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Sixth IFOCM issues Chongqing Declaration

2011-09-19 13:24    Ecns.cn     Web Editor: Xu Rui
Zhang Xinxin, editor-in-chief at China News Service, reads out the Chongqing Declaration at the closing ceremony, September 18.

Zhang Xinxin, editor-in-chief at China News Service, reads out the Chongqing Declaration at the closing ceremony, September 18.

Chongqing (CNS) -- The Chongqing Declaration, on the theme of "Overseas Chinese Media in the System of International Discourse," was released at the closing ceremony of the sixth International Forum of Chinese Media (IFOCM), Sunday.

The declaration is dedicated to the determination and confidence of global Chinese media in contributing to a more fair, balanced, and proper system of international discourse.

The following passage draws an outline of the basic content of the Chongqing Declaration.

On the occasion of a critical adjustment period for global media, the newly-emerged economies have grown more capacities in information communication, which inevitably challenges the hegemonic position of the Western power discourse.

Among all media worldwide, Chinese media, as is seen over five continents, is an essential contributor to their local diversities, as well as a vital organ of the Chinese civilization. Meeting a historical opportunity, Chinese media is obligated to increase its influence and credibility in the international community and reestablish a system of discourse that serves all equally.

One of the biggest challenges is to address the international mainstream society. Innovations will be made in management schemes to blend in the current dominance; a diversified platform will be developed to dig into the demands of the international market.

Utmost endeavors will be faithful to the fundamental professional journalism spirits of authenticity, objectivity, and fairness. Local laws, regulation, customs, and moral standards will be abided by with courtesy and good will, in order to assist the local economic and social developments, as well as to encourage communication and cooperation between China and the world.

New media, as a significant trend in the global media industry, and with various forms such as Weibo, electronic journals, cell phone news, and mobile television, has brought both risks and unprecedented exploration space for the overseas Chinese media, mostly functioning on a traditional base. A strategic transformation plan is called for to catch up with the innovative flow.

China's peaceful rise and remarkable progresses in economic reforms, cultural innovations, and social management have laid a substantial and spiritual foundation for global Chinese media.

The responsibilities of all global Chinese media involve persisting in connections with the motherland, playing a role in cultivating the international public opinion soil that understands the Chinese logic and breeds Chinese prosperity.

Chongqing, a joint organizer of this year's forum, is a key economic center at the middle- and upstream of the Yangtze River, and the only municipality in western China. Its recent governing concentrations are inhabitability, transportation, public security, forestation, and public health. The Chinese media giants, witnessing its impressive achievements, will continue paying attention to and endorsing the municipal development, which is a model case in western China.

The ending passage of the declaration is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer leader of the Chinese democratic revolution, and all heroes striving for national independence, liberty, and strength.

The global Chinese media takes the oath to fulfill the mission to bring the Chinese civilization to every corner of the world for the harmonious development of diversified world cultures and the whole of humankind.