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Nonaligned Movement Plans 'Alternative News Network'

Ministers from the Nonaligned Movement say they intend to set up an alternative news network to counter what they see as domination by biased Western news media.

Malaysia, the group's current leader, announced the plan Monday at a conference of the Nonaligned Movement in Kuala Lumpur.

Officials in the Malaysian capital said nonaligned and developing countries should create their own news network to reduce their reliance on Western media. They are proposing an Internet-based network that would begin operations in 2007, publishing reports from contributing news agencies and newspapers.

The Nonaligned Movement, a grouping of more than 100 countries, was formed during the Cold War with the intention of providing developing countries with an alternative to the Western and Eastern power blocs.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.