African editors press for meeting with African leaders

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The much-advertised debate between selected Presidents and Editors of Africa may not hold unless the organisers can resolve the scheduling problem that has dogged the meeting.
Though the meeting was originally scheduled for 3p.
m.
local time Sunday (today), the leaders have asked for the meeting to be rescheduled for Tuesday to enable them participate fully in the grand debate on the African Union Government, the main agenda for the 9th ordinary summit of the AU which opened in Accra, Ghana, Sunday.
The Editors, on the other hand, believe Tuesday may not be feasible because some of the members were scheduled to leave on that day.
"I suspected that the leaders, for whatever reasons, want to avoid the meeting," one of the Editors billed to participate at the forum told PANA on the condition of anonymity.
"But we are still available in case they agree on a better timing," he added.
The theme of the debate is: "The imaging of Africa: Roles and responsibilities of the political leaders and media.
" The presidents who have been invited to take part are from South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo (DRC), Senegal, Algeria, Nigeria and Liberia.
Editors listed to participate are Mathatha Tsedu of South Africa, Gaitho Macharia from Kenya, Cyrille Kileba from DRC, Rob Jamieson from Malawi and Souleymane Diallo from Guinea (Conakry).
They are all active representatives of The African Editors' Forum.
The debate is being organised by The African Editors Forum (TAEF), Global Media and NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development).
TAEF has expressed the hope that the meeting will become an annual feature of the summit with different leaders each year.

01 july 2007 11:40:00




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