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AMI joins hands with key partners to deliver a workshop for SL editors on election coverage and prevention of violence

 

 

Freetown, 16 February 2018 – AMI has teamed up with key partners to conduct a two-day workshop for Sierra Leonean journalists on election coverage and prevention of violence. This is part of its series of engagements in countries that are holding elections this year.

 

The workshop, which is jointly organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Peace & Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Media Reform Coordinating Group – Sierra Leone, the African Media Initiative (AMI) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will take place in Freetown from February 16 to 17, 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel.

 

It will provide an opportunity for media professionals to enhance their knowledge of electoral laws, institutions and processes as well as providing a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas, and the sharing of good practices on the coverage of elections in ways that ensure their success, prevent violence and advance the national development agenda.

 

The training will bring together some 30 editors from community media, print, TV and radio to enhance the media’s capacity to fulfill its role effectively during electoral processes.

 

 

“It’s our belief that the media plays a central role in enriching national conversation around issues that really matter to the common citizens, and election periods offer just that perfect moment when the media has a unique opportunity to shape the discussion and set the agenda for the greater good of the nation,” said Roukaya Kasenally, the Chief Executive Officer of the AMI.

 

“We therefore need to make sure that the media is fully aware of its role and considers itself an actor rather than a spectator of the much needed change. We need to have a media that understands and breaks down the issues to their various audiences,” added Eric Chinje, Senior Media Advisor at AMI.

 

“The partnership with AMI comes in handy during this electioneering period as it will further strengthen the capacity of our media practitioners. We hope to deepen the collaboration with AMI on various other sectors going forward to accelerate the reforms in the Sierra Leone media landscape” said Francis Sowa, Chairman of the Media Reform Coordinating Group Sierra Leone (MRCG-SL),

 

AMI and its other partners have scheduled similar interventions in other African countries that are preparing for elections this year.

 

 

About AMI

The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth. It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa.

 

About International IDEA

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics..

 

 

About AFSC

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is 100-year-old Quaker non-profit organization that promotes lasting peace with social, justice as a practical expression of faith in action and humanitarian service. Established in 1917, AFSC, on behalf of Friends all over the world was the recipient of the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize. AFSC’s work in Africa includes promoting active non-violence and livelihoods restoration for youth affected by structural violence, inequality and injustice. Supports to lay the groundwork for long-term peace with justice with an approach that involves healing from the trauma of violence, developing self-employment skills and rebuilding a sense of community.

 

About the MRCG-SL

The Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG-SL) was established in 2014 in response to the need for coordination and reform in the media sector in Sierra Leone.

It’s members are senior representatives from important media actors in Sierra Leone which are the Independent Media Commission (IMC); the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC); Guild of Newspaper Editors (GoE); Women in Media in Sierra Leone (WIMSAL); Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ); Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU); Independent Radio Network (IRN); Cotton Tree News (CTN) and Mass Communication Department, Fourah Bay College.

 

 

 

 

Communiqué de presse annonçant la publication d’une étude sur la couverture médiatique de l’Afrique

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« Les Africains apprennent peu sur leur continent par le biais des médias nationaux », selon un rapport récemment publié par l’Initiative des médias d’Afrique

Nairobi, le 16 juillet 2018 – L’Initiative des médias d’Afrique (AMI) vient de publier une étude suggérant que les médias africains proposent très peu de reportages transfrontaliers, ce qui a pour corollaire une connaissance limitée du continent par les Africains. L’étude baptisée «Reporting Africa» – Couverture médiatique de l’Afrique – souligne que la plupart des informations sur l’Afrique proviennent de sources extérieures au continent et qu’elles déterminent, en fin de compte, ce que l’on a appelé «le discours sur l’Afrique».

Le rapport souligne le fait que les organisations médiatiques mondiales constituent un puissant outil non seulement pour façonner l’agenda mondial, mais aussi pour encadrer les grilles de perception de l’Afrique par les Africains et le monde.

L’étude cherchait à comprendre les thèmes dominants de l’actualité et s’il y a des dialogues convaincants qui font l’objet de reportages et qui peuvent collectivement définir le discours sur l’Afrique. Elle s’est appuyée sur des données empiriques glanées à partir des reportages publiés dans toute la région et des réponses fournies par les rédacteurs en chef à une série de questions posées par AMI.

« Nous voulions comprendre comment l’Afrique est couverte par les médias sur le continent et les facteurs qui déterminent cette couverture », a déclaré le Dr. Roukaya Kasenally, directrice générale d’AMI, dans un communiqué avant la publication du rapport. Nous étions préoccupés, a-t-elle souligné, par des questions relatives à «la façon dont les médias en Afrique ont contribué à la création d’une compréhension commune des réalités du continent au-delà des récits basés sur des idées préconçues et des stéréotypes».

