On September 30, IWP alumnus Peter Tase moderated a panel during the fifth Baku International Humanitarian Aid Forum held in Azerbaijan. The two-day event, hosted by AZERTAC, focuses on bringing together scientists, cultural figures, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and scientists to discuss and analyze global humanitarian issues.
The panel, entitled "The role of modern journalism in ensuring intercultural, inter-faith and inter-civilizational dialogue," included as speakers President of Argentina's Télam National News Agency Rodolfo Pousa, Director General of AZERTAC Aslan Aslanov, PR and Media Manager at Slovakian International Habitat for Humanity Ekaterina Bezgachina, former President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic, Associate Professor at International Journalism Department, Baku State University, Tarana Mahmudova, Head of Internet Studies Problems at the Institute of Information Technologies Rasim Mahmudov.
The forum recognized the drastic transformation of journalism and discussed various methods of development within information technology and its direct influence to an increasingly globalized society. The speakers noted the delayed and even ignored action of transforming journalism so that it is parallel to the growth of technology. They examined the effects that technology has had in politics, economics, communication, and social and cultural relations. For instance, Mr. Aslanov explained the dangers that the internet can impose by serving as an instrument for spreading information about building explosives and weapons, and acting as a platform for terrorist recruitment.
In an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza, a major news agency in Russia, Mr. Tase expressed the significant impact of the forum on the promotion of inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue in relation to global issues.