11th November, 2003
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting


The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has underlined the need for fostering active media brotherhood among the SAARC nations while ensuring free flow of information.

At the 3rd Conference of SAARC Information Ministers here, Shri Prasad exhorted the SAARC nations to properly use the "explosion" of new information techniques in building up better media relationship and overall development of the South Asian countries.

The Minister said that creativity in films, information and music should be welcomed and creative people in these fields should be ensured unhindered movement as a step towards strengthening the media and cultural exchange ties among the SAARC countries.

Stressing the importance of the ongoing SAARC conference, the Minister hoped that a consensus would emerge for evolution of SAARC-recognized Regional Media Forum, annual conference of editors from SAARC countries, training facilities for media persons and establishing a SAARC Media Development Fund. Shri Prasad further hoped that the conference would have fruitful deliberations on its agenda to pave way for a renewed all-round regional cooperation in information and media. He also stressed the need of ensuring free flow of information since "information is power".

Shri Prasad extended warm welcome to the Information Ministers and visiting delegates of the SAARC nations.

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