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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Africa Media and Democracy Conference PROGRAMME DETAILS

ACCRA- GHANA -PROGRAMME DETAILS:

 

DAY-1 – 18   AUGUST 2010

 

7.00 am-10.00am - REGISTRATION

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9.30am WELCOME COCTAIL RECEPTION & CULTURAL PERORMANCE BY    THE GHANA DANCE ENSEMBLE.

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10.00 am –10.05 am - INTRODUCTION & WELCOME: MRS - DEMAY ALARBI

10.05 am– 10.15am - CHAIRMAN OPEN REMARKS - PROF. KWAMI KARIKARI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Media Foundation For West Africa-MFWA)

10.15 am -10.25 am- ADDRESS BY DIRECTOR OF AMDMC- BARIMA ADU-ASAMOA

10.25am- 10.50 am-OFFICIAL OPENING ADDRESS BY H.E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMAH - THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF GHANA.

10.50am – 11.10am - CHAIRMAN CLOSING  REMARKS

 

 *GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - ALL DELEGATES AND VIPS

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11.10am – 12.00pm TEA & COCOA BREAK

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PLENARY -1: NEW MEDIA & DEMOCRACY

Dedicated To The Memory of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (1909 - 1972)

 

TIME: 12.10pm -1.10 pm                  

                         

CHAIRPERSON: BAFFOUR ANKOMAH, EDITOR - NEW AFRICAN MAGAZINE (UK)

 

(1)YANG JIOA- Identity, social rights and the role of the internet media: A case study of Chinese entrepreneurs in Ghana. University of Florida. (USA)

(2) EDDIE CAVINES OMBAGI- Digital Media and Democracy: How the internet is changing the Face of African Politics. Kabianga University College. (MALAWI)

 (3)AKIN IWILADENew media, Intermediality and the future of Democracy in Nigeria.Obafemi Awolowo University. (NIGERIA)

(4) DR. CHRISTY BEST-The New Media as Tools for Participatory, Democracy and Good Governance. University.(NIGERIA)

(5)MESHACH OFUAFOR - The Influence of "New Media" forms on Media Reportage and Democracy in Nigeria. Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.  (NIGERIA)

(6) AHIABENU KWAMI, II- Covering elections in Africa using mobile phones.

 (Director, International Institute for ICT Journalism and Consultant, African Elections Project. (Ghana)

 CHAIRPERSON CLOSING REMARKS

 

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1.10pm– 2.00pm - LUNCH

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PLENARY -2: MEDIA & DEMOCRACY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MADAM FATHIA NKRUMAH (1932-  2007).

 

TIME: 2.00pm- 3.00pm

 

CHAIRPERSON: MR. GABBY OCHERE-DARKO, DIRECTOR, - DANQUAH INSTITUTE

(7)  ORLANDO BAMA: Assessing media development in developing societies: in search of a new paradigm for Africa in the late modern age.

(Institute of Communication Studies – University of Leeds)

(8) IGINIO GAGLIARDONE: New media, new players, new questions: towards new models for media development. (UK)

(Stanhope Centre - London School of Economics)

(9) PROF.RAN JIJUN Transcending the African paradigm: seeking a PR strategy with Chinese characteristics.

(Department of International Studies – Foreign Affairs University – Bejing)

 (10) DR. LI XIFENG: Perspectives on the role of China in the development of the CHINA. African media sector. (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)(CHINA)

(11)  DR.NICOLE STREMLAU: Problematizing press freedom rankings

(Programme of Comparative Media Law and Politics – Oxford University)

CHAIRPERSON CLOSING REMARKS

3.00pm – CLOSE

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THE ACCRA TOUR - 19th AUGUST 2010 – TIME: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

THE ACCRA TOUR:  Visit the Mausoleum of one of Africa's most influential political leaders and political philosophers in the 20th century, Osagyfou Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana and principal advocate of Pan-Africanism. Take a trip to the Dubois Centre in memory of leading African – American scholar and major intellectual icon of the Africana World, then follow up to the George Padmore Library, dedicated to the memory of Dr. George Padmore, the West-Indian Pan-Africanist and special adviser to Ghana's first President. George Padmore greatly influenced Dr. Nkrumah's Pan-African project: The political liberation of Africa.

