African public press meets in Bamako

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Editors-in-chief from several African public media organs are attending a training workshop here on "print media and the mission of public service" organised by the Malian ministry of New Information and Communication Technologies with the support of the Francophonie agency.
Participants come from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
For three days beginning Tuesday, they will discuss among other topics how the public press in Francophone Africa has survived the advent of the private press, and how it could legitimately fulfil its public service mission.
They would also discuss the raison d'être of the public print media in Africa, economic survival strategies for the public press, public service missions best suited for print media and the pros and cons of the public press vis-à-vis the private press.
Opening the workshop on Tuesday, Malian New Information and Communication Technologies minister Gaousssou Drabo conceded that "the days are past when public media were mouthpieces of the ruling establishment.

20 أغسطس 2003 19:04:00

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