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Baha'i International Community Launches News Service

HAIFA, Israel - The Bahá'í International Community launched an Internet-based news service on 4 December 2000.

The Bahá'í World News Service (BWNS) reports on the activities, projects and events of the worldwide Bahá'í community. Located at http://news.bahai.org, the news service's Web site offers the latest headlines, searchable news and photo archives, and a subscription feature that allows viewers to receive articles by email.

"The main purpose of this new Service is to provide timely information about Bahá'í events and projects around the world to the world's secular news media," said Douglas Samimi-Moore, director the Community's Office of Public Information. "We also expect that the numerous Bahá'í-sponsored magazines and newsletters around the world will draw on this Service.

"We also hope that the Service will come to be seen as a valuable resource for individuals who wish to learn what is happening in our worldwide community," said Mr. Samimi-Moore.

All stories and photographs produced by the Bahá'í World News Service may be freely reprinted, re-emailed, re-posted to the World Wide Web and otherwise reproduced by any individual or organization, as long as they are attributed to the Bahá'í World News Service. Although this blanket permission to reproduce BWNS stories is freely given and no special permission is required, the Bahá'í World News Service retains full copyright protection for its stories under all applicable international laws.

The Service replaces an older service, the Bahá'í International News Service, which was primarily directed at an internal audience. "The new Service is explicitly designed to serve both an internal and external audience," said Mr. Samimi-Moore. "Our goal will be to produce professionally written stories that will be of interest to anyone in the world at large who has even a passing interest in religion or the social issues we are involved with."

The Bahá'í International Community registered with the United Nations as an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in 1948. It enjoys consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children's Fund and working relations with several other UN agencies. Bahá'ís are active throughout the world in numerous networks and coalitions of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), focusing particularly on the advancement of the status of women, human rights, issues of prosperity and economic justice, and moral development. They are also deeply engaged in efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and joint action with other faith communities.

The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent, monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, the Faith is now the second-most geographically widespread religion, after Christianity, with significant Bahá'í communities in 235 countries and territories and adherents from more than 2,100 tribes and ethnic groups.

For more information, please contact: Bahá'í World News Service, P.O. Box 155, 31 001 Haifa, Israel. Phone: 972 (4) 835 8394 (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. GMT+2), Fax: 972 (4) 831 3312, E-Mail: news@bahai.org

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