ECOWAS to set up a radio and television station

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to set up a radio and television station to help publicise subregional integration programmes, the ECOWAS Director of Communications, Adrienne Diop, said in Dakar.
In an interview with PANA on the sidelines of the ongoing 5th Congress of West African Journalists Association (WAJA), at the Senegalese capital, Diop said the project was at an advanced stage.
She said the initiative was part of the new ECOWAS information and communication policy adopted in December 2000 by the Conference of Heads of State and Government in Bamako, Mali.
The Declaration of the Conference harped on the role of the media for the promotion of human rights and the protection of the rights of journalists as well as the emergence of a culture of peace and tolerance.
Diop explained that the policy provides for the establishment of a radio and television production studio at the ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, prior to the launch of the broadcasting station.
She said programmes from the studio would be broadcast by radio and television (private and public) stations of member States.
"It is time for media programmes reflecting the realities of the region to be produced by West Africans for West Africans," Diop emphasised.
She regretted that Africans mostly watched or listened to international broadcasting stations which did not always reflect the reality on the continent.
Diop said ECOWAS would cooperate with organisations such as PANA and the Panos Institute on the broadcasting project.

06 september 2002 18:11:00

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