L’étude visait non seulement à approfondir la compréhension globale des éléments qui sous-tendent la couverture médiatique à l’intérieur et au-delà des frontières nationales, mais aussi à éclairer les choix éditoriaux et à façonner les perceptions locales et régionales du continent.

Elle a mis en évidence le fait que les faibles investissements dans les médias et les capacités professionnelles limitées dans de nombreux pays avaient entraîné une dépendance persistante à l’égard des sources d’information étrangères, ce qui a limité l’intérêt des journaux africains pour les sujets qui enrichissent l’agenda africain et mettent l’accent sur les expériences partagées.

Il ressort de l’étude que les dirigeants des médias estiment que les lecteurs et les publics préfèrent des histoires intéressantes qui, dans le contexte africain, signifient, selon l’un des répondants, «des récits intrigants d’échec et de défaite contre les forces de la nature».

« Si nous voulons réinventer l’image de l’Afrique et changer le récit », a concluEric Chinje, l’un des co-auteurs du rapport, « Nous devrons trouver des moyens novateurs pour augmenter considérablement les investissements dans les médias et utiliser la technologie pour alimenter le contenu des médias au-delà des frontières en Afrique. Il doit y avoir un véritable effort local visant à définir et à façonner le récit d’une manière qui reflète la diversité des voix et des images d’un continent en mouvement. »

Se demandant si la couverture actuelle de l’Afrique est éclairée par les réalités du 21ème siècle ou des idées préconçues d’une autre époque, un autre co-auteur, Wangethi Mwangi, a souligné la nécessité de la production des reportages plus crédibles et contextualisés par les correspondants régionaux et mondiaux. Il a noté que « le fait de continuer à compter sur les agences de presse étrangères garantira la persistance d’un leadership médiocre dans une poignée de pays ; ce qui continuera à fournir un riche vivier pour la production de reportages négatifs qui définissent l’ensemble du continent».

Les médias africains sont avant tout nationaux dans leurs perspectives et leurs centres d’intérêt, avec rarement plus d’une page ou deux dans les quotidiens nationaux consacrés aux informations sur les autres pays de la région.

Une réunion importante des chefs d’État et de gouvernement a eu lieu au cours de la période de l’étude. Aucun des points à l’ordre du jour de la réunion n’a été couvert à l’échelle du continent ou dans un groupe significatif de pays. En fait, les médias n’ont pas su être une source fiable d’informations ou de connaissances sur l’Union africaine – l’institution panafricaine qui a accueilli l’événement.

Le rôle émergent des réseaux sociaux

Les réseaux sociaux sont également responsables de la redéfinition du rôle et de la portée des médias dans la société. Les blogueurs sont devenus une nouvelle classe de célébrités médiatiques. Les Africains seraient parmi les premiers utilisateurs mondiaux de Facebook et de l’application WhatsApp. Grâce à la capacité de produire et de diffuser du contenu, bien que limités à un public restreint, les réseaux sociaux comblent des lacunes dans les secteurs d’information laissées par les médias traditionnels en proie à un déficit de capacités et de ressources. L’inconvénient d’une dépendance croissante à l’égard des réseaux sociaux pour des informations en Afrique est assez considérable et donne lieu à un nombre croissant de plaintes concernant les «fausses informations». Alors même que la tendance est à la recherche des dialogues à l’échelle du continent et d’un discours nouveau qui redéfinisse l’Afrique, ce phénomène est aussi la reconnaissance du fait que la fragmentation fait partie de l’ADN des réseaux sociaux.

L’étude a utilisé une approche méthodologique mixte, en mettant l’accent sur les analyses de contenu et un questionnaire d’enquête soumis aux rédacteurs en chef à travers l’Afrique. Une réunion d’experts sur le thème de la Couverture médiatique de l’Afrique a apporté des contributions et des analyses supplémentaires.

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Rapport « Couverture médiatique de l’Afrique » Auteurs: Roukaya Kasenally, Eric Chinje, Wangethi Mwangi, Georges Nyabuga

A propos d’AMI
L’Initiative des médias d’Afrique (AMI) est une organisation panafricaine ayant pour but de renforcer les médias privés et indépendants du continent, en mettant l’accent sur les propriétaires et les gestionnaires, afin de promouvoir la gouvernance démocratique, le développement social et la croissance économique. Elle y œuvre grâce à un ensemble d’activités stratégiques visant à transformer le paysage des médias et des communications sur le continent. L’objectif global d’AMI est de promouvoir l’émergence des médias pluralistes en tant qu’ingrédient nécessaire et crucial de la gouvernance démocratique, ainsi que du développement économique et humain en Afrique.

