(UPDATE) FOLLOW-UP MEETING IN JAKARTA ON PROPOSED ASEAN NEWS AGENCY

A follow-up meeting is to be held in Indonesia in September or October to discuss the mechanism for the setting up ofthe proposed ASEAN News Agency, it was stated here today.

Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) editor-in-chief Zakaria Abdul Wahab said the agreement on the meeting was reached at a roundtable on ‘ForgingCloser Cooperation among the ASEAN Media’ helmed by Malaysian Press Institute

chief executive officer Dr Chamil Wariya.

“Indonesia has agreed to host a meeting in Jakarta to find a mechanism ormethod to manage the ASEAN News Agency as well as a way to commercialise it,” he said after the close of the ASEAN Editors’ Summit 2016 here today.

The two-day meeting drew 200 participants, among them editors and seniorjournalists, from the 10 member countries of ASEAN. It served as a platform togather media practitioners and strengthen ties to disseminate news on significant changes in the region.

Earlier, in his closing speech, Zakaria said the ASEAN media faced manychallenges, including cross-border issues.

“This includes the haze from Indonesia enveloping some other ASEAN states and the kidnapping of foreigners in the southern Philippines,” he added.

He pointed out that in the pursuit of promoting ASEAN integration, the media played a crucial role and said that existing networking among the media outfits in the region was the best platform to highlight the ASEAN Community.

“That is why the ASEAN News Agency idea proposed by our Communication andMultimedia Minister Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Bernama general manager Zulkefli Salleh at the opening yesterday is worth looking into,” he said.

The ASEAN Editors’ Summit 2016 closed today with the signing of a resolution on ‘Enhancing Media Cooperation to Promote ASEAN Identity, Awareness and Intergration’.

Source: NNN-BERNAMA