- The Union Government approved the signing and ratification of an Agreement on ‘Cooperation in the field of Mass Media’ between all the member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO)
- The Agreement was signed in June 2019.
- It will Provide an opportunity for the member States to share new innovations and best practices in the field of Mass Media.
- The Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Modi recently gave ex-post facto approval for the signing and ratification of the agreement.
- This will enable India to cooperate with SCO members to create a favourable conditions necessary of the mutual sharing of information amongst editorial offices of the mass media, relevant ministries and organizations.
Main Areas of SCO
- Promoting equal and mutually beneficial Cooperative between professional associations of Journalists of the states.
- Creation of a favourable system for mutual and wide distribution of information via Mass Media in a bid to deepen the knowledge about the lives of the people of their states.
- Aiding broadcast of television and radio programs and those distributed legally within the territory of the state.
- Cooperation among the Editorial Offices of the Mass Media of their States as well as between the relevant Ministers, Agencies, and Organizations in the field of Mass Media.
- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organization created on June 15, 2001, in Shanghai.
- It is an Eurasian political, economical and military organization aiming to maintain peace, security and stability in the region.
- The SCO Official Languages are Russian and Chinese.
- Eight Countries are part of SCO, which are India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.
- The 20th Summit of the SCO took place in 2020.
SCO has two Permanent Bodies:
- SCO Secretariat in Beijing (China)
- Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure(RATS) in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)