The Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) was founded in Bangkok on December 22, 1961 at the First General Assembly of Asian news agencies on the initiative of UNESCO. Organization was formed to secure direct and free exchange of news between the news agencies of a region inhabited by more than one half of the world's population.
The Asia-Pacific countries account for 56 percent of world gross product, some 50 percent of its trade turnover, over 60 percent of its maritime and nearly 25 percent of air transport volume. The world's largest financial reserves and science-intensiv e technologies are concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region.
At present OANA brings together 44 news agencies from 35 countries.
OANA members are responsible for two-thirds of information circulated throughout the world.
Trustworthiness is TASS’ key asset for which it has always been famous for, and this feature remains the news agency’s highest priority for all the products it delivers.
More than 5,000 corporate subscribers across Russia and the world are recipients of TASS products. Among them are 1,000 mass media organizations, 200 diplomatic missions, 250 financial companies and banks, and 200 industrial enterprises, research and educational organizations and libraries.
Sponsored by the Xinhua News Agency, the state and worldwide news agency in China, Xinhuanet.com is a backbone with global influence among key national websites. On the strength of Xinhua's 150 subsidiaries all over China and the world, Xinhuanet.com has formed a global news and information gathering network to provide authoritative, substantial and timely news and information, as well as a large amount of on-the-spot reports, exclusive reports and brilliant multi-media reports.
Xinhuanet.com consists of the Beijing head network, 32 local channels throughout China and 10 subsidiary websites of the Xinhua News Agency. With sophisticated technology and equipment, and a safe and reliable system, Xinhuanet.com ranks first in China in the network platform and is known as an "aircraft carrier" for Chinese websites.
Collecting news and information around the world and covering major events at home and abroad, Xinhuanet.com releases news around the clock in seven languages, namely, Chinese (GB, Big5), English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese and updates more than 4,500 news items every day. It is thus known as the "collector of on-line news and information in China."
Yonhap News Agency plays a central role in the South Korean press by delivering news to its customers as well as newspaper, broadcasters, government agencies, business and Internet Portals on a real-time basis.
Yonhap News is South Korea's leading news agency. It delivers domestic and overseas news in real time. The organization has the largest number of journalists among South Korean media companies -- more than 570 -- and they are dedicated to producing fair and balanced news. Yonhap reporters are spread across a vast network at home and abroad, working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They cover all news topics from politics, business and social issues to culture and sports. The agency produces more than 3,000 news items daily, including articles, photos, graphics and video. These items are serviced to some 180 local news outlets, more than 120 portals and new media platforms, some 210 government ministries and local authorities, and around 250 private businesses. Fulfilling its role as a "window of news," Yonhap News is partnered with 83 news agencies in 70 countries to bring the latest news from the Korean Peninsula to the world.
KAZINFORM is a leading national news agency, the first one in Kazakhstan to get international level status. For over 95 years, media agency has been a reliable and efficient source of information about politics, economy, education, health, sports, culture and other key components of society. Kazinform transmits official information on the activities of the Presidential Administration, Parliament, and Government, regional authorities, national financial and industrial structures.
Broadcasting is in Kazakh, Russian and English languages. For compatriots who live abroad and do not know Cyrillic, there is news in Latin and Arabic. In the short term, the Agency plans to launch Chinese and Spanish versions of the portal. The Agency’s central office is in Astana. Almaty, the financial and cultural center of the country has correspondents’ office. Kazinform has a network of correspondents, unrivaled among domestic news agencies. There are 15 corresponding offices in all regions of the country, including Baikonur, and foreign representations in Russia, China, Turkey, UAE, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. This allows the Agency to transfer on-line objective and coherent picture of events in the country and the world. In future, the Agency plans to have correspondents’ offices in the United States, Spain, South Korea, Germany, Israel, Brazil and India.
Today Kazinform enters TOP- 10 among Kazakhstan’s online news agencies.229 countries are users of www.inform.kz. The high performance of the Agency is due to its commitment to the best traditions of journalism, innovative approaches to the creation of quality content, advanced technological base and teamwork of professionals. Kazinform team includes well-known TV and radio journalists, the award winners of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, winners of international and regional competitions, winners of honorary degrees and awards. In December, 2015 the Agency passed certification of quality management system according to requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 standard
KYODO NEWS, founded in November 1945 as a nonprofit cooperative organization, is the leading news agency in Japan. Kyodo covers accurately and promptly the ever-changing developments in Japan and the rest of the world, distributing news around the clock to domestic and overseas news media as well as international organizations and institutions. Most Japanese newspapers and broadcasting stations subscribe to Kyodo.
