According to an article in L'Inter (p. 14) the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) is committed to supporting the Ivorian media. The information was given by the UN special envoy in Cote d'Ivoire Bert Koenders who met yesterday in Abidjan with the Ivorian Minister of Communication, Souleimane Diakite Coty.
"The situation in Cote d'Ivoire calls for journalists to be at the front line to organize debates to help people shape their own opinions," Mr. Koenders reportedly said. "Together, we have discussed ways to build Ivorian journalists' capacities and the liberalization of the audiovisual sector," he added.
According to Mr. Koenders, incidents such as the attack on the IDP camp in Duekoue last month could have been prevented if community radio stations operating in the region were efficiently used. He argued that these radio stations must be at the very heart of the reconciliation process, hence UNOCI's decision to support their rehabilitation nationwide.
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