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AFP Seminar for Med journalists to be held in Cyprus
2004-11-10 09:33:07

Nicosia, Nov 10 (CNA) -- Journalists and IT specialists from 14 national news agencies of the Mediterranean region will participate in a training seminar on ''News Agencies Multimedia Services over the Internet'' to be held in Nicosia on November 11-12. The seminar is organised and funded by Agence France - Presse for the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), as part of the Alliance's training programme for 2003-2006.

The seminar will be opened by Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides. Welcoming remarks will be made by the President of AMAN, Director General of ATA Frrok Cupi, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CNA Aristos Aristotelous and Nicosia-based AFP Regional Director for the Middle East Pierre Taillefer. The 20 members of AMAN have introduced or are in the process of introducing multimedia news services for their subscribers and look forward to taking advantage of the information and experiences to be offered by the seminar. Participating in the seminar, in addition to AFP, are the news agencies AMI of Mauritania, ANA of Greece, ANSA of Italy, APS of Algeria, ATA of Albania, CNA of Cyprus, JANA of Libya, MAP of Morocco, MENA of Egypt, NNA of Lebanon, TANJUG of Serbia-Montenegro, TAP of Tunisia and WAFA of the Palestine Authority. Presentations will be delivered by AFP Online Editor Pascal Taillandier, Regional Director for the Middle East Pierre Taillefer, and Head of Multimedia Unit in Nicosia Nathalie Samaha Martin. Assisting with preparations is CNA in its capacity as Secretary General of the Alliance. The opening ceremony will take place tomorrow at 0930 local time (0730 GMT) at the Hilton Park Hotel in Nicosia.

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