Posted by: APO | 6 May 2008

Information Note/125

(Daloa, 6 May 2008)


The Public Information Division of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) on 5 May 2008 began a week-long training course for radio journalists in Daloa. Some 40 participants from community radios in the west and northwest of Côte d’Ivoire took part in the different workshops, aimed at supporting the peace process and the organization of free and fair elections.

The acting Regional Administrative Officer for Sector West, Mr Mattala Sy, presided over the opening ceremony of the training session, whose theme is “Civic Education during an Electoral Period”. He expressed the hope that the press would be at the forefront in the final phase of the peace process, which should culminate in the holding of free, fair and transparent elections. Ms Kadidia Ledron Coulibaly, of UNOCI’s media Development Unit, who represented the Director of Public Information, highlighted the current political calm in Côte d’Ivoire, mentioning in particular the implementation of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement (OPA) and the support of the international community, which was underlined by the recent visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Cote d’Ivoire. Speaking just two days after the celebration of International Day of the Press, she urged Ivorian journalists to play an active role in ensuring that the theme of this year’s Day “Freedom of Expression, Access to Autonomy” allows for the promotion of independence and pluralism of the press so that the latter can participate decisively in the development of nations, especially in Africa, as prescribed by the Windhoek Seminar 12 years ago.

Speaking on behalf of local broadcasters, the president of the association of community radios, Karamoko Bamba, welcomed UNOCI’s initiative, which aims to equip radio journalists with the tools to help their development

The training course, which deals with such topics as the principles and fundaments of journalism, civic education and radio production, is conducted by Dr Abdoulatif Coulibaly, journalist, political commentator and writer from Senegal.



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