Ivorian govt. to end State ownership of the press

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Communications and Technology Minister Lia-bi Douayoua, says the government plans to relinquish State ownership of the press in the country.
"In the advanced democracies of the world, there is no State-controlled press.
Cote d'Ivoire has also decided against State-controlled of the press, which is reminiscent of the days of single parties," the Minister said.
To this end, the Minister said the government has decided to restructure "Fraternite-Matin," the only State-controlled press Group, which has four titles - two dailies and two periodicals.
Douayoua said tenders would be invited for new ownership, while government would retain the Group's premises and the Printing presses.
The Ivorian Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation (TRI) is also to be split into three entities - a Radio company, a Television company and another firm with two radio and television channels - which will be under State supervision.
The Minister said the new communication policy also aims to "break the monopoly" of the Company "Edipress," which distributes newspapers in the country.

02 august 2001 08:01:00




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