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11 September 2018

13th Belarusian media forum kicks off in Minsk

MINSK, 11 September (BelTA) – The 13th Belarusian international media forum Partnership for the Future: Digital Agenda for Media Space will be held in Minsk and Minsk Oblast on 11-14 September, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Information Ministry.

Taking part in the media forum will be about 300 representatives of nearly 30 CIS and non-CIS states, including Germany, France, Austria, Bulgaria, the United States, Israel and others. Such countries as Vietnam, Mongolia, and Bangladesh are participating in the forum for the first time.

The event is held as part of the efforts to digitalize the space of the Eurasian Economic Union, build the digital economy and information society in Belarus, produce quality changes in the activities of modern media. Special attention will be given to digital formats of media work, introduction of new media management technologies, cross-border information challenges and threats caused by an active entry of numerous online publications into the public life.

The program will also feature a plenary session with panel discussions, a school of journalism, master classes of leading foreign and Belarusian media professionals and experts.

Since 2006 the Belarusian international media forum Partnership for the Future has become a landmark international project that gathers prominent representatives of the expert and media community of the CIS and non-CIS states to discuss topical issues on the current agenda, exchange views, develop new ideas and concepts.

Its main goals are to contribute to the formation of an objective journalistic view of Belarus and its people; attract attention of the world community to the preservation of historical memory, the consolidation of the expert-media community in confronting modern challenges and threats. Every year, the theme of the media forum varies and reflects the current trends that are of interest to the international journalistic community. The first forum discussed mass media as a factor in the prevention of challenges and threats of the 21st century. In the following years, forum participants discussed social responsibility of the media, the role of the media in the globalization age, the priorities of modern civilization, patriotism and the upbringing of spirituality, the role of the historical and cultural heritage as a factor of unity, and other topics. The forums held in 2015 and 2016 celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory and the 25th anniversary of the CIS.