MOGILEV, 27 November (BelTA) – The Second Belarusian-Russian Forum of Young Journalists "Common Vision for the Future" opened in Mogilev on 27 November. It brought together more than 150 participants from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia, and also media experts and heads of leading media outlets from four countries, BelTA has learnt.
"It is a very timely and important event in the integration processes taking place on the post-Soviet territory. In fact, Belarus is creating the single international community of young journalists. It is important that this was the suggestion of the young journalists themselves. At the first forum held in Gomel last year they suggested making it permanent,” Information Minister of Belarus Oleg Proleskovsky said when opening the forum.
According to the Information Minister, this project is completing the year of international journalistic work which was conducted by the Information Ministry in Belarus. Among the major events were the international exhibition of traditional mass media, international media forum, the Russian Press Congress, the Forum of Creative and Scientific Intellectuals, and today’s Belarusian-Russian Forum of Young Journalists.
“I am happy to see the interest in the project growing. It gathers more participants. Today in Mogilev we see, as it is now fashionable to say, the integration core - young journalists of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia. The main objectives of the forum are to enhance professional communication skills of youth, promote media, development, professional and international communication, and to form the single media community of Belarus and Russia. We also set a task to introduce our guests from other countries to Belarus. It is no coincidence that the first forum was held in Gomel, the second is hosted by Mogilev, the capital of culture of Belarus and CIS. The third one in 2014 is planned in Vitebsk and Grodno Oblasts,” Oleg Proleskovsky said.