Media must protect nations' independence, identity, freedom

TEHRAN, Oct. 25 (MNA) – Stating that the media must protect the independence, identity, and freedom of nations, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi called it an important mission for the media.

Raeisi made the remarks on Tuesday in a meeting with members of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), who are in Tehran for attending the 18th general assembly.

He said that the enemies are after making the world and regional countries give up their independence.

Turning to the issue of media and its mission, the president said that media should be capable of preserving the nations’ identity, freedom, and independence.

About the sanctions, the president said that they assassinate the economy of the countries adding that this sanction is the same as a military war.

They, through cultural terrorism, are also after concealing the truth, he underlined.

So, the media are responsible for protecting the identity of people of Asia and Oceania, the president stressed.

Today, the world arrogance is after changing the societies’ understandings via imposing its own thoughts, he said, adding that media has a duty to compete with such a move.

The Iranian president has stated that Tehran focuses on the policy of multipolarity and sustainable integration with a view to establishing a fair international order based on mutual respect.

"The construction of a multipolar world cannot be stopped. There are already many centers of power outside the Western world," Raeisi said.

He emphasized that only Western countries continue to impede the creation of a multipolar world, adding that a multipolar world, in particular, "is built with the help of regional organizations" such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Raeisi also pointed out that Iran's influence in the world and the region will grow with cooperation with friends. "We are serious about developing relations with Russia and other countries."

He stressed that many nations sought freedom from the United States, noting that "Iran will continue to support freedom-loving peoples."

The United States started using methods of information terrorism due to the ineffectiveness of sanctions.

"The United States has already understood that sanctions do not work. Therefore, it began to use other methods ... Information terrorism is the main problem," Raeisi said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian President said that the United States should decide on the negotiations to remove sanctions on Iran, but it delays and wastes time.

There is no deviation in Iran’s nuclear activities as the issue has already been confirmed 15 times by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the President noted.

In the talks, the Islamic Republic has spoken with reason and logic, he underlined.

“We’re determined to follow the nation’s rights,” he said, adding that removing the sanctions and foiling them are both on the agenda simultaneously.

Earlier on Monday night, the OANA members also met with the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the Foreign Ministry.

The 18th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) officially began in the Iranian capital of Tehran in the presence of Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Mehdi Esmaeili.

Around 60 senior directors, managers, and editors from 35 OANA member-states are present at the two-day general assembly of OANA to discuss various topics, including the development and strengthening of media cooperation.

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