Press Release: Reporting Africa report

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Reporting Africa report

“Africans know little about their continent through national media,” according to a just-published report by the African Media Initiative

Nairobi, July 16, 2018 – The African Media Initiative (AMI) has just released a report suggesting that there is very little cross-border reporting by African media, resulting in limited knowledge of the continent by Africans. The “Reporting Africa” study points out that most of the news about Africa comes from sources external to the continent and that these ultimately determine what has been referred to as “the Africa narrative”.

The report underscores the fact that global media organizations constitute a powerful vehicle for not only shaping the global agenda but also for framing the lens through which Africa is perceived by Africans and the world.

The research sought to figure out what currently prevails and if there are any compelling dialogues that are reported and can collectively define the Africa story. It was informed by empirical data gleaned from published reports from across the region and responses provided by editors to a range of questions from AMI.

“We wanted to figure out how Africa is covered by media on the continent and the factors that determine such coverage,” said AMI Chief Executive OfficerRoukaya Kasenally in a pre-launch statement. “We were concerned,” she pointed out, “with questions about how media in Africa contribute to the creation of a common understanding of the continent’s realities beyond narratives based on preconceived ideas and stereotypes.”

The study sought to deepen overall understanding of the elements that drive media coverage within and beyond national borders, informs editorial choices, and shapes local and regional perceptions of the continent.

It brought out the fact that low investments in media and limited professional capacity in many countries had resulted in persistent dependence on foreign news sources, giving rise to a limited focus in African newspapers on stories that enrich the African agenda and emphasize shared experiences.

It emerged from the study that media leaders believe that readers and audiences prefer interesting stories which, in the African context, means, in the words of one of the respondents, “intriguing tales of failure and defeat against the forces of nature”.

“If we are going to reimagine Africa’s image and change the narrative,” concluded the reports co-author, Eric Chinje, “we would have to figure out innovative ways of significantly increasing investments in media and use technology to source content from counterpart media across borders in Africa. There must be a genuine home-grown effort to define and shape the narrative in ways that reflect the diversity of voices and images of a continent on the move.”

Wondering if current coverage of Africa is informed by 21st century realities or pre-conceived ideas from another era, co-author Wangethi Mwangiemphasized the need for more credible and contextualized reporting by both regional and global news correspondents. He noted that “continued reliance on foreign news agencies will ensure that the persistence of poor leadership in a handful of countries will continue to provide a rich pool from which to source negative reports that define the entire continent”.

African media is primarily national in outlook and focus, with rarely more than a page or two in national dailies devoted to news about other countries in the region.

An important gathering of heads of state and government took place during the period under study. None of the issues on the agenda of the meeting received continent-wide coverage or in any significant group of countries. Indeed, the media was not a reliable source of information or knowledge about the African Union – the pan-African institution that hosted the event.

The emerging role of Social Media
Social media is also responsible for redefining the role and scope of media in society. Bloggers have become a new class of media celebrities. Africans are believed to be among the world’s leading users of Facebook and WhatsApp. With the ability to produce and disseminate content, albeit to a restricted audience, social media is filling gaps in the news business left by a capacity-deficient and resource-burdened legacy media. The downside to a rising dependence on social media for news in Africa is quite considerable and is giving rise to the growing chorus of complaints about “fake” news. There is also the recognition, at a time when the search is on for continent-wide dialogues and a new narrative that will redefine Africa, of the fact that fragmentation is within the DNA of social media.

The study used a mixed method approach, with a focus on content analyses and a survey questionnaire among editors across Africa. An expert meeting on ‘Reporting Africa’ provided additional input and analysis.

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“Reporting Africa” report Editing Team: Roukaya Kasenally, Eric Chinje, Wangethi Mwangi and George Nyabuga,
June 2018

AMI is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth.

DR. JANE GOODALL RECEIVES AFRICA PEACE AWARD FROM URI-AFRICA

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Nairobi, Kenya — United Religions Initiative—Africa (URI) presented its prestigious Africa Peace Award to Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, on July 8, 2018 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, in the presence of esteemed representatives from the diplomatic community, the United Nations Environmental Program, the Office of the President of The Republic of Kenya and a number of community and religious leaders.

Master of Ceremony Mrs. Rattan Channa, Global Trustee of URI, welcomed the gathering leading attendees in reciting “The Golden Rule,” common to more than 13 holy books and scriptures which says: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” In his welcoming remarks, H.E. Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, Senior Advisor to the President of Kenya on Cohesion, Peace and Conflict Resolution, said, “I bring you words of welcome on behalf of the Government of Kenya. It is only through the contribution of individuals that things change,” he said. “The tremendous contributions of individuals like Dr. Goodall are what will lead the world to peace.”

