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    Third world nations have been meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to set up their own international news agency.

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    GV ZOOM INTO CU Egyptian Minister of Information Gamal el-Eteify, speaking in arabic, addressing non-aligned nations news agency meeting in Cairo, and Indian Minister of State Mohamed Younis listening

    GVs Delegates listening (5 shots)

    SCU Younis making statement after meeting in English

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: INDIAN MINISTER OF STATE MOHAMED YOUNIS: "We covered quite a good piece of ground. We have been exchanging news and we have been collecting lot of information about facilities available in various countries of this region -- in Asia, in Africa and in Latin America. We have collected a lot of information and as I said the exchanges of new had already helped us to present before our people a new concept of news, the development activities, about the activities in the field of sports, art, culture -- anything. And now during this meeting we will try to resolve a more comprehensive, more suitable machinery for exchanging this ;information and for making news of all the information which is at our disposal."


    Mr. Olof Wahlgren of Sweden, the president of the International Press Institute (IPI) has said that the institute is not opposed to the idea of the third world establishing its own news agency. But they should not be state-controlled, and should be a complement to existing agencies to increase the flow of information from the developing countries, he said. The IPI has a membership of 2,000 western newspapers, news media chiefs, and publishers -- whose main objective is to preserve and improve news freedoms throughout the world.

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    Background: INTRODUCTION
    Third world nations have been meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to set up their own international news agency. The proposal to set it up was adopted at the 1976 Non-aligned nations summit conference.

    SYNOPSIS: The idea has been strongly promoted by the non-aligned countries since the summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, in August last year. The so-called "Colombo Action Programme" adopted at the end of the conference aimed at establishing a new international economic order through joint action, co-operation and self-reliance. Dr. Gamal el-Eteify, Egypt's Minister of Information, is as important as technological self-reliance.

    The meeting in Cairo is the first regular session of the Coordination Committee set up last year. It represents another effort at mutual co-operation between news agencies of non-aligned countries to enable them to exchange news directly. The non-aligned news Pool, with almost all of the 86 member countries participating, has been developing rapidly. At a news conference in Cairo Mr. Mohamed Younis, India's Minister of State, said that new forms of co-operation were discussed at the meeting.

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