A five-day conference of ministers and officials was opened in New Delhi on Thursday (8 July) by the Indian Prime minister, Indira Gandhi.
A five-day conference of ministers and officials was opened in New Delhi on Thursday (8 July) by the Indian Prime minister, Indira Gandhi. The conference will be discussing way of improving news exchange among non-aligned countries.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting will try to form a pool among the existing news agencies within the non-aligned grouping. The delegates heard the Tunisian Minister for Information, Mustapha Masmoudi, call for an organisation to rival the world's major news agencies. He said that Third World countries desperately needed an efficient instrument to make their voices heard. Conference President, Vidya Charan Shukla, India's Minister for Information and Broadcasting, urged decisions on the financing and operation of a non-aligned pool as a first step. He said that affluent societies still treated news and information as a commodity rather than as service. Their interests in world affairs were different to those of the non-aligned countries. Mr. Shukla called on the member nations to co-operate in the creation of a new international news service.
Mr. Shukla's call was echoed by Mrs. Ghandi when she said that it was time the non-aligned countries were self-reliant in their sources of information.