8 November 2012

Africa: 5th African Media Leaders Forum Kicks Off in Dakar

Photo: Tami Hultman/AllAfrica
Amadou Mahtar Ba, chief executive officer of the African Media Initiative and chair of AllAfrica Global Media.

Dakar — The Senegalese capital of Dakar is playing host to the 5th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) which kicked off with a public debate at Cheikh Anta Diop University on Wednesday afternoon (November 7th).

The theme of the debate revolved around ‘Media and Citizenship’ and was being held in collaboration with the Council for the Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA).

The main theme for the three-day meeting focuses on ‘Africa 3.0: Strengthening Media and Governance through Citizens’ Engagement and Innovation’.

During the meeting, participants will also look at how the media is leveraging citizens’ new wave of awareness as Africa is said to be at an important turning point.

At the plenary sessions, the participants will discuss further issues like ‘African News Innovation Challenge and the African Development Reporting Awards as well as Media and Open Data Revolution, among other things.

The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) is the flagship programme of African Media Initiative (AMI), providing media owners and operators an exciting opportunity to interact with peers, investors, policy makers, development partners and technology leaders.

Since 2008, AMLF has grown from 55 participants at its inaugural Forum held in here Dakar, Senegal, to 185 participants in 2009 at the Lagos Forum in Nigeria, and then to 300 participants in 2010 at the Yaoundé, Cameroon Edition.

In November 2011 close to 350 delegates attended the fourth edition of the Forum held in Tunis, Tunisia.

According to organizers, the AMLF will continue to act as the key AMI annual event for the showcasing of its project work and the examination and agenda setting of critical issues facing the media sector.

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