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Bureau Chief: Impartiality Is Impossible Battle AP Cannot Win

Bureau Chief: Impartiality Is Impossible Battle AP Cannot Win
Bureau Chief: Impartiality Is Impossible Battle AP Cannot Win

AP’s official policy has been and still is to try and remain impartial as much as possible, but even with rules, that’s almost impossible to obtain for the world’s oldest news agency.

Stating the above on Monday at the 21st International Press Exhibition, Ali Akbar Dareini, the Acting Bureau Chief of AP in Tehran, told a news conference that this applies even to AP’s news and reports about Iran’s nuclear program as well as the ongoing wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. In his words, “For the Associated Press, impartiality is still essential policy for robust news coverage - although personal views and tastes of its reporters and journalists also have an impact on the final materials.”

Dareini stressed that there is no sign that things are different for other correspondents and media outlets either. “Global media outlets cannot succeed in convincing the most knowledgeable section of their audiences that they are indeed impartial. No one can,” he added.

In conclusion, AP’s Acting Bureau Chief said the battle for “impartial coverage” is a lost battle for everyone, and that despite the efforts, there is no winning along this road.

The Associated Press is an American multinational nonprofit news agency headquartered in New York City. The AP is owned by its contributing newspapers, radio, and television stations in the United States, all of which contribute stories to the agency and use material written by its staff journalists. AP opened its office in Tehran in late 1990s.

Nov 9, 2015 18:07
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