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Media leaders in call for fair news

LEADERS and representatives of worldwide media organizations yesterday endorsed a call for "accurate, objective, impartial and fair" coverage of global news events.

The call was made in a joint statement issued before they wrapped up a three-day World Media Summit in Beijing.

The representatives hoped, according to the statement, that media will promote transparency and accountability of governments and public institutions, and facilitate mutual understanding as well as exchanges of views and ideas among people from different countries and regions.

Representatives of 170 worldwide media organizations attended the summit which Chinese President Hu Jintao opened.

They agreed that the world was undergoing complicated and profound changes, noting that economic globalization, the information explosion, and the prevalence of new communication technology, plus the diversity and integration of world cultures, have provided great opportunities for media development.

The changes also "set up an important platform" for media to cover world events and global issues, the statement said.

"We hope all forms of media which are playing an important role in global media development, to seek common development by deepening cooperation between each other, learning from each other, drawing on each other's experiences and complementing each other with new ideas," it said.


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