The heads of leading media outlets from SCO member nations gathered for the forum, entitled “Towards a Common SCO Information Space,” which was held in Moscow on July 28, 2015.
"We, all the countries of the SCO, are in opposition to the mainstream media of Western countries," Mohammad Akhgari said.
He added that SCO member-states had recently come to the realization that their national media should cooperate to counter the flow of false information about their region, including Russia.
In May, a poll by ICM Research, conducted exclusively for Sputnik, revealed that over half of European and US respondents were interested in receiving information, including on the Ukrainian crisis, from news outlets other than mainstream Western media.
The SCO is an international alliance comprising Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan hold observer status while Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka are SCO dialogue partners.