Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:35AM
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C) tours the 21st Press Exhibition in Tehran, November 8, 2015. ©ISNA
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C) tours the 21st Press Exhibition in Tehran, November 8, 2015. ©ISNA
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The 21st Iranian International Press and News Agencies’ Annual Exhibition has just wound up in Tehran.

The event showcased over 700 media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, news agencies and news websites.

The slogan of this year’s expo was “Fair Criticism, Responsible Response” which aimed to foster a better professional understanding between the government and various media officials.

Iran publishes a large variety of dailies, weeklies, and monthly papers and periodicals covering a diverse range of fields, including a great many in specialized areas.

According to the latest figures published by the Iranian Culture Ministry, in excess of 5,000 cases of print media licenses have been authorized in the country so far, out of which some 3,200 are still being printed and distributed. One reason for the reduction of daily copies in recent years can perhaps be traced in the gaining prevalence of virtual versions of the same dailies as well as increased attention to using online news media platforms.

The current position and role of Iran as a political and security powerhouse in regional developments and international affairs is becoming ever more important in recent years, and as a result, the country as a whole is gaining in media attention, from friend and foe alike.

In the midst of the excessive media noise and ballyhoo the world is now facing, the role of indigenous Iranian press and media organizations in communicating an accurate and updated picture of the country and shedding light on its real stories in real time, no doubt enjoys significance of strategic proportions.

The 21st Press and News Agencies Exhibition however, is a good opportunity for average people to meet those involved in the media sector, listen to the stories behind their stories and at the same time, let their own opinions be heard in a democratic exercise of dialog and debate. The foreign delegates taking part in this year’s expo were from China, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Russia, Turkey and the US.

The advent of technology has had a major impact on the way Iranian media outlets are going about their business, which is why many have adopted digital media platforms, so much so that some are now using online and mobile applications such Telegram and Instagram, to better get their messages across to their target audience. The role of women in Iranian Press and Media activities is another area of much pride inspiration for the country.

The reason for employing such a large number of women in the press in Iran is that women are less expensive workers and are not concerned with their life expenses as men are. When men are employed, the employers must worry about various issues like their insurance policies, the future of their jobs and their salaries.

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