 W.E.B DuBOIS CENTER: The W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture is a national historic monument of Ghana, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture.  The final resting place of W.E.B. and Shirley Graham Du Bois, this major World tourist site houses the mausoleum, personal library, and museum of the Du Boises' rich lives as influential American and Pan-African thinkers and activists.  The Centre was created, in 1985, as a research institution for Pan-African history and culture, and as a crucible for African/Diasporan creativity and promotion of the social, political, cultural, and intellectual legacy of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois.

THE ACCRA  TOUR   SCHEDULE (Local Time)

  • Date: 19th August 2010 (Tuesday)
  • Departure from  Conference Venue:  3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
  • End of tour:  5. 00pm

 

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6.00pm  – 8pm SOCIAL/NETWORKING @NIC

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DAY-2 – 19th AUGUST 2010

 

7am -10am-REGISTRATION

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10.00 am – 10.05am -Introduction & Welcome

10.05am – 10.10am – CHAIRPERSON:  PROF. DR.DR. DANIEL BUOR, VICE-CHANCELLOR, VALLEY VIEW UNIVERSITY.

10.15am- 10.25 am– KEY NOTE ADDRESS: DR. KWADJO AFARI DJAN (Chairman Electoral Commission of Ghana)

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PLENARY- 3 – MEDIA, ELECTIONS & DEMOCRACY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF DR. W.E.B  DUBIOS (1868 – 1963)

 

TIME: 10.00am -11.00am

 

CHAIRPERSON DR. GARETH STANTON, GOLDSMITH, UNIVERSITY OF LONDN

 (12)FREDRICK OGENGA-Fast-Track programme, electoral land grabs or local South African press expressing fears of a Zimbabwe in South Africa? The representation of economic collapse in Zimbabwe. University of Witwatersrand.(SOUTH AFRICA)

 (13) TAYE C. OBATERU- Ethnic in Media Coverage of Elections and the Electoral Process. University of JOS. (NIGERIA)

 (14) AKPOJIVI UFUMA-The fairness clause: an examination of media freedom during electioneering period in Nigeria. (UK)

(15)  JEFF JOHN KABONDOThe Media and Democracy in Malawi: Reflection on Malawi's Electoral Democracy. (MALAWI)

 (16) JANICE WINTER, Mediating Polarities in South Africa's Defensive Democracy. Axes Programme on Journalism and Democracy - (UK)

CHAIRMAN CLOSING REMARKS

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11.00 am– 11.15am TEA & COCOA BREAK

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PLENARY -4:  MEDIA, SOCIETY & DEMOCRACY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF DR.  JOHN CLERKE   (1915-1998)

 

TIME: 11.15am -12.45pm

 

CHAIRPERSON:  PROF. KWESI  YANKAH  -  PRO VICE CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF GHANA.

(17)DR. SIMEON H.O. ALOZIEUWA- Media, Ownership Influence and Crisis\Conflict Situation in a Multi- Ethnic Society: Toward a Framework for Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria. (NIGERIA).

 (18) UTULU, ANTHONY U & AWOPEJU AYO -The role of the Media in the Concept of good Governance in Nigeria. (NIGERIA)

(19) DANIEL NKRUMAH-Defying the odds: Ghanaian media thrive despite difficult challenges. (Daily Graphic – Accra) (GHANA)

(20)TIMOTHY QUIASHIGAH-From " Radioracy" to " Radiocrazy": The Evolution of (GHANA.)

 (21) DAN ELLA, Media truth and crisis management: The Jos Experience (NIGERIA)

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12.45pm– 1.45pm LUNCH

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1.45-2.45: CULTURAL PERFORMANCE BY THE GHANA DANCE EMSEMBLE@NIC

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MEDIA WORKSHOP PRORAMME-1

2.45 pm – 3.45pm

 

CHAIRPERSON: AMBASSADOR KRABAL BLAY-AMIHERE

(Chairman, National Media Commission, Ghana)

 

LEAD SPEAKER: ALOYS BATUNGWANAYO:

'THE BURUNDIAN EXPERIENCE' (LA BENEVOLENCIJA BURUNDI). The session is based on the research of 15 Journalists from different media houses currently implementing a media/election program in Burundi. Mbariza Ntore ("inform us so we can vote"): journalistic unity in the land of political pluralism. A media synergy project in Burundi to Improve Journalistic Reporting around the 2010 Elections. The presentation will be structured around two concepts: first, understanding the Burundian (central African) context and second, the explanation of a combined media synergy project that accompanies the elections of 2010.

