SINGAPORE: Dawn, the leading daily in Pakistan, has joined the Asia News Network ( ANN ), bringing the total number of newspapers in the alliance to 21 in 18 countries. The admission was formalized on Friday during a signing ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore by Dawn chief editor Zaffar Abbas and ANN executive director Pana Janviroj.
“I’m pleased to be among my Asian peers in fostering journalism and build up a regional network,” Zaffar said.
Meanwhile, Pana on behalf of fellow ANN editors expressed delight at the admission, which can only strengthen ANN as the world’s leading media publishing alliance.
The Jakarta Post is a founding member of ANN, which was established 13 years ago with the aim of uniting the region’s newspapers in an exchange of content and other initiatives.
Also present during the ceremony were ANN chief editors Mahfuz Anam of the Daily Star in Bangladesh, Ravindra Kumar of The Statesmen in India, Zhou Li of China Daily and Meidyatama Suryodiningrat of the Post.