Important discussion on difficult topics

Oct 13. Kazpravda

By Yulia Mager

Important discussion on difficult topicsOn April 25-26, 2013, Astana will host XI Eurasian Media Forum.

The event in Astana was Kazakhstan’s significant contribution to elaboration of solutions to the most important issues of our time.

The second and final day of X Eurasian Media Forum, as well as the first one, was rich in discussions and constructive debates. Opening the working session of the forum, the EAMF 2012 moderator, the founder of the English-language network channel “Al Jazeera” Riz Khan, said that previous meetings have been very informative and gave food for thought. The EAMF has become a perfect interactive platform for debating issues of both East and West, related to the work and mission of media.

Another topic was “Economic, political and socio-cultural crisis of Euro-zone: has it passed the “point of no return?” The discussion was attended by ex-PM of Greece Theodoros Pangalos, a columnist for the “Financial Times” Gideon Rachman, chief editor of the TV channel “Al-RTV” Rustam Arifdzhanov, an independent German journalist and expert for Central Asia Gunter Knabe and others. Special attention was paid to multiculturalism and resolving of the growing conflict between European and Oriental cultures, and outlook for the EU and the Euro-zone.

Another discussion was on the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, conditions and outlook for further development of economic integration influence of modern “European complications” (including the crisis of the European economy) on the unification processes in the region.

Much attention was drawn to informational and ideological support of Eurasian projects, including the Customs Union. The Eurasian integration needs a good PR, – said the deputy head of the editorial RIA “Novosti” in CIS and Baltic states Ella Taranova. – Even a most ambitious project will fail if it has not the energy of a large number of people.

The expert noted that good promotion of projects is possible by creation of many dialogue platforms and social networks. Besides, the three countries are able to establish a Eurasian information hub. The final EAMF 2012 session was devoted to the “Wikileaks” phenomena and increasing role of the Internet technologies.

Summing up the event, the chair of the organization committee of the Eurasian Media Forum Dariga Nazarbayeva appreciated the discussions and reminded that all the video materials of the sessions will be posted on the most popular Kazakh Internet portals. Besides, she offered all the interested persons to send their suggestions and comments, related to the agenda of the next, XI Forum, scheduled for April 25-26, 2013 in Astana.

The journalists, including the foreign ones, asked questions on the growing role of dialogue platforms like EAMF, quality content of the modern media, “information expansion” of major Western news agencies, as well as how Kazakhstan provides freedom of the media.

D. Nazarbayeva said the country has done a lot in order to ensure freedom of media, an inadequate legal framework, which will be improved to meet modern requirements, favorable conditions for state and non-state media.

The X Eurasian Media Forum, held in Astana for the first time, has become a significant event, where the experts shared their ideas and opinions to contribute to the development of understanding between East and West, Europe and Asia.