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Bali Conference on the World Media

International Journalism Leaders Gather in Bali to Foster Greater Understanding and Cooperation.

(9/3/2006) Tempo Interaktif reports Bali is the scene for a meeting of 76 leading journalists from 51 countries to discuss issues related to press freedom in a multi-cultural world setting.

The meeting opened by Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday, September 02, 2006, at the The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali features participation by representatives a number of leading national and international media, including CNN, Aljazeera TV and the leading Indonesian newsweekly Tempo.

Chaired by Desra Percaya - who is also the spokesperson for the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs, the conference was prompted by the growing recognition of the need for mutual understanding and appreciation among nations and their mass medias. Desra explained, "(this need) was particularly evident following the recent publication of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish media."

Percaya said that it was hoped that the Bali meetings will study and explore the role of the media in advancing understanding between differing cultures as well as establish global ethical standards to support freedom of expression.