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Iranian, Algerian media need to cooperate to address assaults

Algeria, Iran and Algeria have been under attacks by domineering countries and to counter such attacks the news agencies in the two nations need to strengthen ties, said the head of Algeria Press Service (APS).

'With regards to the numerous commonalities between Iran and Algeria, it is necessary to strengthen relations between the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) and APS,' Abdelhamid Kacha told IRNA during a recent exclusive interview in the Algerian capital, Algiers, adding that developing stronger media relations can lead to stronger political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries.

'After signing the memorandum of understanding, the two parties should fortify their relations and discuss issues of common interest along with practicing mutual respect,' Kacha added.

Due to various reasons, including geopolitical ones, Iran and Algeria have been under attack of big international media, Kacha said.

Iran and Algeria are committed to their national sovereignty and try to maintain their independence when making decisions, he said.

That's why they have been targeted by misleading attacks by certain media, the APS chief said, adding that both countries are always prejudged while domineering countries do not want Iran and Algeria to stand on their own feet.

Regardless of the fact that the two countries have been under constant attacks by some media, these assaults tend to get stronger with a variety of shapes and types to influence the public opinion and, Kacha said.

'Since the beginning of the last century when the Eastern Bloc disintegrated, the aggression has become stronger and diversified while modern media, such as social media, are being used as well,' he said.

He added that Iran is among few countries that has developed a strong and active information system to counter hostile moves of the mainstream media and safeguard its citizens against foreign media attacks.

'We try to expand our ties with the news agencies in neighboring countries and especially the ones that hold a view similar to ours, Kacha said.

'We try to use the experiences of such agencies,' he added.

He also said that the political relations between Iran and Algeria are at a good level and should continue. But the cultural and economic ties, he said, are not at the same level yet and the authorities in the two countries intend to expand them.

He also reiterated that IRNA is the main source of news used by Algerians to get information about Iran.

Kacha, who had traveled to Tehran to take part in the Non-Aligned Movement in 1992, said, 'The trip was a valuable experience although it didn't aim at strengthening media cooperation, we discussed issues with many Iranian and IRNA authorities. There I found out that Iranian authorities have a respect for Algeria.'

His second trip to Iran was in 2016 as the communications minister.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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