[Activities] AJA holds ‘Asia Journalists Cultural Forum’ in Gwangju, Korea


‘Asia Journalists Cultural Forum’ which was hosted by Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and organized by the Asia Journalist Association(AJA) was held in Gwangju, Korea on Sept 5, 2013. The main purpose of the forum was to promote journalist’s contribution on promoting cultural exchanges and communications between Asian countries.

Journalists from throughout Asia including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Turkey and Vietnam came together and discussed how to preserve and promote Asian culture as well as encourage communication and exchanges between Asian cultures.


The forum was consisted of two sessions; “The Media’s Role in Promoting Exchange and Prosperity of Asian Cultures” and “The conditions of Cultural Complexes in Asian Countries and the Role of Asian Culture Complex.”


In the first session, Asian journalists will share their opinions what media can or should do to promote exchange between Asian cultures.


In the second session, current status of cultural institutions such as culture complexes, organizations, museums, etc in each country will be shared. Not only sharing each country’s status, journalists will discuss the role of Gwangju Asian Culture Complex(ACC), a main facility of the Hub City of Asian Culture.


Participants list:

<Session 1>
– Moderator: IM Hyeong Ju (Korea, News Program Chief, Kwangju Broadcasting Company (KBC))
– Keynote Speakers
KEUM Gi Hyung (Korea, Director, Culture City Policy Division of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism)
Ivan Lim (Singapore, President, Asia Journalist Association)
KIM Dug-Mo (Korea, Professor, Honam University)
– Panelists
KIM Bong-Gyu (Korea, Editorial Writer, The Yeongnam Ilbo)
Ku Kilyong (Korea, NEWSIS news agency, Staff Report)
Aoyama Shuji (Japan, Seoul Bureau Chief, Hokkaido Shimbun)
Usame Zunbul (Turkey, Correspondent to Korea, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation)

<Session 2>
– Moderator
LEE Sang-ki (Korea, Publisher of The AsiaN & Magazine N, Founding President of the Asia Journalist Association)
– Keynote Speakers
JEONG Jae-sook (Korea, JoongAng Ilbo)
Ashraf Aboul Yazid (Kuwait, Editor, Al-Arabi Magazine)
LYU Hanho (Korea, Professor at Gwangju University)
CHO Deokjin (Korea, The Chief Editor, Moodeungilbo Art plus)
Lee Keon-sang (Korea, Chief Editor, Jeonnam Ilbo)
– Panelists
YOO Hyun-Ok (Korea, Editor, Munhwa-tongsin)
Dong Lie Lie (China, Publisher of Northeast Asia Newspaper)
Shafiqul Bashar (Bangladesh, News Consultant, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS))
Sophal Chhay (Cambodia, Editor-in-Chief, Cambodia News)
Radwa Ashraf (Egypt, Editor, The AsiaN Arabic)
Mak Yin Ting (Hong Kong, Hong Kong Correspondent, Radio France International)
Eddy Suprapto (Indonesia, Deputy Chief Editor, RCTI TV)
Kuban Taabaldiev (Kyrgyzstan, Director, Kabar)
Rahul Aijaz (Pakistan, Photojournalist and filmmaker)
Rosalin Garganera (Philippines, Reporter and anchor, On Target Media Concept)
Vu Duy Hung (Vietnam, Vice Director of Television Center, Vietnam News Agency)


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