Speaking during the handing over of the Africa Peace Award of URI-Africa, H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of URI for Africa and Representative of URI at the African Union and UN Office for Africa and Global Envoy of URI said that the award presented to Dr. Goodall is in appreciation and acknowledgment of her tireless service as the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees and her nearly 60-year study of social and family interactions of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania and for promoting a culture of peace as United Nations Messenger of Peace.

“The award is also in acknowledgment of her extensive work on conservation and animal welfare issues,” he says, “and her great contribution writing books and establishing the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports the continued research in the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania along with other environmental research, education and conservation programmes as a network of institutes in more than 20 countries.” Ambassador Hailu also commended Dr. Goodall on empowering young leaders in conservation through the Jane Goodall Institute’s “Roots & Shoots” program which now is in nearly 100 countries.

Ambassador Hailu also noted that religious and traditional spiritual leaders and faith-based organizations can make significant contributions in promoting awareness on the wellbeing of all forms of life and on sound environmental management and climate change mitigation.

“It is a special day for Africa and the world at large as we recognize Dr. Jane Goodall’s unparalleled life-time dedication to environmental sustainability,” said Dr. Juliette Biao-Koudenoukpo, Director and Regional Representative for Africa of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in her keynote address. “There is no doubt that Dr. Goodall’s distinguished scientific and conservation work speaks for itself,” she added. She said Dr. Goodall’s work will continue to speak for itself for generations to come because Goodall was always convinced that we need to engage the young generation in conservation if we want to make a difference. She also stressed how important Dr. Goodall’s example is to the world. “You are a role model for many women and young girls in science and conservation,” she told her. “Her extraordinary commitment led to extraordinary results,” she told the audience.

“For me, I feel privileged to be part of this esteemed award ceremony by the United Religious Initiative-Africa. Firstly, because Dr. Jane Goodall and UNEP are partners for life. Dr. Goodall is the Goodwill Ambassador of the Great Apes Survival Partnership, she explained. “Secondly, I feel privileged because UN Environment Program and URI-Africa are partners with the same goal — to ensure a just world living in harmony with nature.”

Dr. Biao-Koudenoukpo stressed building collaborations with all stakeholders and noted that UNEP has increased partnerships with faith-based communities and launched The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative to engage millions of people in conservation work. She also said that UNEP’s partnership with the URI-Africa is along these lines.

“The recognition of Dr. Goodall’s great work underscores the important role of a single person in the campaign to heal our planet,” said Meredith Beal, Sr. Technology Advisor for the African Media Initiative. “African media also must play its part in evangelizing respect for animals and the environment.”

“It’s a great honor. I am truly grateful for URI-Africa” Dr. Goodall remarked in accepting the award. She started off noting how much she wished her mother could have been able to share this experience with her. She shared recollections of her early days in this field when her ideas about animal behavior, personality and emotion were rejected by the scientific community, ideas which are now well established in science.

She was adamant about the need to involve young people in raising the voice of the environment. “What’s the point of any of us fighting for peace if we’re not raising the next generation to be better stewards of the environment than we’ve been,” she warned.

“That’s why I started our program for young people – Roots & Shoots – which began in Tanzania with 12 high school students. Every single individual has some role to play in this life. Every single one of us makes some impact on the planet every single day. With the little choices we make — what we buy, what we eat, what we wear, where did it come from? Did it harm the environment, did it cause suffering to animals, is it cheap because of sweat shops or child labor?” she asks.

“If billions of people make ethical choices we start moving toward a different kind of world,” she declares. “What began with 12 high school students who chose three projects to make the world a better place – one to help people, one to help animals and one to help the environment – is now a global program in 100 countries with 150,000 active groups.”

“Mother Nature is so forgiving. Mother Nature is so resilient. Because we helped lift people out of poverty around the Gombe area there are no more bare hills. The trees have come back, animals on the brink of extinction can be given another chance.

“Not until we’ve alleviated poverty will we have peace. Not until we’ve alleviated poverty can we have harmony with the environment. Not until we’ve done something about the unsustainable, greedy, materialistic lifestyles of so many people can we live in peace,” she concludes. “I end where I began – I wish my mother was here to share this with me. Thank you so much.”

May Peace Prevail on Earth

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URI-Africa established the Africa Peace Award in 2007 to recognize the committed, effective leadership that is currently being exercised to bring sustainable peace, development, good health, environmental protection, democracy, good leadership, reconciliation and inter-religious and inter-cultural harmony and peaceful co-existence in the continent. The Africa Peace Award celebrates, acknowledges and honors the accomplishments of individuals or organizations who have exhibited extraordinary leadership to build a culture of peace, reconciliation and harmony among different religions and cultures and promote human dignity as enshrined in the universal declaration of human right. The Award helps to create role models of non-violence and peace-builders throughout Africa.

