskiy Lane between Nov. 9-19.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was hosted by Anadolu Agency's Visual News Editor-in-Chief, Ahmet Sel.

Speaking during the event, Sel said Russia is one of the countries with the highest number of submissions for the contest.

"So we are very pleased to hold one of our exhibitions this year in Moscow," Sel said.

The last exhibition was at UN headquarters in New York.

Sel said they received about 25,000 submissions this year.

"During the contest's three-year period, 22 photojournalists from 17 different countries were awarded $133,000. Many Russian photojournalists also won prizes," he said.

Applications for the 2018 Istanbul Photo Awards are being accepted from Nov. 1 until Jan. 31, 2018.

There are 10 categories, including Single News and Story News, Single Sports and Story Sports, Single Portrait and Story Portrait, Single Nature & Environment and Story Nature & Environment.



AFP Data is described as a new data-driven editorial ecosystem. The project has three components:

Creating original datasets with high editorial added value.

Making these datasets - generated by AFP, its partners or AFP-selected open-data sources - available to newsrooms via Api or by downloading using the OpenDataSoft platform.

Using these datasets to automatically or semi-automatically produce live news content.

"The reach of data journalism within media organisations is still limited. Newsrooms lack the time and resources needed to search for relevant data. At the same time, fact-checking, contextualisation, multiplication of sources and transparency are key factors in media organisations' credibility in the era of post-truth and information overload," AFP said.

"AFPData aims to stimulate data journalism within AFP and its clients' newsrooms by making original, reliable, selected and indexed datasets easily accessible. Our project also includes automated and semi-automated use of enriched data to produce and monetize new types of content."

"The project brings together Agence France-Presse, automated text specialist Syllabs, data optimisation platform OpenDataSoft and Laptop user experience (UX) designers."


AFP, ANSA and dpa launching European Data News Hub
AFP, ANSA and dpa announced that their joint service European Data News Hub (EDNH) is now online at The joint venture, which receives a subsidy from the European Commission, was announced a couple of months ago. In the future, specialists in data journalism and other European news agencies will be invited to contribute to the EDNH, AFP said
"Media can download text stories in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian) plus infographics, videos and photos, with content based on facts and figures, investigations and statistical research", AFP said when the site was launched.

"The EDNH is an interactive platform and we encourage feedback from the public via the site and on social media in a bid to inform and stimulate debate on the issues that people across Europe are talking about."
Datenfreunde GmbH (OpenDataCity) runs the website and will provide data on trending news and topics and media are invited to upload their tools onto their own websites.

The project, which receives a subsidy from the European Commission, has complete editorial independence as spelled out in its editorial charter, AFP said.

The EDNH content is distributed by the three agencies to their clients.


AFP renewing Jiji agreement

AFP and Japanese Jiji Press announced a renewed agreement on cooperation. The agencies have been partners for more than 60 years. The agreement gives the Japanese agency exclusive right to sell certain content in Japan for the next four years.

"We are particularly pleased to continue our partnership with Jiji beyond the Tokyo Olympics of 2020'', said AFP CEO Emmanuel Hoog. "This new agreement also offers AFP the possibility of strengthening its presence in all markets in Japan, especially photo and video''.

Until 2021, Jiji will have exclusive rights to distribute text, photo and graphics to the Japanese government and institutions as well as to traditional media, with the exception of television broadcasters.

Via its Japanese subsidiary Creative Link Corp., AFP will also distribute multimedia, photo and video products to the major Japanese internet portals and television networks.

AFP's sales in Asia represent more than 20 per cent of the agency's international total outside of France, and grew by four per cent in Japan in 2016, AFP said in a press release.

AFP announcing solution for faster photo transmission
AFP announced the agency will generalizing live transmission of photos through the Aviwest transmitter. First event will be the 2018 Tour de France.

For the past two years, AFP and Aviwest, a global provider of video transmission systems for live on-the-go applications, have been working together to adapt the technology to photographic transmission, AFP said in a press release.

"The first large-scale test was successfully conducted during the Tour de France in 2017, with this technological innovation now allowing AFP photographers to use 3G/4G mobile networks to send real-time images of the race directly from their motorcycles, even on the move."

The agency said, the solution uses up to eight 3G/4G modems simultaneously to allow automated transmission of photos three to four times faster than before, when network coverage is present.



CNA launches Arabic service
The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) has since 1 September 2017 launched a service in the Arabic language.

This is the fourth service provided by CNA (as it already files news in Greek, Turkish and English).

