Proposal to set up an Asean news centre

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  • Friday, 08 Oct 2004

PHNOM PENH: Malaysia has proposed the setting up of an Asean news centre to disseminate news from the region's perspective. 

Information Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said that this was the right time to consider the formation of the centre within the Asean secretariat. 

Speaking at the Eighth Conference of Asean Ministers Responsible for Information here, he said that the centre would be served by journalists from Asean countries and would be responsible to spin positive news on all developments from the Asean perspective. 

“I sense that of late, news on Asean is no longer enjoying the headlines of major newspapers in our region as it used to be. 

“This is worrying as people might think that we are no longer active and may indeed be dormant. This can have serious ramifications on Asean as a whole,” he said in his speech themed “Towards Shared Prosperity and Destiny in a Powerful, Integrated and Caring Community.” 

Abdul Kadir said Malaysia would like to appeal to all the major newspapers within the Asean fratenity to work together in giving eminence to positive news about Asean. 

“Put us back in the front page please,” he said. 

Abdul Kadir said that apart from the newspaper, television was another powerful tool which must be used wisely to foster good relations among the people and among Asean member countries. 

“In view of this, we would like to suggest to all members of the Asean fraternity to consider airing more of the television programmes from member countries as has been laid down under the audiovisual segment of the General Agreement on Trade and Services,” he said. – Bernama 

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