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Prensa Latina defends new world information order

Havana, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) The Latin American news agency Prensa Latina advocates for the establishment of a new international information order, a defense that it upholds today, close to its 65th anniversary, Argentine journalist living in Switzerland, Sergio Ferrari, highlighted.

In a video sent to its headquarters in Havana, Ferrari acknowledged the contribution of this media group in the search for an informative architecture that enhances “a new information for another possible better world”, he stressed.

The journalist and collaborator of the Agency, created on June 16, 1959, also recalled the agency’s contribution to the creation of the “pool” of Non-Aligned Press Agencies.

This initiative constituted a system of cooperation among news agencies of the Non-Aligned Movement of the United Nations (UN), which lasted from 1975 to the mid-1990s.

He also highlighted the essential values of Prensa Latina, such as the quality of information, assumed as a public good and not a commodity, and its permanent solidarity with smaller and more fragile agencies and initiatives.

Prensa Latina emerged in the context of the so-called Operation Truth, which the triumphant revolutionary government of the island (January 1, 1959) activated in order to dismantle the defamatory campaigns against it.

The first director of the news agency was Argentine journalist Jorge Ricardo Masetti (1929-1964) and renowned journalist Rodolfo Walsh (1927-1977) and Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, among other great Latin American figures, also worked for it.

Intellectuals and journalists around the world recognize the impact of Prensa Latina which, according to writer Stella Calloni: “it is an example of journalistic ethics, because it respects the right of the people to receive truthful information, in a world where hegemonic power takes over most of the mass media and technologies, sowing lies and hatred”.