Nigerian Paper Names Thabo Mbeki 'African Of the Year'

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki was named "African of the Year" by Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper at the African Media Leaders Forum in Dakar, Senegal.

Mbeki was honoured for his outstanding leadership in his efforts to avert war between Sudan and South Sudan.


Media Mirrors Society, Says Mo Ibrahim

"If you look into the mirror and you are not happy, maybe you are ugly," the Sudanese mobile telecoms pioneer told the forum.

The Troubling Issue of Media Financing

Access to finance poses serious obstacles to African media development.

Young Should Take Over Media

A communications specialist wants youth included in media management.

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Senegalese star Baaba Maal entertained Africa's media leaders at the African Media Leaders Forum meeting in Dakar.

Only 10 African Nations Have Free Media - Professor

The Ghanaian-born Professor George Ayittey, right, stressed the importance of media and free flow of information on the advancement and development of societies, adding that out of the 54 countries in Africa, only 10 have free media.

Media Urged to Implement Digital Newsrooms

Digital journalism specialist Justin Arenstein said new mobile digital platforms in newsrooms strengthens social links between individuals and favors common interest.

Turkey Signs Agreement With African Media Initiative

Turkey's Vice-Prime Minister, Bülent Arinç attended the forum, amid controversy on some participants' Twitter feeds over the number of Turkish journalists in prison.

Media Essential to Promote Good Governance, Forum Hears

Social actors in countries plagued by corruption and ineffective governance can be held accountable only through the media, a public debate ahead of the African Media Leaders Forum has been told.

(left) African Media Initiative head Amadou Mahtar Ba.

Media Need Financial Consolidation

Financial consolidation is a must for media groups to perform well, says Amadou Kanouté, the executive director of the Pan-African Institute for Consumers’ Citizenship and Development.

Reward Media for Resisting Pressure, Says Chief

Media Trust Limited's chief executive officer, Nigeria's Kabiru Abdullahi Yusuf has suggested that media should be rewarded for resisting government pressures and control.

Highlight Marginalized, Media Told

The founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité, Bineta Diop, has urged the media to show a positive image of marginalized groups, particularly women and young men.

5th African Media Leaders Forum Kicks Off

The main theme of this year's AMLF sessions is "Africa 3.0: Strengthening Media and Governance through Citizens’ Engagement and Innovation".

Africa's Media Under Fire

Another Media Worker Killed in Somalia

A renowned poet and media worker has become the 18th media worker to be killed in the country this year.

Zimbabwe's Private Media Under Threat

There are fears that Zimbabwe's small but vibrant private media face renewed muzzling ahead of elections next year.

Bonfire for Censored Angolan Newspaper

A recent edition of a weekly newspaper ended up in a bonfire after including an opposition leader's speech.

History of the AMLF


Dakar 2008 - First Media Leaders Forum Convenes

Linus Gitahi, left, CEO of the Nation Media Group in Kenya, with the chairman of Nigeria's THISDAY Group, Nduka Obaigbena, at the inaugural meeting of the forum. Around 30 CEOs of African media organizations called for a stronger push for media development in Africa.

Yaoundé 2009 - Owners Seek Integration of Old, New Media

Speakers at the second African Media Leaders Forum called for an integration of old and new media in presenting information to the people of Africa. The meeting ended with a call on media owners and operators to embrace the digital revolution for seamless information dissemination.

Lagos 2010 - Africa's Media Growing, But Where's the Funding?

Media owners from across the African continent vowed at the AMLF meeting in Cameroon to end reliance on donor funding and rid the industry of corrupt practices. The forum brought together more than 225 African media owners from 48 African countries.

Tunis 2011 - Media Leaders Focus on Development

Some 350 media owners and editors joined the fourth annual forum to discuss how to help improve the living conditions of Africans. Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid El Sebsi, right, spoke of an active social media landscape in his newly democratized country.

PHOTO ESSAY: Launching the African Media Leaders Forum in Dakar

African Media Leaders Meet on Development Issues - November 2008