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Opens Plenary Sessions of the Cuban Journalists Congress
Journalists were also updated on Cuban and world economy. Cuban Economy and Planning Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez made a detailed presentation on the current situation and prospects of the country’s economic performance, as well as the strategies to recover Cuba’s productive potential.

Osvaldo Martinez, president of the Economic Affairs Commission of the Cuban ParliamentMeanwhile, the president of the Economic Affairs Commission of the Cuban Parliament, Osvaldo Martinez addressed the complex world economic situation, marked by a food, energy, ecological and financial crisis. Martinez said that the world is witnessing a systemic crisis of capitalism and he stressed that Cuba has important human resources, significant potential in sectors like agriculture, biotechnology, software program production as well as other strengths that will help counter the impact of the crisis.

During the session, the Cuban journalists approved the new statutes and the Code of Ethics of their organization after having proposed changes to the documents, which are aimed at reinforcing the role of their organization.

Some of the changes in the ethical rules are in tune with transformations that took place in the sector as a consequence of the rapid development of the Internet and electronic publications. The rights and duties of journalists as to the use of information technologies with social aims were included in the main documents of the organization, as well as issues related to the sources of information and their access.

Tubal PaezThe official inauguration of the 8th UPEC Congress takes place Friday, where the new 40-member National Committee and the presidency of UPEC, headed by Tubal Paez will be presented.

Friday’s session includes the discussion of the Congress´ main report, which focuses on three main themes: editorial policy, training of journalists and skill improvement, as well as the presence of Cuba in Internet.

Also on the agenda is the launching of the book “Fidel Periodista”, which includes writings by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution and testimonies of people, who have accompanied him during his journalistic activity.

The Congress, which is being attended by 189 delegates, 25 guest journalists and 20 journalism students, will close sessions on Saturday.
(Latin American News Agency)

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