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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.

 7 May 2019

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ANADOLU AGENCY CONDEMNS THE ISRAELI ROCKET ATTACK TO ITS GAZA OFFICE

04.05.2019

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.

Şenol KAZANCI

Chairman of the Board

Director General

ANADOLU AGENCY

 

Anadolu Agency's office hit by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip

Turkish, Palestinian officials strongly condemn attack launched

by Israeli forces

Erdogan Cagatay Zontur | 04.05.2019

JERUSALEM

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

 

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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 https://agenda.afp.com

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ANA-MPA a member of Belt & Road Economic Info Partnership set up in Beijing

Πέμπτη 27 Ιουνίου 2019 9

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

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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).

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FENA

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 (www.fena.biz) offers abundance of news and content from area of economy in local languages, whereas FENA.NEWS (www.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.

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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.

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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.

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SPEECH BY AMAN SECRETARY GENERAL - TAP/AMAN Seminar

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.

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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

 

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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.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/corporate-news/anadolu-agency-formally-inaugurates-islamabad-office/1416279

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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 https://developers.afp.com/en/ 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.

https://www.afp.com/en/agency/press-releases-newsletter/afp-extends-its-fact-checking-operation-spain-and-argentina

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6475803538231431168

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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.
 

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MAP Launches Platform Dedicated to Marketing its Archives

The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has launched the platform "maparchives.ma" 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 "mapoujda.ma".

This website will soon be followed by the launch of 11 other portals to cover all regions of the Kingdom, Mr. Hachimi Idrissi added.

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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.

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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 mapoujda.ma

Mapoujda.ma 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.

"mapoujda.ma" will be regularly fed to offer the general public a global and varied coverage of the news of this region in its various components.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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."

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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?'


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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."

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.
 

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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".

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The Oceanian-Asian Alliance of News Agencies (OANA)
 will have its General Assembly on 19 April 2019, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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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".

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3rd MEETING OF ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS FROM NEWS AGENCIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

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.

 

 

 

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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 (https://www.sana.sy/?cat=726).

 

SANA assigns correspondent in China

SANA assigned a local correspondent in the People's Republic of China.

 

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FAAPA - GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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.

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Anadolu Agency marks anniversary of Macedonian service
Macedonian President Ivanov sends congratulatory message on service's second anniversary


09.11.2017


BELGRADE, Serbia
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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Athens News Agency president visits Anadolu Agency
Anadolu Agency Director-General and Board Chairman Senol Kazanci welcomes Athens News Agency's Michalis Psilos


23.11.2017


By Nazli Yuzbasioglu and Hasan Tosun

ANKARA
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.
 

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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

ANKARA
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.
 

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Head of Yemen media center visits Anadolu Agency
Based in Istanbul, New Yemen Media Center hopes to become leading source for Yemen news coverage


25.12.2017


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

ANKARA
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.

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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

ANKARA
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.

 

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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."

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ANSA launching Industry 4.0 website

ANSA launched a specialised ANSA.it website "Industry 4.0" saying it will support Italian companies' digital innovation - http://www.ansa.it/industry_4_0/

"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."

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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."

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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.

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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. "

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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. 

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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.
 

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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.
 

 

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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.
 

 

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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.
 

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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.

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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.
 

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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".


 

 

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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 www.istanbulphotoawards.com

Please do not hesitate to use the related news at the link: 

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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
 

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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

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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

 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

 

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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."

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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 www.ednh.news. 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.
 

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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.

 

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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: http://www.cna.org.cy

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"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".
 

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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.
 

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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%).
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

 

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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
I would also like to ask you to enter your twitter account  and Follow us in order to receive the latest news
 

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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
Ø  Email:  rmrs@cyberia.net.lb

Best regards,

George Penintaex
Acting Director/Editor-in-Chief CNA
Secretary General AMAN

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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. 

STATEMENT BY AMAN BOARD IN SOLIDARITY WITH CHARLIE HEBDO


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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