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Africa's path to press freedom goes online

August 12, 2010 12:27 PM ET

Fifty years ago, development journalism helped to silence dissenting voices: One had to rally to the fathers of the nation for the sake of national unity. Accordingly, the legacy of these 50 years of Francophone media in Africa is...

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Gabon's press blossoms, faces financial challenges

August 10, 2010 2:14 PM ET

I will never forget that morning of August 17, 1960, in Port-Gentil when I was awakened with a jolt by the screams: "Long live independence, long live freedom!" Yet Gabon would not see the emergence of an independent and pluralistic...

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Mali's press: The paradox of its two faces

August 9, 2010 12:37 PM ET

In terms of freedom of expression and democratic and media pluralism, Mali is undeniably today one of the leading countries in francophone Africa. In this year marking the 50th anniversary of Mali's independence, the country's media pool includes 300 private FM radio stations, and...

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Obama tells Africa forum 'no reason' for press restriction

August 6, 2010 4:22 PM ET

One out of 10 delegates participating this week in U.S. President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Forum was a journalist. The forum, a U.S. initiative meant to spark discussions on the future of Africa in a year when 17 countries on the continent...

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Senegalese press growing against all odds

August 4, 2010 12:45 PM ET

Fifty years after independence, the profession of journalism seems to have retained its prestige with the general public in Senegal. The Senegalese press is considered one of the most vibrant in Francophone Africa. It benefits from the country’s extensive democratic experience and the...

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Chad’s vibrant press shook off chains of the state

August 2, 2010 11:19 AM ET

When Chad proclaimed independence on August 11, 1960, I was still attending primary school and had never heard of journalism. I listened only to music on the radio. But there was euphoria everywhere in Sarh, south of Chad where...

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In Ivory Coast, old struggles give way to new challenges

July 30, 2010 10:00 AM ET

Independence came when I was attending school at the orientation college in Abidjan-Plateau, and when I was still sneaking to listen to the news on my father’s Grundig radio set. Today, I believe that genuine freedom of the press...

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Togo’s press suffers malaise 50 years after independence

July 23, 2010 2:47 PM ET

In the year marking the 50th anniversary of Togo’s independence, the Togolese press is suffering from an obvious malaise—a malaise perceived by the informed citizen and not by communications professionals themselves. This malaise transpires in the daily practice of...

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A springtime for Burkina Faso’s press

July 21, 2010 5:28 PM ET

I will continue to relive for a long time August 5, 1960, the day Upper Volta, as Burkina Faso was then known, proclaimed independence from France! As a presenter of the newly founded national radio network, I was on...

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After 50 years, journalism at a crossroads in Madagascar

July 21, 2010 8:01 AM ET

Madagascar recently celebrated its 50th Independence Day, a milestone for a Malagasy press that has been documenting through difficult periods the nation’s tumultuous journey of self-rule. The funny thing is that most of our written press is in French, as...

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