Some 400 decision makers, media professionals and shapers of news and programming from Asia, Europe, North America, Middle East and the Pacific attended this annual conference. Almost all international broadcasting Unions and Associations supported this summit including the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Arab States Broadcasting Union, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, European Broadcasting Union, Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association, South African Broadcasting Association, AMIC, United Nations, ITU, UNESCO, UN-ESCAP etc.

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi presented a keynote address on “The Challenges of Multi-Religious, Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Cultural Societies”.

President Mohammad Khatami was also among the prominent statesmen, heads of regional groupings and high-ranking officials who presented the keynote topic addresses. Asia Media Summit 2004 is a major media event which is annually attended by decision makers of broadcasting and news especially CEOs, senior editors and journalists. Return

The participating scholars submitted the following articles to the conference:

Speakers at specialized committees of the International Forum of News Agencies - Coalition for Peace (IFNA-CP) on Tuesday evening condemned Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations theory as framework for expansion of warmongering at global level.

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) College Professor Peyman Jalili elaborating the theoretical foundations of Huntington's controversial theory, said: "Imagining different civilizations as a disintegrated phenomena is simple-mindedness and an oversimplification of universal matters."

He further elaborated, "the people of Iran and Nigeria, for instance, belong to two different cultures and civilizations, that are integrated in each other within the larger Islamic civilization, and therefore it is impossible to talk about total disintegration between the cultures of these two people."

He said that with the widespread development of technology, the world nations become more in touch with each other than ever imagined in the past, and feel closer to each other at an accelerating trend. 

Jalili argued, "When the initiator of the Clash of Civilizations theory devised his idea two decades ago, he never thought his scientific work would serve as the framework for warmonger plans of    the politicians of a country that is the most serious threat against global peace and stability today."

Allameh Tabatabaie University Professor, Dr. Rahaman Sa'idi, too, said that the idea of waging war to safeguard global security is foiled even before being put to trial.

He then turned to elaborate on the sensitive role played by news agencies in promotion of peace at global level.

Sa'idi said that western mentality and the aggrandization of poverty and deficiencies in the Third World countries are among the general features of all leading Western news agencies.

Dr. Mohammad-Reza Dehshiri from the International University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, too, said that taking full advantage of all possibilities of the modern mass media is the only way to achieve success in an international coalition for peace.

He called the modern world the arena of the global mass media and close communications among the world nations, arguing that even the contacts among the world leaders are made possible through mass media today, unlike the past, and under such circumstances, the news agencies can play a most essential role in promotion and strengthening the foundations of peace at global level.Return

Head of the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations, Ataollah Mohajerani, said that American scientists are invited to attend the seminars held in Iran to promote the culture of dialogue among Americans.

Mohajerani told the Japanese Ambassador to Tehran, Takekazu Kawamura that mutual understanding is necessary for dialogue. He invited the US people to contribute to Dialogue among Civilizations.

The Iranian official said that at present, President Mohammad Khatami's idea of Dialogue among Civilizations provides the best chance for materialization of peace, dialogue and friendship. He regretted that some countries seek to achieve their interests mostly through war and under the present conditions his centre is concentrating all its efforts to restore and propagate peace and friendship among other countries.

Mohajerani said Iran is keen on launching cultural dialogue with Japan.

Takekazu Kawamura, for his part, said that Tokyo is ready to prepare a suitable ground for promoting the idea of civilizational dialogue. He emphasized that his country is interested in organizing joint seminars with the participation of Iranian and Japanese scientists.Return

Director of Uzbek Information Agency (UzA) Mamatkul Khazratkulov here on Sunday described the International Forum of News Agencies (IFNA) - Coalition for Peace as significant news event aimed at materializing world peace.

He said that such forums play a decisive role in creating a peaceful atmosphere against hostile stance of some countries.

Referring to the current century as an era of information and news, Khazratkulov said, "The media can present correct information and news to the people across the world and prepare them for real peace. Nothing is more important than peace for the human community."

He stressed the significance of the commitment by news agencies to present correct information and news and said that dialogue and exchange of views among news agencies in a healthy atmosphere is the only way to draw up a news framework in opposing distorted news.

It is necessary to institutionalize such forums to promote and achieve global peace, he added.

"All news agencies, which are not manipulated by the ruling powers should find a way to tackle problems facing correct news dissemination.

He added that the direct exchange of information is the most significant criteria for cooperation between two news agencies.

He said that the people should be aware of what takes place across the world, besides being informed on the events happening in their immediate vicinity.

He added that such a goal might be achieved through mutual cooperation and without the interference of world powers.

