First International NEO Conference has closed
… by New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: We were happy to see NEO kick off their first conference and hope to attend next year’s event.
While independent journalism has been growing very well over the last few years, as VT’s success is an American example, the emergence of a trade group organizational structure has lagged behind.
There are multiple reasons for this, two of them being the lack of time when 12 hour days do not leave much energy for down the road strategic planning, and then the intense competition for readers, even among the independent and alternative media itself.
Thus we have not been able to pull our various strengths and numbers together to take on the ongoing outrages of corporate media, primarily their being converted into a propaganda arm for special interests and even national intelligence agencies, including foreign ones.
Little Israel has been most aggressive with its friends helping to buy up entire media outlets and then do their Intel work behind the free speech and media shield laws where they exist. Our sources tell us the National Post in Canada is one of the more glaring examples.
At VT we took the approach of promoting our writing staff to other online radio and TV outlets as an obvious win/win endeavor. It increased readership for all involved. The other proof of our success has been that with all the talking heads that American corporate media puts on radio and TV, the phone never rings here at VT.
We wear their ignoring us as a badge of honor. They know we are uncontrollable and might say things that others agree not to say to get the big media exposure. Ala Robert Frost, …”We took the road less traveled,” and have never looked back
Our affiliation with NEO has added depth to VT through their vast pool of foreign policy experts that are the alumni from their top institutions. Such opportunities do not grow on trees. We look forward to building our relationship with them to make us both stronger and more relevant as a dependable source of geopolitical scholarship and commentary.
There are strong forces in America that foster eternal conflict for America with Russia and it’s people for no other reason than making money through increase defense expenditures to counter ‘the threat’. The real threat is those who would foster a false threat between us just to pick our pockets. They are our eternal enemies, and we will fight them tooth and nail… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published November 29th, 2011 –
On November 28 the first international NEO conference: “The Role of Russian and foreign electronic media in the objective coverage of the most pressing international challenges of our time” took place in the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The list of speakers included the Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, members of Corps diplomatique in Moscow and media representatives.
In his speech Dr. Vitaly Naumkin underlined the importance of objective coverage of international events, especially when the news is about such a specific region like the Middle East. According to his words the position taken by the media can equally affect political crises in a positive or negative way.
He also complimented the work of the NEO editorial board for providing the analysts from all around the globe with a platform where the most pressing concerns of our time can be freely discussed.
NEO’s Editor-in-Chief Alexander Klitsenko in his speech stressed the fact that the key issue of our time is source credibility. The media weapon of choice today are the reports of certain groups of civilians being tortured or killed.
There’s no wonder that the countries that have found themselves in the middle of an armed conflict use this kind of media propaganda against each other, even when there were no real crimes against the civilians committed.
The NATO forces won’t be able to attack Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya without blaming Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and all the Serbians in general for the nonexistent crimes against humanity.
Hussein was also held responsible for the alleged storing of WMDs that he, as the Western media told the world, could have used at any given time.
The news agencies must not tell lies, instead they should cover events as they were. But in practice Syrian civil war, the riots that took place in Egypt, the Iranian nuclear deadlock, the North Korean situation are more often than not are covered from from a particular angle that would be beneficial for certain political groups.
A lot of attention was paid to Syria’s ambassador to Moscow Dr. Riad Haddad who updated the media audience on the current state of affairs in Syria. He voiced the fact that Russian media has always been a truthful voice in the dark, that assisted the international community in finding ways out of the Syrian crisis.
He also stressed that Russia’s consistent position on Syria has been a factor that allowed the situation around this country to change for the better.
In his turn Egypt’s ambassador to Russia Mahmoud Gamil Ahmed ElDieb confined his remarks to the guests to his years as a journalist himself. From his experience – the difficulty of journalism lies in its importance. Each and every journalist can be rather dangerous when he’s writing to his fellow countrymen in times of disturbance in order to get paid by the rivalry forces.
Pakistani press counselor to Russia Raja Abdul Quaddum started his speech with expressing appreciation for the job New Eastern Outlook has been doing recently, along with the appreciation for the Russian media in general.
He underlined that the importance NEO today is lying in the combination of Russian and Western top notch authors that are capable of covering any event from completely different angles.
In his opinion the Russian media are generally wise since they now when and what is better to publish, given the current international politics state of affairs.
The guests have found that the topic that was chosen for the first NEO International Conference is in the front and center of today’s agenda.
The speakers presented the public with different viewpoints without paying any heed to national or religious differences along with providing detailed analysis of the political situations in the countries in question.
But at the same time all the speakers were unanimous in saying that the responsible objective coverage of the happening events is playing a major role on the international political stage today.
Editing: Jim W. Dean