The forum of the heads of the BRICS countries' leading media outlets "Towards Creating a Common Information Space for the BRICS Countries" was held at the Rossiya Segodnya International Multimedia Press Centre in Moscow.
The forum participants discussed ways to build up cooperation of the BRICS media and to create a common information space in order to strengthen the BRICS' standing in the world.
"Information interaction between the BRICS countries is taking on a new meaning in the current geopolitical situation. Our dialogue is opening up new cooperation vistas and is promoting synergy in the cooperation of the BRICS countries," said Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev.
He expressed hope for stronger interaction of the leading BRICS media outlets and said that the BRICS countries have common values and views of the multipolar world, where each country has the right to its own way of life and rate of development.
"It is crucial for the BRICS countries to create a space where they can exchange information and learn more about each other, especially when this information comes first-hand," said Denize Baccocina, Executive Superintendent for News Agencies and Digital Content at the Brazilian communications corporation EBC. She said Brazil would benefit from learning more about the realities in China, Russia, India and South Africa. The more information you have, the stronger economic integration will become.
Long Xinnan, First Vice-President of the Xinhua News Agency, said he shared his colleagues' views and focused on the unprecedented challenges in cyberspace in the current geopolitical situation. "This is why it is extremely important to strengthen cooperation between the BRICS media," he said.
The forum participants signed memoranda of intent to create a BRICS newswire and radio network. These information resources should become a new step towards a fair coverage of the current agenda in the multipolar world.
The forum's documents were signed by the top officials of the Sputnik international news agency and radio network, the Brazilian communications corporation Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC), the Indian media holding Sahara Samay, China's Xinhua News Agency and China Radio International (CRI), Africa News Agency and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (both from South Africa).
Russia's Sputnik, Brazil's EBC, and South Africa's Africa News Agency and South African Broadcasting Corporation also signed bilateral agreements on information exchange.