Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Coverage of Elections in Ghana and Kenya: Lessons for Africa's Democracy




PRESS RELEASE                                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Accra, GHANA, Jan. 20, 2009 -- The African University College of Communication, in collaboration with the International Institute for ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) will host a press briefing at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 22, at AUCC's campus located at Discovery House,

No. 2 Jones Nelson Road, off Kojo Thompson Road in Adabraka. The briefing will consist of the exclusive release of the findings of AUCC's Media Monitoring Centre on Ghana's 2008 Elections.


AUCC Dean of Journalism, Absalom Mutere, who was chairman of Kenya Media Council 2002-2007, will lead a panel discussion covering the topic "Coverage of Elections in Ghana and Kenya: Lessons for Africa's Democracy." Other panel members will include:


Paul Adu Gyamfi, chairman, National Media Commission

Kwami Ahiabenu,II Penplusbytes

Alison Bethel, Knight International Journalism Fellow

Reggie Jackson, professor emeritus, Visual Communications, AUCC


AUCC and Penplusbytes monitored the Ghana elections from the AUCC Media Monitoring Centre, including during the run-off and the special election held in the Tain constituency. For the first time since the election, the findings will be shared with the public and the panel will discuss them as well as the way forward for Ghana's media.


Chairman for the session will be Prof Alfred Opubor, Distinguished Professor of Journalism, AUCC.


As an African training institution, AUCC is committed to promoting journalistic excellence particularly at this phase of the continent's political development.  From lessons learned and the sharing of best practices, AUCC believes that journalism will positively contribute to enhancing democracy and stability in Africa.

CONTACT: Absalom Mutere

                    African University College of Communications

                    + 233-21 - 258584

From: African University College of Communications (AUCC)

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