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ARTICLE 19 ASKED TO SPEARHEAD WEST AFRICAN BROADCASTING NETWORK

ARTICLE 19 (Africa) and the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) have been called upon to spearhead an initiative to bring West Africa's broadcasters together under a regional body to strengthen the promotion of public service broadcasting, reports the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

The call was made at a recent conference organised by ARTICLE 19 and MFWA in Accra, Ghana, which issued a declaration urging governments to reform public service broadcasting and improve citizen participation in the political process.

Affirming broadcasting's "critical role in ? fostering national unity and cultural identity, [and] ensuring access to information [for] all sectors of society," the declaration urges governments to ensure editorial independence, long-term state funding and a regulatory mechanism free of interference.

The declaration also asks ARTICLE 19 and MFWA to assist in conducting an audit of public broadcasting stations in West Africa and to facilitate the creation of a Union of West African Public Broadcasting Institutions.

Read the full declaration here:
www.article19.org


For more information, contact: Fatou Jagne, ARTICLE 19:
[email protected] Visit these links:

- IFJ's Public Broadcasting for All 2002 Campaign:
www.save-public-broadcasting.org


- MFWA's website:
www.mediafoundationwa.org/english/updates.html


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