Monday, 4 May 2009

World Press Freedom Day: Statement from the MFWA

Filed under: Africa files,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 01:20 PDT

The theme for this year’s celebration of World Press Freedom Day, Media, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, could not have been more appropriate in any other year than this one, particularly for countries in West Africa. Dialoguing has no alternative in creating mutual understanding and the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) believes that the media are critical to promoting dialogue because at their best they provide a platform for debating matters that affect society. In conflict-ridden Niger and Mali, where rebel groups are fighting, and in countries like Mauritania, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau that are prone to coups d’état, the media have played an unquestionable role in consolidating dialogue and reconciliation.

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