|Source:||NKR MFA Press Service|
Within October 12-15, the 5th Pan-Armenian forum of journalists entitled ‘The Challenges of the 21st Century: Informational Security and the Armenian Journalism’ took place in the capital town of the Republic of Artsakh (NKR) - Stepanakert.
About 200 journalists, leaders and correspondents of the Armenian Diaspora mass media, Armenian journalists of foreign non-Armenian mass media, from 26 states, in particular, the Russian Federation, the USA, Australia, Argentine, the Ukraine, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, Canada, Syria, Turkey, the UAE, Lebanon, Cyprus, India, Greece, France, Georgia, Uruguay, Estonia participated in the forum.
The conference was initiated by the RA Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. Among the conference organizers were the Pan-Armenian Association of Mass Media and the RA Union of Journalists.
“Pan-Armenian Forums should be held both in Yerevan and Stepanakert in order that compatriots all over the world can get acquainted with Artsakh in place, gain strength from the heroic land and people, be encouraged, and have a real idea of Artsakh and its heroic deed”, noted RA Minister of Diaspora Affairs Hranush Hakobian.
Discussions on the issues of modern challenges and informational security, the current situation in the Armenian press, the existing problems in this sphere and the ways of their resolution, formation of a free and informed society, and others took place at the forum. In particular, the participants noted the necessity of opposing the Azerbaijani-Turkish propagandistic machine, which actively spreads distorted information on the Karabakh issue all over the world.
Among others, the participants' attention was focused on the new urgent factors and problems in the traditional Armenian communities of Ciscaucasia. The domestic problems of Armenian self-organization, both within the region and whole Russia, are supplemented to the region’s problems – interrelations with the authorities and other local ethnic communities – also by the factor of new migration streams within Ciscaucasia.
Within the forum, a TV-bridge with journalists from Los Angeles and Beirut took place, and various spheres of the modern Armenian journalism were discussed.
As a result of the forum, a statement was issued, covering the nationwide priorities in journalism, such as consolidation of the Armenian national statehood, peaceful and fair resolution of the Karabakh issue, international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, creation of an efficient Pan-Armenian information system, provision of informational security, resistance to the anti-Armenian propaganda, presentation of the achievements of Armenia, Artsakh, and the Diaspora, as well as the national values to the international community, etc.
The conference participants also familiarized with the places of interest in Artsakh, visited the 13th century’s Gandzasar Monastery in the NKR Martakert region, and the museum of the ancient city of Tigranakert.
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