This problem has been known well for quite some time by the media focusing on North Africa and the Middle East, as emerged yesterday in the ANSA-organised seminar on Communication for Cooperation: Information, Editorial Systems and Multimedia Contents as a Driving Force for the Mediterranean Network, as part of the General Assembly of AMAN, the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies. During the meeting it was also stressed that, to help tell the stories of Mediterranean countries, there is the need for trust and a shared language even between the agencies and other media. ''To create a serious and reliable network, to tell the story of the Mediterranean, it is necessary to create a network between those working in communications,'' stressed Duilio Gianmaria, Tg1 correspondent. ''We must create a system of reciprocal trust.'' There is the need for ''good information which makes it possible to produce trustworthy news, true ones which can call into question on the news found on the web,'' underscored Il Sole24Ore correspondent Alberto Negri. ''Even the news that come from those in power,'' he added. The world of information would also have been able to - had it wanted to - pick up on and give accounts of many elements with which to foresee what happened in North Africa. ''The Arab Springs could have been predicted, and the economic crisis of the eurozone, Greece, Spain and Italy were foreseeable. It would have been enough to tell of what was happening before, getting out thorough and accurate news.'' Despite the risks inherent in the web and the reliability of news, Mediterranean news agencies cannot do without technology and the internet. In a moment of such large-scale change for the world of information, noted ANSA editor in chief Luigi Contu, it is in any case on multimedia that we need to focus. And so there is the need for new ideas and to rethink the way that news are given.
''The distance between the two shores of the Mediterranean still exists,'' noted Contu, and ''the aim of news agencies, and especially ours at ANSAmed, is to go forward,'' despite the series of difficulties the publishing world is suffering. ANSA continues to believe ''in this intuition of ours - he added - and in this project which aims to bring together and facilitate integration'' between the two shores. (ANSAmed).