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Meeting of Asia-Pacific news agency chiefs opens for 2nd day

09:35 November 08, 2019

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- Leaders of key news agencies in the Asia-Pacific region gathered Friday for their second and final day of meeting to discuss ways to cope with industry-wide challenges, such as misinformation and fake news.

Representatives of 32 news agencies in 28 countries, including three observer companies from outside the region, convened at Lotte Hotel in central Seoul for the 17th Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) General Assembly.

Aslan Aslanov, the outgoing president of OANA, speaks at the 17th OANA General Assembly in Seoul on Nov. 7, 2019. (Yonhap)

Participants are scheduled to hold panel sessions in the morning to discuss ways to incorporate technological innovations in newsrooms, as well as build trust and counter misinformation and fake news.

The general assembly will take place in the afternoon, where delegates are forecast to adopt a declaration marking the Seoul meeting and elect a new OANA president.

In the "2019 Seoul Declaration," participants are expected to voice their "active support" for denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency is set to be formally elected as the new chair of OANA to lead the regional organization and serve as its secretariat.

It will be Yonhap's first time chairing OANA since joining the group more than 30 years ago, a move that apparently reflects the status of the South Korean newswire in the global media industry.

Participants attend a panel session under the theme "Media Environment and Technological Advances in 5G Era" during the 17th OANA General Assembly in Seoul on Nov. 7, 2019. (Yonhap)

OANA, which was formed in 1961 on the initiative of UNESCO to promote regional news exchanges, has held its general assembly every three years. A total of 43 news agencies from 35 Asia-Pacific countries are members of the organization.

Members include Yonhap, China's Xinhua News Agency, Japan's Kyodo News and the TASS Russian News Agency. North Korea's Korean Central News Agency is also a member but did not attend this year's meeting.

mlee@yna.co.kr
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