March 12, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Persian-speaking journalists meeting in Tajikistan have agreed to create an association, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports.
More than 60 media representatives from countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia attended the two-day meeting in Dushanbe.
Participants also agreed to create a website called "Hamzaban" to share information about common issues.
Iranian-born writer and journalist Baqer Moin said the sharing of ideas between Persian-speakers was crucial.
"We need to read each other's books. In the past, they read the poems of [Iranian poet] Saadi Shirazi in Samarkand and Bukhara [in today's Uzbekistan]. And the poems of Anvari Samarkandi were read in Shiraz and Isfahan. There was an exchange of ideas. It is currently going to increase day-by-day because of the Internet, television, and new technology. The important issue is that we work together and produce ideas," Moin said.
Gulnara Abikaeyeva's June 29 presentation in Prague (RFE/RL)
EAST OF THE WEST:
On June 29, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by GULNARA ABIKEYEVA
, director of the Central Asian Cinematography Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Abikeyeva is a leading expert on Kazakh and Central Asian cinema, a chairwoman of the jury of this year's East Of The West section of the Karlovy Vary film festival. Abikaeyeva gave an overview of major trends in Central Asian cinema since the 1960s. Abikeyeva has just completed a major DVD collection of the most popular films of the five Central Asian countries and is now beginning work on a similar collection of Central Asian documentaries.
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