Anurag Thakur inaugurates 47th Annual Gathering of AIBD

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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on 20 September inaugurated the 47th Annual Gathering and 20th Meeting of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in New Delhi.


  • The Union Minister of State (I&B) for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. L. Murugan, Secretary, I&B Apoorva Chandra and Director, AIBD Philomena Gyanpragasam were also present on the occasion.
  • The theme of the event was ‘Building a stronger future for broadcasting in the post pandemic era’.

  • Speaking on the occasion, Thakur said that the biggest threat to the mainstream media is not from the new age digital platforms but from the mainstream media channels.

  • He said that genuine journalism provides a platform to know the facts, present the truth and give a platform to all the parties to express their views.

Award for 2021 and 2022 :

  • During the event, Union Minister Anurag Thakur presided over the award distribution for 2021 and 2022.

  • The Appreciation Award for 2021 was given to Radio Television Brunei.

  • The Appreciation Award for 2022 was shared by the Ministry of Economy, Civil Services, Communications, Housing and Community Development, Republic of Fiji and the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 was conferred to Khieu Khanharith, Minister of Information and Communication, Cambodia.

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 was given to Mayank Agarwal, CEO, PB and President, AIBD.

About AIBD :

  • AIBD was established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO. 

  • It is a regional inter-governmental organisation servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development.

  • It is hosted by the Malaysia Government and its secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur.

  • AIBD currently has 26 full member countries.

  • India has hosted the Governing Council Meetings (GC) in the years 1978, 1985, 2003. 

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