It is an open, free of charge, service, with an aim to bring Cyprus closer to the Arab world and vice-versa.

CNA believes that the launch of the Arabic service would certainly contribute to the further deepening and enhancement of the existing friendly relations between CNA and Arabic language news agencies.

The aim of CNA's new effort is to bring Cyprus closer to the Arab world, in their language directly. At the same time, bilateral agreements for cooperation, which CNA has signed with Arab news agencies, will be utilised, on a non-commercial basis.

News in Arabic appears on CNA's website:


"MAP Screen" information wall renewed
Morocco's News Agency (MAP) has recently renewed its "MAP Screen" information wall, which it launched in 2014.

The installation of the new screen, which demonstrates MAP willingness to make the most of the available technologies, aims to improve the quality of display of information, photos and videos broadcast on this flagship communication tool of the agency's digital policy.

With a dimension of 7.68m x 4.096m, the new LED Outdoor SMD P10 giant screen presents four main characteristics: a perfect homogeneity of the image being monitored, a better visibility in full sun, much more natural colors and an identical screen brightness at the front as well as on the sides.

Citizen journalism: Hachimi Idrissi highlights the role of public authorities
President of the Atlantic Federation of African New Agencies (FAAPA), Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, underlined on September 22 in Abidjan the role of public authorities in accompanying any agency so that it can challenge "citizen journalism".

Answering a question at a forum organized by the Ivorian Press Agency, the FAAPA president said that citizen journalism has nothing to do with journalism let alone citizenship, as long as it is ruled by a frantic race to clicks and scoops.

"The transition of news agencies would have been less painful if we were accompanied by public authorities," he said.

However, Mr. Hachimi Idrissi said he was optimistic about the future of wire service reporter, provided that news agencies coalesce in groups and professional associations to jointly tackle the major challenges faced.

Commenting FAAPA's main missions, he said that "the Federation is a platform for exchange and sharing of experiences, good practices and obstacles encountered by the member agencies".


Children of MAP Staff visit England
Several children of the staff of Morocco's News Agency (MAP) benefited from a language stay in England.

This initiative, the third of its kind which benefited to the brightest students, aims to encourage young people to master the English language, discover student life in England and its educational system and learn more about the academic courses offered by British universities.

"We have benefited from both an educational and tourist stay," Mohamed Hanchi, one of the beneficiaries of the trip, told MAP upon his arrival at Rabat-Sal airport, expressing "his gratitude to the agency for this commendable initiative ".

In a similar statement, Fatima Zahra Shimi said she had "good times" thanks to the agency that enabled them to take advantage of this "landmark experience".

The program included a number of cultural and artistic activities, including intensive English courses, meetings, a river cruise on the Thames as well as visits to tourist sites and some British universities.

During the visit, the children visited Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum and Hyde Park.
This language stay was organized by MAP Foundation, which is in charge of the Agency's social services.


MAP holiday camp organized in favour of children of MAP staff: An initiative to inculcate the values of citizenship
The activities of the holiday camp organized by the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) in Tangier for the benefit of the children of its staff took place in an atmosphere combining entertainment and learning and aimed at inculcating the values of citizenship.

The colony, which ended on August 18th, was attended by 58 children aged between 6 and 14, including 23 girls, as well as 20 specialized pedagogical staff in charge of supervising and animating the camp under the supervision of a qualified staff of MAP Foundation.

Several workshops were organized in order to develop the children's talents and abilities.

The program included several educational, tourism and artistic activities, said Taoufik Mirhiz, Pedagogical Director of the camp, noting that these activities illustrate the slogan of the colony "citizenship: Education, behavior and practice".

Horse Week: Taissir Kadiri Wins MAP Dressage Prize
Taissir Kadiri, riding "Welcome to Dance", won on July 4, 2017, at the Equestrian and Tboburida Sports Complex Dar Essalam in Rabat Morocco's News Agency (MAP) Dressage Prize, in the framework of the Horse Week.

Kadiri won the prize with a total of 65.70%, ahead of Jenny Guerraoui, who was riding "Canou" (65.10%). The third place went to Abderazak Anouti, riding "Sir Pleasure" (62.82%).


AMAN: MAP innovates in terms of events
On the occasion of the 26th General Assembly of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), Morocco's news agency (MAP) brought together 16 member agencies on July 3-6, 2017, in Agadir.

The city was chosen for its rich cultural heritage as well as its tourist appeal.
Participants greatly appreciated the richness of the program set up, as well as the relevance of the issues discussed during the general assembly held on July 5 and during the seminar held the day before under the theme "The challenge of the news agencies facing the predominance of social networks". Indeed, many speakers from different fields gave their perspective on the subjects, thus paving the way for a constructive debate.

