12th May, 2012
Participants at the Turkey-Africa Media Forum which ended on Friday in Ankara have agreed to establish a common platform to promote better media cooperation between Africa and Turkey.
The platform will not only help to ensure better communication but also strengthen consultations and defend the interest of the media, the participants said in a joint statement.
The African and Turkish media professionals agreed on the need for establishment of mechanisms to enable partners to easily access equipment and other materials needed for the development of African media industry. They also agreed to establish a journalist exchange programme and meet annually.
The first Turkey-Africa Media Forum, which was held from May 9 to 10 in Ankara, was organised by the Turkish Directorate General for Press and Information and the African Media Initiative(AMI). The forum was declared open by Turkey’s vice-premier, Bulent Arinc.
The forum was attended by hundreds of journalists, opinion leaders, media experts, academics and politicians from Turkey and Africa.
It is aimed at establishing dialogue and forging a strong partnership between the African and Turkish media.