TUNIS, - At the conclusion of the two-day International Symposium on "The Future of Arab News Agencies: Elements of Continuity and Challenges of Quality, held in Tunis, participants have called for more co-operation to address the challenges facing the media.

The symposium was organised by the Tunis Afrique Presse in collaboration with the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA), Emirates News Agency (WAM) and a number of Arab and international news agencies.

WAM was represented at the symposium by Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Executive Director of the agency.

The participants issued several recommendations to enhance joint action in the field of news exchange among Arab news agencies. They called for the promotion of fruitful and constructive co-operation and exchange of expertise and experiences among the Arab news agencies to meet future competitive challenges.

They recommended the development of media discourse to ensure greater credibility, objectivity and continuity of characteristics of the Arab news agencies. The participants also called for the development and diversification of the news services provided by the news agencies, taking into account the competition factor with the advanced media.

They also called for the intensification of bilateral and multilateral co-operation among the Arab counterparts, agencies and other gatherings in order to upgrade the performance of the Arab media system in terms of writing and technology, and taking advantage of other similar experiences to acquire more quality in each state.

FANA President, and Chairman and Director-General of the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah, commended the initiative of officials of Arab news agencies to discuss issues of concern twice this year.

In his closing speech, he stressed the keenness of the participants to develop the Arab media work to ensure that unbiased and transparent information reaches citizens in the Arab countries.

The Arab news agencies strive to have relations with other news agencies and media platforms based on the foundations of professionalism and objectivity in news reporting, he noted.

Al Sabah stressed that the digital platforms of traditional publishers and social media networking are still asking for more in terms of content, honesty, accuracy, and impartiality. This shows that the future of news agencies still exists, he added.

Source: Emirates News Agency