Previous recipients of The Africa Peace Award include a number of former African Presidents and Heads of State, The African Union (AU); United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Organization of African First Ladies and a number of other charitable, religious, cultural, health and scientific organizations.

_URI is an international interfaith peace organization with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council working to promote enduring daily interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, healing and justice for the Earth and all living beings. _

Through its 204member organizations from 31 African countries, the URI-Africa is cultivating peaceful coexistence among different religions and cultures by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and their environment. URI-Africa signed memoranda of understanding with the African Union, IGAD, UNFPA-Africa Regional Office and many other organizations.

Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE – Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
Dr. Jane Goodall is a world-renowned primatologist and conservationist best known for her landmark study on the behavior of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Having led the longest running continuous research study on wild chimpanzees, Dr. Goodall’s focus shifted from research to conservation following a plane ride over Gombe in 1992 when she saw the rampant deforestation of the once lush forests there, and knew that in order to save chimpanzees, she had to first save the forests they lived in. Today, advocating on behalf of conservation of all species, Dr. Goodall travels nearly 300 days a year sharing stories from her five decades of scientific exploration and spreading a message of hope to inspire people everywhere, especially young people, that they can make a difference and create a more peaceful future for people, animals and the environment we share.

About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior — research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in nearly 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org

May Peace Prevail on Earth

Passing Away of AMI Chair

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Nairobi, 31 May 2018 - The Board and Management of the African Media
Initiative (AMI) has just been informed of the passing away into eternity of our
beloved Chairman, Gbadebowale Aboderin. Mr. Aboderin died in a Lagos
hospital during heart surgery.

Nairobi, 31 May 2018 – The Board and Management of the African Media Initiative (AMI) has just been informed of the passing away into eternity of our beloved Chairman, Gbadebowale Aboderin. Mr. Aboderin died in a Lagos hospital during heart surgery.

This totally unexpected occurrence leaves us all in a deep state of shock even as we pray for his soul to Rest in Peace. Mr. Aboderin came from the world of aviation and sports to become a media champion who saw the centrality of the sector in Africa’s development and the need to strengthen the capacity of media professionals on the continent. He was recently elected Chairman of the AMI Board and was still to hold his inaugural meeting in that position.

As we mourn the passing of our Chair, AMI’s board and management would like to present its sincere condolences to the family. Our hearts reach out to Titilayo, his wife and the daughters he spoke so lovingly and unreservedly about.

AMI joins hands with key partners to deliver a workshop for SL editors on election coverage and prevention of violence

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AMI joins hands with key partners to deliver a workshop for SL editors on election coverage and prevention of violence

Freetown, 16 February 2018 – AMI has teamed up with key partners to conduct a two-day workshop for Sierra Leonean journalists on election coverage and prevention of violence. This is part of its series of engagements in countries that are holding elections this year.

The workshop, which is jointly organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Peace & Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Media Reform Coordinating Group – Sierra Leone, the African Media Initiative (AMI) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will take place in Freetown from February 16 to 17, 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel.

It will provide an opportunity for media professionals to enhance their knowledge of electoral laws, institutions and processes as well as providing a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas, and the sharing of good practices on the coverage of elections in ways that ensure their success, prevent violence and advance the national development agenda.

The training will bring together some 30 editors from community media, print, TV and radio to enhance the media’s capacity to fulfill its role effectively during electoral processes.

“It’s our belief that the media plays a central role in enriching national conversation around issues that really matter to the common citizens, and election periods offer just that perfect moment when the media has a unique opportunity to shape the discussion and set the agenda for the greater good of the nation,” said Roukaya Kasenally, the Chief Executive Officer of the AMI.

“We therefore need to make sure that the media is fully aware of its role and considers itself an actor rather than a spectator of the much needed change. We need to have a media that understands and breaks down the issues to their various audiences,” added Eric Chinje, Senior Media Advisor at AMI.

“The partnership with AMI comes in handy during this electioneering period as it will further strengthen the capacity of our media practitioners. We hope to deepen the collaboration with AMI on various other sectors going forward to accelerate the reforms in the Sierra Leone media landscape” said Francis Sowa, Chairman of the Media Reform Coordinating Group Sierra Leone (MRCG-SL),

AMI and its other partners have scheduled similar interventions in other African countries that are preparing for elections this year.

About AMI
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth. It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa.

About International IDEA
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics..

