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Asian media told to collaborate as voice of the region
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16:11, April 02, 2008

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Asian media should collaborate to address the unbalanced flow of information in the world and voice Asia''s concerns, according to senior media figures from the region.

Editors from leading media outlets in Asian countries have expressed concern over faithful reporting in an era where the Western media dominates the world''s information flow.

Xia Jixuan, vice-president of China Radio International, said faster delivery of news and wider coverage has not reduced conflict between nations. And modern technology has failed to resolve misunderstandings.

"We cannot ignore the fact that an unbalanced flow of information helps to strengthen stereotypes or even prejudices among global villagers," said Xia, who has worked as a journalist covering international issues with the country''s most far-reaching radio station.

Riyadi Suparno, managing editor of the Jakarta Post, agreed.

Riyadi said that while Asian media should take part in the process of international media integration, it should continue to serve as the voice of the Asian community in the global exchange of views.

Riyadi suggested capable Asian media outlets, especially those with enough resources, should expand their coverage beyond Asia.

"In this way, we could reduce the domination or monopoly of information generation and supply from the developed countries in Europe and North America," Riyadi said.

The media experts agreed that closer partnerships had already been forged in Asia.

According to Riyadi, cooperation in the form of the Asia News Network is helping to strengthen the region''s media positioning in the global market.

Established eight years ago, ANN''s membership has grown from seven to 15 newspapers, representing nations that cover about half of the world''s population.

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