The Belt and Road Journalists Network (hereinafter referred to as the Network) is a platform of exchanges and cooperation jointly initiated by journalist organizations in Belt and Road countries and regions. The purpose of the Belt and Road Journalists Network is to promote the Silk Road Spirit of “peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefit and win-win results”, to deepen the exchanges and cooperation with journalist organizations in Belt and Road countries and regions, and to facilitate the friendly people-to-people exchanges between different countries.
The Network is to put in place a Presidium where major matters related to cooperation on the Network will be discussed and approved. The first presidium of the platform is composed of six journalist organizations, including All-China Journalists Association, Journalists’ Union of Kazakhstan, Indonesian Journalists Association, Russian Union of Journalists, Union of Journalists of Buenos Aires and Nigeria Union of Journalists. The Presidium shall have one rotating chairperson, and is tasked to convene and preside over the Presidium. The first chair is Union of Journalists of Buenos Aires and the current chair is Indonesian Journalists Association. As the administrative organ of the Network, the Secretariat is to be located on the premises of the All-China Journalists Association.
Main activities include 1) BRJN Journalists Forum, inviting heads of journalist organizations and media representatives to discuss how to strengthen exchanges and cooperation and people-to-people communication; 2) carry out BRJN training programs, offering training for leaders of member organizations and key journalists to jointly enhance understanding of journalism concept and practice; 3) conduct thematic interviews, carefully design interview topics and travel routes, organize BRJN members to participate in interviews, and promote news exchanges among member organizations; 4) organize photography exhibitions and exchanges, hold online and offline exhibitions, and encourage participation of member organizations; 5) information sharing channels for discussion and understanding. Provide information sharing channels for member organizations to facilitate national and regional journalist organizations and their main principals and key members to understand the dynamics of the Network and the development of journalism in various countries.