Chinese president urges world media to uphold social responsibilities

10:50, October 09, 2009      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday urged global media to uphold social responsibilities to promote the "true, correct, comprehensive and objective communication of information."

Hu made the remarks while delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Media Summit, which gathered about 300 representatives from more than 170 media outlets from around the world.

"Nowadays, we see the strengthening influence of the media on international politics, economy, society and culture. We also see the growing influence of the media on people's thinking, work and life," he said.

"Just for this reason, it is more important than ever before that the media should establish and uphold social responsibilities," he said.

For the media to be widely accepted and respected, and to increase their credibility and influence, they should constantly abide by basic journalistic principles, objectively report the reality of the multi-polarity of the world, economic globalization and diverse civilizations, Hu said.

"They should fully reflect the main aspects and trends of development in various countries and passionately encourage the development and progress of developing countries," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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