African journalists urged to write more about Africa

Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA, Egypt

Egypt (Cairo), Nov. 12, GNA – Mr Ahmed Haggag,
Secretary General of the African Society in Egypt has called on young
journalists in Africa to write more stories about the African continent to
enable Africans acquaint themselves with situations within the continent.

“I will like you to write more about Africa in
your journalism work, even if you criticize African countries, don’t be afraid,
don’t insult African countries but you have to introduce situations in African
countries to your audience,” Mr Haggag told young journalists attending a
20-day training workshop in Cairo, capital of Egypt.

The journalists are drawn from 22 African
countries, including Ghana, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Egypt, Gambia, Niger,
Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Angola, Congo, Senegal, and South Africa.
The others are Cote d’ lvoire, Uganda, Djibouti, Tunisia, Namibia, Nairobi,
Lesotho, Botswana and Gabon.

He said it was incumbent on all Africans to
acquaint themselves with the happenings in Africa, and charged journalists to
at least remind their audience about Africa’s achievements and failures, and
how the continent could develop.

Mr Haggag, who is Egypt’s former Ambassador to
Kenya, reiterated “don’t be afraid to criticize even my own country Egypt,
don’t insult it, but criticize it,” he said, and advised the young journalists
to be objective in their reportage.

“Please write about Africa, write about
African countries, write about major power policies in Africa, write about the
United Nations in Africa, the European Union in Africa, the oil cites in
Africa, write about what is happening in major cities in African countries, try
to cover African summits,” he insisted.

He entreated the young journalists to create
network of relations among themselves to enable them cooperate and share
information about various happenings in their respective countries.

He observed that many people were sceptical
about the performance of the African Union (AU), and said “they consider it as
a club of Heads of State, they come and speak and nothing is being implemented,
but I do think that they are doing not a very good job, but a good job,” he

Mr Haggag implored young African journalists
to take advantage of the AU Day celebrated on May 25 every year, to write what
they think about the performance of the AU, whether their presence was costing
Africa lots of money, and how it could be improved.

He said it was important for journalists to
investigate and report on how the Arab could cooperate with Africa, “you should
not forget that eleven African countries are members of the AU, and they were
founders of the Organization of the African Unity, and I think almost all Arab
countries have pledged certain amounts of assistance to Africa.”

Mr Haggag disclosed that Egypt had 15,000
African students in universities and other educational institutions who were
enjoying free education, as compared to Africans in the United States of
America who were paying high fees for education.


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