Operating with an annual budget from membership dues and other subscription revenues, Kyodo is completely independent of government and commercial interests.
It has built a reputation as the most reliable, integrated news agency in Japan, distributing not only news stories but also photos, graphics, audio and video scripts. As one of the most influential news agencies in Asia, Kyodo offers English-language and Chinese-language services in addition to Japanese-language service.
The National News Agency of Malaysia or BERNAMA, a statutory body, was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1967 and began operations in May 1968.
A five-member Supervisory Council appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is created to ensure that BERNAMA is always guided by the provisions of the Act in implementing its objectives.
BERNAMA is managed by a Board of Governors appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Board comprises a Chairman and six representatives each from the Federal Government and Newspapers that are subscribers of BERNAMA. They each have alternate members who are also appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The BERNAMA management is headed by a General Manager who is assisted by a Management Committee that implements all programmes and activities as well as decisions of the Board of Governors.
The agency has its offices in all the states in Malaysia and correspondents in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and stringers or retainers in United States Of America, Nepal and Europe.
Equipped with fully computerised operations, it provides general and economic news services and screen-based real time financial information services to subscribers in Malaysia and Singapore.
BERNAMA’s role as a source of reliable and latest news is well known among local and international media including government agencies, corporations, universities and individuals nationwide.
Most Malaysian newspapers and electronic media and other international news agencies are BERNAMA subscribers. BERNAMA is operating in the information industry, which is competitive but has tremendous growth potential.
Previously BERNAMA’s news and information were only in the form of text and still photographs but with the launching of its audio-visual unit known as BERNAMA News Channel (previously known as BERNAMA TV) in September 1998, news is now available in the form of visuals.
BERNAMA is continuously conducting research to upgrade the quality of its products and services which include real-time financial information, real-time news, an electronic library, dissemination of press releases, event management, photo and video footage.
The Internet has opened up new opportunities for BERNAMA in disseminating its news and information services directly to the public. This is done through its own web sites and through other web sites. BERNAMA is also offering value-added news packages for Internet entrepreneurs maintaining their own web sites.
In order to achieve long-term success, continued investment and business development are of the paramount importance for BERNAMA.
Since its inception on December 13, 1937, ANTARA has been playing a role as a news agency of the people's struggle for helping reach Indonesia's national independence as it voiced the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Indonesia worldwide in 1945.
ANTARA has been officially serving as a National News Agency since 1962. It was declared as a public corporation in July, 2007. With 32 bureaus nationwide, a number of representative offices and correspondents abroad, ANTARA is now trusted to be the president of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agency (OANA) for the 2007-2010 period.
As a national information emissary, ANTARA remains on the front line to strive for the national development and maintain the national dignity through dissemination of news on Indonesia throughout the country and
abroad under its motto Fast, Accurate and Important.
In December 2008, ANTARA has achieved ISO 9001-2000 certification for its editorial directorate. ISO 9001-2000 a specifies requirements for a quality management system has become a concrete evidence for all of ANTARA people's commitment to extend management transformation to make the quality management system stronger than before.
The Azerbaijan State News Agency – (AZERTAC) is a major news and information agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the only source of the official government news.
AZERTAC, founded by the Government of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on March 1, 1920, functioned under various names during the Soviet period.
The Agency restored its historical name after Azerbaijan regained state independence. From March 3, 1995 to January 17, 2000, the agency bore the name "State Telegraph Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers", and then was renamed "Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency".
Along with the official government information, AZERTAC wires in Azerbaijani, English, Russian, French, German, Arabic and Chinese languages the round-the-clock news covering all spheres of life in Azerbaijan including politics, economy, culture, sports, health, environment and others.
AZERTAC has international cooperation agreements with Montsame (Mongolia). In 2004, AZERTAC joined the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and 2008 the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA).
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the joint opening ceremony of the 5th News Agencies World Congress and the 16th OANA General Assembly at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.
