German foundation train African journalists to promote press freedom

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Some of the participants at the training in Germany.

A German organisation, Taz Panter Foundation, says it is training African journalists to promote journalism.

A board member of the foundation, Ms Konny Gellenbeck, stated this during a workshop it organised for African Journalists with support from German Foreign office, on Monday in Berlin.

“This year, we had two workshop with African journalists from 16 countries and also a workshop with female Iraqi journalists .

“We are doing this because we think independent journalism is the basis of democracy and all over the world journalism is under pressure,” she said.

She said that the workshop would also promote networking and collaborations amongst African journalists, adding that journalists in Germany and Europe would also get to hear the experiences of their colleaques in Africa.

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She said that the maiden edition of the African Journalists training which started from April 2021 to February 2022, was funded by the cooperation members to promote press freedom and diversity .

Earlier in his remarks , a board member of the foundation , Mr Micheal Sontheimer, said that Taz newspaper was established to influence change in government policy and to ensures transparency and accountability in governance .

He explained that the media was critical in influencing change through setting public agenda for appropriate action by relevant stakeholders.

In her remarks, the Editor In Chief of Taz, Ms Ukrike Winkelmann, said that the organisation was committed in developing journalism through its digital and physical conferences and workshops.

The Taz Panter Foundation is closely linked to Taz die tageszeitung , an independent German Nrewapaper.

One of the participants from Ehtiopia, Mr Solomon Kebede, described the workshop as a good platform to network with colleagues from Africa, while sharing their individual experiences .

News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants of the workshop were drawn from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Cameroun, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sudan, Egypt, Mali, Algeria ,Rwanda and Somalia.

The workshop in Berlin is the final programme of the Taz Africa workshop tagged “Access: Connecting in Times of Pandemic”.

The first part of the workshop was a series of 12 webinars on topics which includes : COVID-19 and the Global South; Gender; Fake News and Disinformation and Digital Security and Migration, among others.


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