Venezuela: Regional News Agencies Plan New Association

Caracas, (Prensa Latina) Journalists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Paraguay and Venezuela met Thursday in this capital to plan the creation of the Latin American Union of News Agencies (ULAN), to provide a regional perspective for the global news agenda.

Issues such as organizational structure, statutes and operations of the new entity, the first in this continent with those characteristics, will be discussed for two days by the directors of nine news agencies represented at this first general assembly.

Telam (Argentina), ABI (Bolivia), Agencia Brasil, Prensa Latina (based in Cuba) Andes (Ecuador), AGN (Guatemala), Notimex (Mexico), IP (Paraguay) and AVN, in the host country, are the news agencies that decided to join efforts to give life to the initiative.

The representatives of those institutions will also meet with Venezuelan Communication and Information Minister Andres Izarra.

AVN director Freddy Fernandez said on Wednesday that the new associaton will confront the negative, anti-Latin American campaigns carried out by information monopolies in the United States and Europe.

Prensa Latina president Luis Enrique Gonzalez highlighted the importance of creating a news organization as countries in the region are taking solid steps to strengthen their integration movement.

Telam, ABI, Agencia Brasil, Prensa Latina, Andes, AGN, Notimex, IP and AVN agreed to create a regional organization to integrate news content, strengthen their information systems, coordinate coverage and exchange experiences.

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