About AFSC
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is 100-year-old Quaker non-profit organization that promotes lasting peace with social, justice as a practical expression of faith in action and humanitarian service. Established in 1917, AFSC, on behalf of Friends all over the world was the recipient of the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize. AFSC’s work in Africa includes promoting active non-violence and livelihoods restoration for youth affected by structural violence, inequality and injustice. Supports to lay the groundwork for long-term peace with justice with an approach that involves healing from the trauma of violence, developing self-employment skills and rebuilding a sense of community.

About the MRCG-SL
The Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG-SL) was established in 2014 in response to the need for coordination and reform in the media sector in Sierra Leone.
It’s members are senior representatives from important media actors in Sierra Leone which are the Independent Media Commission (IMC); the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC); Guild of Newspaper Editors (GoE); Women in Media in Sierra Leone (WIMSAL); Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ); Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU); Independent Radio Network (IRN); Cotton Tree News (CTN) and Mass Communication Department, Fourah Bay College.

Leadership Changes at the African Media Initiative: A Reconstituted Board and New Management Announced

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Leadership Changes at the African Media Initiative: A Reconstituted Board and New Management Announced
Dr. Roukaya Kasenally, current Senior Advisor, swaps roles with CEO, Eric Chinje

Nairobi, December 22, 2017 – The Chair of the Board of Directors of the African Media Initiative (AMI), Mr. Wale Aboderin, has announced the members of a reconstituted Board and the new management team of the continental media organization.
In a letter to new and outgoing members of the Board, Mr. Aboderin underscored the importance of taking those measures that will ensure that AMI continues its mission to support the emergence of a pro-development media in Africa. The new Board, he said, will work more closely with management to generate the resources needed to scale up current programs in line with the objectives of the organization.

The reconstituted Board comprises:

Mr. Wale Aboderin – Chair
Ms. Eugenie Aw-Ndiaye – West Africa
Mr. Omar Ben Yedder – African Diaspora (Media)
Mr. Eric Chinje – Central Africa
African Diaspora – (Representative of Multilateral Institutions)
Ms. Rebecca Enonchong – African Diaspora (Technology)
Ms. Julie Gichuru – East Africa
Ms. Ipeleng Selele – Southern Africa
Pr. Laeed Zaghlami – North Africa
Dr. Roukaya Kasenally — (Ex Officio Member)

The Board statement also announced the appointment of Dr. Roukaya Kasenally to replace outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Eric Chinje, who has come to the end of his term. Dr. Kasenally will head a leadership team that would include two Senior Advisors: Mr. Wangethi Mwangi and Mr. Chinje (who, at the urging of the Board Chair, agreed to stay on and support the new CEO).

In an address to staff before leaving Nairobi, Mr. Chinje recognized the dedication of a team that had worked to keep the vision of AMI alive under very difficult circumstances. “You made enormous sacrifices to keep an African dream alive,” he said, “participating in a faith project that will someday make this continent proud.”

Dr. Kasenally, who currently lectures at the University of Mauritius along with her role as Senior Advisor for Media Development, had been with AMI since its incorporation in 2010. She takes the helm of the organization with effect from January 1, 2018.

About AMI
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth.
It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa.

Journalists from All Over the World Cooperate to Strengthen Migration Coverage

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Journalists from All Over the World Cooperate to Strengthen Migration Coverage

 

• Close to 20 nations, connected by one intention: to improve the quality of international migration reporting.

• The “Journalism in a Global Context” Spring School in Dakar aims to strengthen an intercultural approach to one of the most momentous issues of the globalized world.
• Trained journalists will received grants to report on migration issues for a period of one year

Dakar (Senegal), 19 March 2018 – Africa and Europe-based institutions just concluded a weeklong training in Dakar to deepen understanding of migration-related issues and strengthen its media coverage on the continent. The workshop has received generous support from the Germany-based Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism of TU Dortmund University, the German magazine Africa Positive, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the African Media Initiative (AMI).

The Spring School brought together 28 journalists from Europe and Africa and enabled them to work together on profound and constructive migration stories. The training was also an opportunity for scholars from the fields of development studies, demography and political studies to provide rich and diverse perspectives into the conversation around migration. The research resulting from this event is expected to be integrated in leading media outlets such as The Nation (Nigeria), DIE ZEIT and Spiegel Online (Germany), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), The Ethiopian Herald or CRTV (Cameroon).

The central idea of the project was to connect journalists from Europe and Africa to work together on migration stories – an idea that finally came to life in Dakar. From March 11-17 March, the West African Research Center (WARC) in the Senegalese capital became a dynamic hub for print, TV, radio and online journalists from all over the world — from Greece to Uganda, from Ethiopia to Slovakia. The shared aim was to collaborate on stories connected to migration – and in the process to strengthen the intercultural understanding of the topic.

