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    Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Director General Dmitry Kiselev has opened "Towards a Common SCO Information Space," a forum of the heads of the leading Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) media outlets, in Moscow.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Organized by Rossiya Segodnya and Russia's Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media, the event brought together the SCO leading media outlet heads, including Xinhua News Agency (China), IRNA (Iran), TRT (Turkey), Kabar National News Agency (Kyrgyzstan), Khovar National Information Agency (Tajikistan), RTRK Kazakhstan, India Today Group.

    Media market leaders and experts from 13 SCO member states, observer states and dialogue partners discussed approaches to forming a common SCO information space.

    "Information cooperation is a crucial step forward in SCO development. We see our task as expanding dialogue with our colleagues, starting joint projects aimed at bringing the SCO countries closer together, and promoting neighborliness and trust," Kiselev, the forum chairman, said.

    Liu Zhengrong, secretary general of Xinhua News Agency and head of Xinhua’s delegation to the SCO media forum, stated that SCO is an important platform for safeguarding regional peace and stability, promoting common development since its establishment 14 years ago.

    "As media organizations in SCO member states, we are expected to enhance exchange and learn from each other, and to deepen cooperation while upholding the ‘Shanghai Spirit’ of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development," Liu said.

    Forum participants compared notes on media development in the SCO space and discussed challenges and mechanisms for addressing them jointly. Experts analyzed political, economic and technological factors, as well as unique national indicators in media development, the interaction between media, the public and government, and the role media play in international relations, including in the context of integration.


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