Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the opening ceremony of the World Media Summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Oct. 9, 2009. The two-day summit, hosted by Xinhua News Agency, opened here Friday morning.
President Hu Jintao promised Friday China will continue to make government affairs public and enhance information distribution, and at the same time he called on news media to uphold social responsibilities.
Media organizations should promote the "true, correct, comprehensive and objective communication of information," Hu said in a keynote speech at the World Media Summit at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing.
With the media's growing influence on international politics, economy, society and culture and people's thinking, work and life, "it is more important than ever before that the media should establish and uphold social responsibilities," he said.
Hu said the government has always attached great importance to the development of the media, encouraging the Chinese media to be close to national conditions, life and the masses, and to create new concepts, new content, new methods and new means in order to make the media more accessible, attractive and appealing.
The Chinese media are also encouraged to play a key role in beefing up healthy trends, reflecting social conditions and public opinions, orienting public focuses, soothing public dissatisfaction, ensuring supervision by public opinion, and safeguarding the public rights to information, participation in public affairs, expression and supervision.
Hu pledged the Chinese government will safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of foreign news media and continue to facilitate foreign media coverage of China in accordance with the law.