The undeniable success of this event is the result of a meticulous organization that was hailed by all the participants via warm letters of thanks received after the event.


Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies Holds General Assembly in Agadir

The 26th General Assembly of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) was held on July 4-5, 2017, in Agadir. The meeting kicked off with a seminar on news agencies mutations faced with the challenges of social networks.

Speaking at the opening of this two-day meeting, held in the presence of the directors-general and representatives of the various agencies in the Mediterranean region, Managing Director of Morocco's News Agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, said that the seminar tackles challenges facing the news agencies in a universe marked by the digital revolution and the explosion of the informational offer.

In the second day of the meeting, AMAN awarded the best News Item and best Photo on migratory crisis.

The Best News Item Award went to Portuguese-Brazilian journalist, Fabola Ortiz, for her story on Sub-Saharan migrants who seek access to Europe.
The report, made on November 2016 in Morocco, was published by the Portuguese news agency (LUSA).

The Best photo Award went to the photographer Yannis Kolesidis of the Greek news agency Athens News Agency, for a picture taken in a refugee camp in Greece in March 2016.

Draft Bill Related to Organization of Morocco's News Agency to Give New Impetus to Agency
The draft bill n 02-15 related to the organization of Morocco's News Agency (MAP) will give a new impetus to the agency, Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj, said.

Chairing the board of directors of Morocco's news agency last July, Laaraj said that the bill will enable MAP play a key role as a strategic public institution in the media field at the local, regional and international levels.

In his turn, MAP managing director Khalil Hachimi Idrissi thanked the Minister for his commitment before the parliament in favour of the adoption of the draft bill on the reorganization of the agency.

The Board of Directors was held in accordance with the provisions of the law, Laaraj told MAP at the end of the meeting, noting that the Agency's activity and financial reports of the year 2016 were adopted after a thorough discussion.

MAP Board of Directors was chaired by Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj, in the presence of MAP managing director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and members of the Board.


MAP to Assume Chairmanship of Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) was elected on July 5, 2017, to chair the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) for the period 2017-2018.
During the 26th AMAN general assembly, which was attended by 16 member news agencies out of 19, and a large number of other news agencies and professional organizations with observer status, MAP managing director, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, took over the chairmanship of the Alliance from the outgoing president, director-general of the Albanian Telegraph Agency (ATA), Gezi Podgorica.

In a speech on this occasion, Hachimi Idrissi highlighted the important participation of the member agencies in this meeting, welcoming the trust placed in him for the second time to assume such a mission, at a time when the Alliance, through its 26 years of existence, embodies the "dynamism, maturity and collective vigor" of its members.

The new Presidency will be devoted to undertaking the necessary professional actions which will attest to the unity and solidarity as well as the performance of AMAN, said the new president of the Alliance, stressing the need to make it a meeting ground for dialogue and consultation in order to defend common ideas and values in the Mediterranean.

In these times of divisions and instability, AMAN is one of the few forums in this space to defend the ideas and values of diversity, pluralism, parity and human rights, Hachimi Idrissi added.


Cooperation: MAP and EFE Brought Moroccans and Spaniards Closer
The Spanish Ambassador to Morocco, Ricardo Diez-Hochleitne, highlighted the role of the Spanish News Agency (EFE) and the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) in bringing closer the peoples of the two countries in order to ensure that this shared knowledge grows stronger.

Diez-Hochleitne was speaking recently at a photo exhibition in Rabat, initiated by EFE and recounting 60 years of lasting and long-standing friendship between Morocco and Spain.

Social : Launch of MAP Foundation Scholarship
The MAP Foundation, the executive branch of MAP's social policy, has set up a scholarship called " MAP Foundation Scholarship" for the benefit of children of the Agency's staff, which will be awarded annually.

This new initiative is part of the social strategy of the MAP Foundation, which is constantly offering its beneficiaries innovative services designed to support qualitatively the Agency's human capital and promote the values of excellence and transparency through its actions.


Press : Towards New Media Cooperation Prospects
MAP Director-General Khalil Hachimi Idrissi welcomed the signing on June 16 in Rabat of the cooperation agreement between MAP and China New Agency (Xinhua) which seeks to open new prospects in the relation between the two agencies, particularly in video, audio and multimedia areas, which are a key issue in the MAP21 strategy.

