Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A three-day international symposium on the exercise of press freedom in Africa started Tuesday in Niamey.
Organised by Niger's National Communication Observatory (ONC), the symposium has brought together some 200 participants, including representatives of the civil society, political parties, state institutions and communication professionals.
Among other topics, they will deliberate on conditions for the exercise of press freedom, ethics and responsibilities of journalists and equitable access to information.
According to organisers of the symposium, it aims at instituting an African Communication Week as an annual event.
Opening the meeting, Niger's President Mamadou Tandja said for freedom of the press to have a meaning and content, it must go hand in hand with a sense of responsibility.
"It is only in the respect of ethics that this freedom will be beneficial to our societies", he said.
ECOWAS Executive Secretary Lansana Kouyaté and the chairman of the UEMOA Commission, Moussa Touré, also addressed the opening session of the symposium.