Tehran (IP) - The Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance stresses that media terrorism is doomed to failure.

Iran PressIran news: The 18th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) officially began in Tehran on October 24, 2022.

In response to the Iran Press over the formation of a regional media bloc to stand against western media terrorism, Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaili stated that holding meetings such as the OANA helps to broadcast the truth and prevent the publication of fake news.

Esmaili noted: "We will soon submit complaints to international legal authorities through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international institutions to prosecute those media outlets which try to act against the country by broadcasting falsehoods."

He highlighted that the Iranian government is active and effective in facing enemy-led media outlets.

In his further remarks, the official added: The presence of 50 active news agencies from all countries of the region and the Asian continent at the Tehran summit proves Iran's high capacity in the media sector as one of the leading countries in the region.

The minister said the media threats are not allocated to Iran and can threaten any independent nation and freedom in any point of the world.

In conclusion, he said: "The arrogant US is openly pursuing media terrorism today because they could not achieve what they intended through military, cultural, and economic war."

The OANA was established on December 22, 1961, in a bid to facilitate information dissemination among regional countries with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Fars, and Mehr news agencies are the three media agencies in Iran representing the Islamic country in the OANA.

IRNA was one of the organization's first members and presided over it between 1997 and 2000; then, the Iranian news agency acted as the vice chairman of the regional organization in 2016, and now IRNA is a member of the executive committee of OANA.

Yonhap from South Korea has served as the president of OANA for recent years, with some news agencies acting as vice chairmen from Azerbaijan Republic, Russia, China, and Turkey.


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