Reiterating MAP's desire to benefit from the experience of Xinhua, a leader in the video and audio field, Hachimi Idrissi emphasized MAP's aspiration to diversify its products, and offer Moroccan and world information in video, photo, multimedia and computer graphics, as part of MAP's medium-term strategic plan.


Agreement between MAP and AGV News/Il Velino
A bilateral cooperation agreement, the third in information exchange with Italian Agencies, was signed on Wednesday (May 24th) in Rabat between MAP and AGV News/Il Velino.

As part of the opening of MAP Agency to its colleagues in the Mediterranean, the cooperation agreement was signed by Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, MAP Director General and Fausto Simoni, president of the Italian Agency, on the sidelines of the reception granted by MAP Director General to his Italian counterpart.

In accordance with the provisions of this agreement, MAP and AGV News/ Il Velino exchange access to informational content and undertake to provide all possible assistance to their respective journalists.

MAP, Guelmim Oued-Noun Region Sign MoU in Rabat
The Moroccan New Agency (MAP) and the Guelmim Oued-Noun region signed, on May 11thin Rabat, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support various initiatives and promote the region's potential.

Signed by MAP Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and president of the Guelmim Oued-Noun region, Abderrahim Benbouaida, this agreement commits both parties to pool their efforts in order to highlight the region's potential, mainly through a communication device using the Agency's media platforms.

Under the agreement, MAP, which has more than 300 journalists producing over 200,000 news stories a year, provides the region with a range of products and services and will ensure adequate media coverage of current events in the region.

The Guelmim Oued-Noun region is one of the most important regions of the Kingdom. It has major assets in several areas, including agriculture, industry, tourism, handicrafts and environment.

The Moroccan News Agency had inked a similar agreement with the Fez-Meknes region on the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, held last November in Marrakech.




Speech by Mr. George Penintaex, CNA Director  & AMAN Secretary General At the 2nd GA of FAAPA Hold in Casablanca, 7-10 December 2016

Dear President
Dear Colleagues,

Allow me first to convey greetings from all over the Mediterranean and the national news agencies comprising the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).

MAP, our host of this gathering, is one of the founders of AMAN, back in 1991 in Tunis.

MAP plays a very important role in AMANȃs affairs, actively participating in all activities in the Mediterranean.  MAP successfully organized twice the AMAN General Assembly, in Marrakech and in Tangier.  Next June MAP will play host to the third AMAN General Assembly, this time in the seaside town of Agadir.

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Guide for journalists and environmental institutions about the environment in the Mediterranean, published by the IUCN (Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation) and Agencia EFE, with the participation of AMAN Members.

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AMAN is now on Twitter

AMAN is Now On Twitter , It can be found By Searching AMAN_alliance
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9 September 2016

 Directors General of AMAN Member Agencies and Observers

 Dear Colleagues, 

Following the General Assembly decisions,regarding the AMAN mobile application, I would like to inform you that the App for AMAN is now available, as I have been informed by the AMAN webmaster Mr. Roger Seeman.

For IPhone it can be found on Apple Store; under Samsung and all Smart phones that work in Android System and it can be found in Google store.  In both stores the APP will be found by searching for: ȃAMAN or Alliance of Mediterranean News Agenciesȃ.

 I would also like to ask you to enter the FACEBOOK and make a like in order for the page to be more active and popular.  The Facebook Page for AMAN can be found by searching Facebook for Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies.


In case you need any help or clarification you may address to Mr. Semaan as follows:

Ø  Tel: 00 961 3 437 989
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Best regards,

George Penintaex
Acting Director/Editor-in-Chief CNA
Secretary General AMAN



AMAN urges Serbian Government to reverse decision of TANJUGȃs closure


The Mediterranean Alliance of News Agencies (AMAN) expresses its opposition to the closure of the Public Enterprise News Agency Tanjug and strongly urges the government of Serbia to reverse its decision to discontinue Tanjugȃs operations.

The decision has shocked AMAN member-agencies as Tanjug had been one of the most active agencies in the Mediterranean Alliance, as well as in other news agency alliances.

AMAN expresses its solidarity with Tanjugȃs Director Branka Djukic and staff, hoping that the government of Serbia will make second thoughts and find solutions aimed to keep this historic news agency alive, as an independent news provider for media at home and abroad. 


The Board of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) condemns the deadly attack at the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo and the loss of staff members.

We join other news agencies' groups and the international media community in solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo journalists.

We defend the right of journalists and media to work in saf
participation in the AMAN competitions for best news item and best photo for the year 2014-2015e conditions, safeguarding the freedom of the Press and the freedom of expression, based on democratic values.





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