“African migrants who head to Europe through the desert and the Mediterranean are not traveling to look for a better life; they head out in search of life. It is a life and death option for them and they choose life!” said Eric Chinje, Senior Advisor at the African Media Initiative (AMI), who holds the view that intercontinental migration and the reasons behind the movements are underrepresented in many African media. Hence his support to the “Journalism in a Global Context” (JiGC) project, which started in 2015 in Dortmund, Germany.

“The international coverage on migration is often very Euro-centric – at the same time, coverage of migration in many African countries has too many blank spots”, says Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler, Director of the Germany-based Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism of TU Dortmund University. “We want to promote a realistic image of Africa, exempted from negative clichés such as hunger, drought and sicknesses – but also exempted from positive clichés such as wild animals and romantic sunsets”, adds Veye Tatah, founder of Africa Positive.

The training is part of a larger project that includes content creation and promotion, training as well as research on the different forms of migration. Participating journalists have established a network of specialized reporters on migration issues and will act as a community of practice for purposes of cross-fertilization and peer mentorship.

About AMI
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth. It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa. For more information, visitwww.africanmediainitiative.org or contact Alain Ngono on +254789153827 or via email at angono@africanmediainitiative.org

About Africa Positive
The association “Africa Positive” was founded in 1998 by the Cameroonian Veye Tatah and has set itself the goal, with the help of its eponymous magazine, to contribute to the integration of Africans living in Germany and other new citizens. The magazine is based on an African-German collaboration and represents a counterpoint to the predominantly negative media coverage of Africa. The magazine AFRICA POSITIVE is currently available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

About Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
The Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism is based in Dortmund and was founded in 1991. Its mission is to enrich coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. It promotes art and cultural exchange in exhibitions, dialogue and conference programmes. As a competence centre for international cultural relations, the institute connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media and science. It initiates, moderates and documents discussions on international cultural relations. The institute
is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg and its capital Stuttgart.

About the Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH (Robert Bosch Foundation), a charitable institution, is one of the leading private foundations of Europe that is known for its promotion of natural and social sciences, including public health and science, education, society and culture, and international relations. Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung aims to advance the philanthropic and social endeavors of founder Robert Bosch (1861–1942).
The foundation operates three facilities for health and research in Stuttgart: the Robert Bosch Hospital (Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus), the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and the Institute for the History of Medicine, which houses the private papers of the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann.

PRIX ZIMEO POUR L’EXCELLENCE DANS LES MÉDIAS

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PRIX ZIMEO POUR L’EXCELLENCE DANS LES MÉDIAS

LANCEMENT DE L’APPEL À CANDIDATURES POUR LA 3ÈME ÉDITION

Nairobi, le 30 août 2017 – L’Initiative des médias d’Afrique (AMI) a le plaisir de vous inviter à déposer vos candidatures à la troisième édition des Prix ZIMEO pour l’excellence dans les médias. Le concours est ouvert aux journalistes professionnels en Afrique exerçant produisant des articles/reportages pour la télévision, la radio, la presse écrite ou sur internet et célébrera l’excellence dans le journalisme dans les catégories suivantes :

