CAR needs to revamp its media landscape, says AIF

Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Francophonie Intergovernmental Organisation (AIF)'s media officer, Tidiane Dioh, on Friday in Bangui called on Central African Republic media practitioners to "examine their conscience" in order to fashion a "new press" in the country.
"The press in the Central African Republic must be revolutionised," Dioh said.
He was speaking at the end of a seminar on the management of media houses which brought together since Monday 21 editorial directors and chief editors from Cameroon, Gabon, DR Congo, Congo, Chad and the Central African Republic.
According to Dioh, this revolution must start with that of the CAR press, described as "sick due to its poor circulation, funding and training of its journalists" and for which "shock therapy" or "simply an emergency plan" is needed to get back to life.
Responding, CAR Communication Minister Job Isima, who presided over the closing ceremony, said he was prepared to organise, with AIF support, a similar type of seminar for the CAR press alone.
After five days of proceedings, the seminar adopted recommendations to strengthen support to the media of the south and to provide equipment to media houses with the aid of the AIF.

16 september 2005 21:47:00




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