Almost 200 journalists from 80 countries representing more than 130 leading news agencies of the world from five continents discussed topical problems of media at the 5th News Agencies World Congress in Baku.
The Vietnam News Agency (VNA), a governmental agency, is the official State news provider of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
As the only news agency of the whole country, the State-run VNA is responsible for publishing official information and documents of the Party and State; providing information in service of the Party leadership and State management; and collecting and providing news through various forms to mass media agencies, the public,and readers of all kinds at home and abroad.
The VNA is a media complex consisting of 32 affiliates.They comprise news units providing source news for domestic and foreign media outlets. There are five editorial departments: the Domestic News Department, the World News Department, the News Department for Foreign Service, the Economic News Department and the Press Photography Department. There are two source news centres, the Vietnam News Agency Television Centre (VNews) and Database - Documentation Centre. The VNA also has various publication and press bodies,with 10 news sources: the News newspaper, the Sports & Culture newspaper, the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region pictorial, Science & Technology monthly magazine, Vietnam Plus e-newspaper, Vietnam Pictorial, Viet Nam News, Le Courrier du Vietnam, Vietnam Law & Legal Forum and Vietnam-Korea Times weekly. It also has a television channel; a publishing house; five news support centres; and two printing, trade and services companies.
The Islamic Republic News Agency (Persian: خبرگزاری جمهوری اسلامی), or IRNA, is the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is government-funded and controlled under the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The agency also publishes the newspaper Iran. As of 2010, the Managing Director of IRNA is Mohammad Khodaddi. IRNA has 60 offices in Iran and 30 more in various countries around the world.
Founded in 1995 as a private media outlet in Azerbaijan, Trend News Agency is a leading news provider in the Caucasus, Caspian and Central Asian region. Trend has established the Trend Expert Council, bringing together about 40 well-known independent experts from the region and the West.
In 2010, Trend was admitted to the membership of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA). Trend was recognized "The Best News Company" in 2006-2007 in Azerbaijan, and in 2008 received the Brand Award Azerbaijan-2008. Eurasian Television and Radio Academy, jointly with RIA Novosti, recognized Trend News the most dynamically developing resource in Eurasia in 2008.
With permanent correspondents based in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as in several European countries, Trend produces roughly 500 articles per day in English, Russian, Azerbaijani, Farsi, and Arabic.
Trend offers its clients high-quality multimedia materials, analytical reports and feature articles highlighting major political and economic developments and financial articles from top experts.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the state news agency of North Korea that was established on December 5, 1946. The agency portrays the views of the North Korean government for foreign consumption.
As one of several news agencies operating in the DPRK, KCNA daily reports news for all the North Korean news organizations including newspapers, radio and television broadcasts via Korean Central Television and the Korean Central Broadcasting System within the country. In December 1996, KCNA began publishing its news articles on the Internet with its web server located in Japan. Since October 2010, stories have been published on a new site, controlled from Pyongyang, and output has been significantly increased to include world stories with no specific link to North Korea as well as news from countries that have strong DPRK ties.
In addition to Korean, KCNA releases news articles in English, Russian and Spanish. KCNA has press exchange agreements with around 46 foreign news agencies including Itar-Tass and Xinhua News Agency and South Korea's Yonhap News Agency with correspondents and bureaux in six countries, including Russia and China. In 2004, the agency had employed 2,000 people.
The history of Anadolu Agency (AA) is almost identical to that of the Republic of Turkey. Having been founded on April 6, 1920, 17 days before the Turkish Grand National Assembly convened first time, Anadolu Agency helped announce the first legislation by the Assembly that established the Republic. Anadolu Agency witnessed all stages of the National Struggle, the War of Liberation and reforms of the Republic.
After Istanbul came under occupation on March 16, 1920 and the Ottoman parliament was annulled, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk called on all provinces to hold elections for a new parliament to be established in Ankara. Several intellectuals, who realized that they could not stay in Istanbul any longer, tried to join the National Struggle. This development paved the way for foundation of Anadolu Agency.
Those intellectuals leaving Istanbul went to Ankara in two convoys. The journalist Yunus Nadi (Abalioglu) and the writer Halide Edip (Adivar) met in Geyve on March 31st. During their meeting at the train station, they decided that it was necessary to found "an agency organization" in Ankara as soon as possible. They agreed to name the agency as "Anadolu Agency".