The news conference of Vesale Abishva Maher Ghizi , director of A.P.A news agency from Azerbaijan, was held in special desk of Foreign Media in Tehran's Mosalla building.
30 oct 2017
Subject: "APA and aligning with modern media"
She opened up by saying "we are after close relations with Iran " Vesale started by talking about APA, and said: we started APA in 2004 and now, with 200 journalists in our 6 offices in foreign countries, it has been some 13 years that we have been active continuously.
He went on to say that in their company 8 websites, one news agency, and one T.V station are active on the internet. Their activities cover political, cultural, social and economical issues. She added that in their opinion social networks and mainstream media should cooperate and interact with each other. She also mentioned that social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube enjoy popularity in her country and this is why most western news agencies are active there and they are eager to connect with the entire world, especially Iran.
She mentioned that it is said that, regarding the isse of Gharabagh, some media in Iran sympathize with Armenian actions and that she expects more understanding of Iranian media people, especially given that" 25 percent of our soil is occupied by Armenia and this is of great importance for us and our media "
At the end she asked Iranian media for closer cooperation and relying on official Azeri news agencies and promised a reciprocal reaction from Azerbaijan media.
The news conference of Mohammed Fahim Dashti, director of the National Union of Afghanistan Journalists was held in special desk of Foreign Media in Tehran Press Festival at Tehran's Mosalla building.
Subject: "Afghan media, opportunities and challenges"
Mohammad Fahim Dashti started his lecture by speaking well of Tehran Press Conference and said there not that many placesin which people of media have direct relations with their audience. While admiring such initiatives he went on to say that Taliban' s period was a dark period for the media because there was only one radio and one newspaper, both of which were at the service of Taliban propaganda. He added that after breaking free from the yoke of Taliban, we witnessed that the Afghan media started to flourish to the point that we now have 150 T.V channels, 210 Radio stations, 700 print media and about 30 news agency but since more than 60% of Afghan people are illiterate, 30% do not have access to electricity and only 10% have internet access, very few people have access to the media.
He added that years of entanglement with war, years of deprivation, more than two centuries of suppression has collapsed the social trust and now everyone wants to vent out their pent-up frustration and say what they think is right.
Later on he covered the subject of freedom of expression by saying that in Afghanistan freedom of expression has been ratified in the constitution and there are no barrier for the media to publish anything. Despite all these positive developments, he also said that we do not have independent media because many of them do the bidding of politics groups, government institutions and foreign countries.
He also added that Radio is the media of some 70% of Afghans and social networks are also mushrooming in the country with some two million users.His final words placed emphasis on relying on Iran for improving the role of media in promoting peace, security and culture.