AFT Launches First International Urdu-Language News Service

By: Press Release | AFP

The partnership between AFP and the Online International News Network will provide an average of 50 news, feature, sport and business stories per day from AFP’s global output to Urdu clients in India, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Online editor-in-chief Mohsin Baig said he was confident “Online’s expertise in the Urdu market and AFP’s strong global reputation” would be a “winning formula”.

Pakistan and India are key markets for AFP and the agency’s multimedia news production is widely used by newspapers, websites, broadcasters and mobile services in both countries.

The co-branded Urdu project is part of a global AFP strategy to develop local language services. Urdu is spoken by more than 100 million people in Pakistan and India.

AFP launched an Indonesian-language news service in 2010. The Agency is planning to set up similar projects in Thai and Vietnamese in 2012.

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