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July 23, 2012 5:39 pm

Israeli and Pakistani News Outlets Announce Joint Venture

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Tazpit, a Jerusalem based news agency, (Disclosure: The Algemeiner publishes articles from Tazpit) today announced a new cross-publishing joint venture with Weekly Press Pakistan, a Toronto-based news outlet published in English and Urdu, a popular local language in the Muslim countries in southern and central Asia. The agreement will allow stories distributed by Tazpit to be published through Weekly Press Pakistan in Urdu, giving its Israeli news stories a wider audience.  The Tazpit News Agency will be the first Israeli media company to publish its stories in Urdu and to collaborate with a Pakistani media group.

Weekly Press Pakistan also manages a 14,000-member journalist discussion group on Google and is associated with Press Network Pakistan (PNP). It is also of significance to note that Pakistan does not have diplomatic ties with the State of Israel.

Weekly Press Pakistan is seen as friendly to Israel; in April, the newspaper celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, by highlighting Israeli innovations and inventions as well as humanitarian programs such as IsraAID and Save a Child’s Heart. “Today on Israel’s 64th birthday, anyone who denies existence of Israel, actually he denies his own existence,” the newspaper’s editors wrote. “Israel is a reality… Better we not only recognize but also establish close relations without further wastage of time… The day is not far when talented and educated people of both states will join hands to serve the humanity together but for this, Israel would also have to promote media-to-media dialogue keeping in the view the significance of non-Arab Pakistani and Ajmi Muslims…Happy Birthday to Israel.”

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