20 June 2012

Tunisia: Delegation of Anadolu Agency Visits TAP Headquarters

Tunis — Prospects for strengthening co-operation between Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency and Turkish state broadcaster Anadolu Agency (AA) were discussed at a meeting held Wednesday between delegations of the two press agencies.

It was agreed to energise the convention signed earlier between the two sides, through exchange of visits and experiences between journalists, photo reporters and technicians.

CEO of TAP Taieb Youssefi said the agency, which was created in 1961, has striven since the Revolution of January 14 to meet a great challenge to change from a government news agency to a public information service agency.

TAP is working out a coherent programme to develop its logistic means and enhance training so that its products further meet the demands of the times, he underlined.

Mr. Youssefi also said efforts are focused now on ensuring good management and transparency of the administration and defining an editorial line that is based on professionalism, neutrality and objectivity while opening the way to opinion and dissenting opinion, away from any political orientations.

Speaking of local information, especially in marginalised areas that had sparked the Revolution, he said that TAP today grants a major importance to the development of the network of its regional offices.

AA Board Chairman and Director General Kemal Ozturk stated the commitment to strengthen the relations between the two agencies and enrich them in different areas.

He emphasised his agency's willingness to make its expertise available to TAP in order to develop its computer system and its photo service and provide training for journalists to cover the next elections.

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