MINSK, November 23 (Itar-Tass) -- The Tenth meeting of the Council of Heads of State of Information Agencies of CIS Member Countries (CIS Information Council) opens here on Monday to discuss joint preparations for the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War.
The plan of preparing the celebration of the remarkable date in the history of the peoples of the Commonwealth includes, among other measures, the publication of a commemorative calendar, the holding of a photography competition in the CIS countries and a joint Internet project. The Information Council will also consider functions to devote to the World War II Veterans' Year to be observed in 2010. Special attention will be given to the responsibility of the mass media to war veterans and their descendants for true presentation of the history of the fight against fascism and for exposing attempts of certain politicians to play down the importance of the Victory and whitewash accomplices of the Nazis.
The meeting will also discuss the training of journalists for news agencies and possibilities of interacting in this area with the leading educational establishments of the CIS countries. It will also discuss prospects for development of cooperation in a joint information project.
The CIS Information Council comprises the news agencies of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Tajikistan. Vitaly Ignatenko, Itar-Tass Director-General, is the head of the Council.