Private media seek increased funding

Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Private media in Niger Thursday called on the government to raise its assistance Fund to the media from 30 million CFA francs to 300 CFA francs.
(700 CFA francs=1USD).
The request was jointly submitted to government by the Union of Private Journalists of Niger (UJPN), the Association of Independent Media Editors (ANEPI) and the Network of Journalists for Human Rights (RJDH), on the occasion of the International Day for Press Freedom.
Under fiscal 2001, the government set aside, for the first time, 30 million CFA Francs as media assistance Fund.
The private media also requested an exemption from levies on the importation of professional equipment bought by journalists, and the development and intensification of a policy for formal training of workers, especially in the field of the new Information and Communication Technologies.
They also called for better working conditions for journalists in the country.
In a statement, UJPN chairman, Abdoulaye Moussa Massalatchi, called on the authorities to be tolerant, describing the media as crucial to proper functioning of democracy.

03 may 2001 23:04:00

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