The first International Forum of News Agencies (IFNA) - Coalition for Peace organized by the Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA) is slated for October 15-16 in Tehran.Return

Iran's International Tourism Fair will be held here from October 8-12.

 Announcing this, the head of the center in charge of organizing the fair, Hashem Assadzadeh told reporters on Sunday that the aim in organizing the fair is to raise the number of tourism exchanges.

He said that more than 55 Iranian and 14 foreign companies would be attending the fair.

He said 1.2 million foreign tourists visited Iran last year and this figure, which is expected to increase up to more than two million in the current year. Return

The Chief Editor of the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Ghazi al-Deib, termed Iran's wise regional and international efforts as "harbingers of peace and security" in the world. 

Al-Deib renewed Iran's initiative of holding the upcoming `International Forum of News Agencies - Coalition for Peace (IFNA) Conference' as a driving force to perpetuate and globalize President Mohammad Khatami's initiatives of `Dialogue among Civilizations" and "Coalition for Peace". 

He said that the conference would be a great chance to convert the 21st century into the century of peace and dialogue and to put an end to discords among civilizations, religions and hegemonies in the context of anti-terror campaign.

The Syrian official hoped that world news agencies would cooperate in writing "global charter of Coalition for Peace" against "Coalition for War" through their presence in Tehran.

He proposed that Tehran's charter stress the importance of the establishment of peace on the basis of United Nations resolutions, international conventions with respect to the nations' absolute right to decide their fate, co-existence between nations, ending the policy of occupation and fight against global organized terrorism.

Al-Deib called regional and international news agencies to prepare the grounds for the establishment of coalition for peace, which he cited as the main objective of Tehran's charter.

"Unfortunately, denial of regional states' call for restoration of peace and security and superpowers' insistence to continue with their policy of committing injustice in the case of other nations as well as non-adherence to administration of justice, security and tranquility have made the world unstable," he said.

He went on to say that Tehran meeting should work out and propose logical and practical strategies, and convince world's news agencies to play a role in striking a balance among the world states.

He expressed hope that nations would in light of the balance lead a peaceful and tranquil life.

The journalist called massive assault on Arabs, Muslims and Islamic religion and civilization as an organized terrorism against thought, especially that by international Zionism. 

He hoped that Tehran meeting would reach consensus to counter the ugly phenomenon. If logic, justice, rationalism and wisdom dominate the world free from any domination by owners of the economic, military and cultural powers, the world would admit all the IFNA participants as active members to the coalition for peace, concluded al-Deib.

IRNA is to hold a conference of the news agencies with a theme of "coalition for peace" in Tehran from October 14-15 and has invited 79 foreign news agencies to take part in the international conference. President Mohammad Khatami called for "Coalition for Peace" last  year in response to the US call to form a coalition for war.Return

Head of Turkmen State News Service (TSNS) Jeren Taimova here Tuesday welcomed the Islamic Republic of Iran's News Agency's initiative to hold the International Forum of News Agencies - Coalition for Peace and underlined the need for such a coalition in today's world.

Taimova, in an exclusive interview with IRNA, said that President Mohammad Khatami's initiative on dialogue among civilizations and the warm global response to this as well as the International Forum of News Agencies - Coalition for Peace indicates Iran's eagerness to promote dialogue and peace.

Expressing her country's readiness to attend the forum, Taimova said, "Given that Turkmenistan is committed to a policy of neutrality, peace and reconciliation, it will have much to say at the forum.

"The present forum provides a real opportunity to present the outlooks of our country on regional issues including that about Afghanistan and submit proposals for solving them," she added.

Referring to Iran as a country with rich history and culture, she said that the Iranian society is quite developed and pursues an independent attitude, which is of great significance.

Turning to the role of news agencies in materializing a world without violence, she said, "It has been said since old days that news reporters dominate the world and the news agencies might serve as the basic pivot to reach good understanding and materialize Iran's initiative of dialogue among civilizations.

She added, "The news agencies might contribute to providing suitable grounds for friendship and cooperation. Knowledge and awareness assists the public get a proper understanding on the global condition."

She said that the dissemination of news leads to both awareness of the people and their introduction to one another. These should serve as the main cornerstone for the cooperation between the news agencies.

Expressing the readiness of TSNS to cooperate to this respect, she said that it would launch an Internet site, which will mainly focus on promoting peace and understanding worldwide.

The upcoming International Forum of News Agencies - Coalition for peace is due to be held in Tehran on October 15-16 and will be attended by the heads of over 100 national, regional and international news agencies.Return