1. Urbanisation
Ce prix récompensera le/la journaliste ayant produit un reportage et une analyse de très grande qualité. Le jury recherchera des articles qui fournissent des idées novatrices sur les problèmes urgents auxquels sont confrontées les villes africaines
2. Économie maritime
Ce prix sera décerné au/à la journaliste dont les articles auront contribué considérablement à sensibiliser le public sur la question maritime en tant que moteur clé du développement économique.
3. Science et technologie
Ce prix récompensera le/la journaliste qui ressortira mieux l’impact des nouvelles technologies et de la science, et au-delà de cela, les efforts fournis à travers le continent en vue de les exploiter pour un changement positif en Afrique.
4. Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Ce prix sera décerné au/à une journaliste qui a toujours couvert le secteur de l’agriculture et fait preuve d’une compréhension des enjeux supérieure à la moyenne. Le jury sera à la recherche des preuves de la façon dont les articles interrogent le sort des agriculteurs, expliquent les cadres politiques, le soutien du gouvernement, et l’ampleur de leurs effets sur la productivité, la valeur ajoutée, et la sécurité alimentaire.
5. Paix et sécurité
Ce prix récompensera le/la journaliste qui aura contribué le plus à améliorer notre compréhension des causes sous-jacentes des conflits, de l’insécurité et de l’instabilité politique ainsi qu’à une meilleure appréciation des mécanismes, des systèmes et des politiques qui renforcent la paix et la sécurité.
6. Énergie et infrastructure
Le prix récompensera le/la journaliste qui aura le mieux aidé la société à comprendre la politique et l’économie en ce qui concerne l’énergie et les infrastructures en tant que moteurs clés du développement d’une nation.
7. Industries extractives
Si les richesses du sous-sol africain étaient transformées en richesses pour tous ceux qui vivent sur la surface du sol, le continent serait comparable à la terre décrite dans la Bible où coule le lait et le miel. La plupart du temps, les ressources naturelles ont été plus le signe avant-coureur des rivalités politiques, des guerres et de la destruction qu’un moteur de construction, de développement et de progrès. Ce prix sera décerné au/à la journaliste dont les articles permettent mieux à la société de comprendre la gouvernance de l’industrie extractive ainsi que la politique de gestion des ressources naturelles.
8. Médias et numérique/journalisme des données
“Le numérique d’abord” est le maître-mot actuellement dans de nombreuses entreprises de presse, ce qui suggère que la presse écrite est rejetée à l’arrière plan. Quelles sont les stratégies appliquées par les rédacteurs-en-chef pour rester aux avant-postes et quels sont ceux qui innovent le plus ? Comment cela change-t-il la façon dont l’information est couverte et comment les journalistes ajoutent-ils de la valeur à ce processus? Ce prix récompensera le/la journaliste qui aura assuré une meilleure symbiose entre les données, la visualisation, et la narration pour produire un journalisme innovant.
9. Conservation et changement climatique
Ce prix primera l’excellence dans les reportages qui sensibilisent le public à l’impact du changement climatique tout en améliorant la compréhension par la société de l’ensemble des efforts fournis pour l’action climatique en Afrique.
10. Objectifs de développement durable
Le passage des Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement vers les Objectifs de développement durable est le mantra actuel des institutions de développement. Ce prix vise à récompenser et à célébrer le reportage qui aura concentré de manière constante, diligente et précise ses ressources pour raconter le passage des OMD aux ODD afin d’attirer l’attention de la société sur le but ultime de la mutation : un avenir plus brillant.
11. Ressources animales et pêches / biotechnologie
Ce prix récompensera le/la journaliste qui aura produit des articles ou des reportages sur l’application et la réglementation de la biotechnologie moderne et de la recherche dans ce secteur.
12. Agenda 2063 de l’Union africaine
Ce prix primera le/la journaliste qui aura le plus contribué à approfondir la compréhension par les citoyens du rôle de l’UA et, en particulier, des stratégies qu’elle emploie comme socle pour l’amélioration de la qualité de vie sur le continent.

Les journalistes intéressés sont encouragés à présenter soit des articles/reportages ou des dossiers thématiques dans les langues suivantes, anglais, français, portugais, arabe et kiswahili. Notre panel de juges panafricains s’attend à recevoir des candidatures remplissant les conditions suivantes:

• L’aptitude à faire montre d’une haute qualité de reportage/d’écriture en termes d’originalité, de profondeur, de rigueur, de recherche, d’effort d’investigation, d’esprit d’innovation, de clarté, de recherche appropriée des sources, d’équité, d’exactitude, d’analyse exhaustive du contexte, de l’historique et être doté(e) d’une compréhension au-dessus de la moyenne du sujet abordé.
• Les articles devraient être centrés sur les données et faire usage des outils numériques créatifs tels que la cartographie, la production participative et la visualisation pour aider à raconter l’histoire.
• Les articles doivent citer plusieurs sources.
• Communiquer le sujet de manière à rendre l’article pertinent et attachant pour les publics ; et l’article ou le reportage devrait contenir les preuves de son impact social ou des bénéfices à la société.
• Offrir, dans la mesure du possible, une perspective panafricaine.

La date limite de soumission des candidatures est fixée pour le 22 septembre 2017 et les prix seront remis aux gagnants lors d’une conférence des médias qui se tiendra à Addis-Abeba, en Éthiopie, en novembre de cette année.
Toutes les candidatures doivent être soumises à: zimeoawards@africanmediainitiative.org
TELECHARGER LE FORMULAIRE DE CANDIDATURE

Pour toute question, veuillez contacter:
Justus Machio
Chargé de la communication et du rayonnement
Initiative des médias d’Afrique
Jmachio@africanmediainitiative.org

À propos d’AMI
L’Initiative des médias d’Afrique (AMI) est une organisation panafricaine ayant pour but de renforcer les médias privés et indépendants du continent, en mettant l’accent sur les propriétaires et les gestionnaires, afin de promouvoir la gouvernance démocratique, le développement social et la croissance économique. Elle y œuvre grâce à un ensemble d’activités stratégiques visant à transformer le paysage des médias et des communications sur le continent. L’objectif global d’AMI est de promouvoir l’émergence des médias pluralistes en tant qu’ingrédient nécessaire et crucial de la gouvernance démocratique, ainsi que du développement économique et humain en Afrique.