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MEDIA WORKSHOP PRORAMME-2

 

3.45 – 4.45:

OVERVIEW: Informing responsibly: A National Duty? The focus of this programme is to provide participants with critical insight on the role, responsibility and pitfalls in covering/reporting elections. It is intended to provide participants with a legal, constitutional and ethical framework in a local context, but equally draws on diverse examples such as United Kingdom, U.S.A etc.

 

PANEL MEMBERS:

CHAIRPERSON: BOBBY W. LIVINGSTONE, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC INFORMATION NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION. (LIBERIA)

 

(a)   Panel Member :  BAFFOUR ANKOMAH, EDITOR - New African Magazine

(b)   Panel Member : GABBY OTCHERE-DARKO,  Director, -  Danquah Institute

(c)    Panel  Member: PROF. KARIKARI ,  Executive Director, -Media Foundation For West Africa.

(d)   Panel Member : NANA SERWA ASAMOAH –(LLB, FC, LB)

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(e)    4.45pm – 5.45pm - CUTULRAL PERFORMANCE BY GHANA DANCE ENSEMBLE

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6.00pm - CLOSE


DAY-3 – 20th August 2010

 

7am -10am-REGISTRATION

10.00 am – 10.10am -Introduction & Welcome

10.00am – 10.15am – CHAIRPERSON: DR. AUDREY GADZEKPO

 

10.15 – 10.45 – KEY  NOTE ADDRESS: PROF. KWAME  KARIKARI , (Executive Director MFW).

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10.45 – 11.00 TEA & COCOA BREAK

 

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PLENARY -5 MEDIA & DEMOCRACY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF SOJOUNER TRUTH  (1797 – 1883)

 

TIME:11.00-12.00

 

CHAIRPERSON: DR. AUDREY GADZEKPO  AG. DIRECTOR SCHOOL OF

COMMUNICATIONS,  UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, LEGON.

 (22)MISS JOYCE N.OMWOHA- Talk Radio In Kenya: Mediating Public Discourses On Democracy And Good Governance .University Of Witwatersrand.(SOUTH AFRICA)

 (23)MISBAHUDEEN AHMED-RUFAI- Lessons From The Past And Lessons From Abroad.Harold Washington College.(U.S.A)

 (24)  EKUNDAYO AFOLABI- The Africa Media And Democracy.(NIGERIA))

(25) JENDELE HUNGBO - Talking to the polls: election discourses in two radio talk shows in post-apartheid South Africa. (WITWATERAND-SA)

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PLENARY -6 :MEDIA, GENDER & DEMOCRACY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF DR. PATRICE LUMUMBA (1925–1961)

 

TIME:12.00 -1.00

 

CHAIRPERSON : MRS. JEANNETTE QUARCOOPOME, MFW

(26)NICHOLAS A.BASTINE-The Role Of The Media In Protecting Womens and Children's Rights in Democratic Ghana- Lensing The Trokosi System In Ghana.Canada.

 (27) AUGUSTIN-UFUA ENAHORO: Media, Gender And Democracy: The Nigerian Video  Industry As A Paradigm.University of JOS, (NIGERIA)

(28) SAMUEL BENAGRVestiges of the Postcolonial in Ghanaian video film practice.University Of Bedfordshire.

PROF.  KATE ADOO ADEKU AND AMIE JOOF, .Gender, Media and Governance : Experiences from some African countries. (GHANA/SENEGAL)

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1.00pm – 2.00pm  - Lunch

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PLENARY -7  MEDIA, CONFLICT  & DEMOCRACY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF  CHEIKH ANTA DIOP (1923 -  1986)

 

TIME:2.00-3.00

 

CHAIRPERSNON : MRS. JEANNETTE QUARCOOPOME

(29) BAMIDELE OLUWASEUN- Utilizing Informatioin Media To Revitalize The Political Education For Sustainable Democracy In Sub-Saharan Africa.Faith Acadamy,Ota.(NIGERIA)

 (30) GODFREY DANAAN- Ethnic Conflicts And Media Interventions In A Democracy: The Jos Episode.University Of JOS.(NIGERIA)

(31) ELIJAH CHIWOTA: Doing Good Governance From The Grassroots- A Mwanachi Perspective.Zimbabwe.(ZIMBABWE)

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PLENARY -8 MEDIA & DEMOCRACY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF AMY GARVEY ( 1895– 1973)

 

TIME: 3.00pm -4.00pm

 

 CHAIRPERSNON: PROF. BARFUOR ADJEI-BARWUAH

(32)AKPOJIVI UFUOMA- The Fairness Clause: An Examination Of Media Freedom During Electioneering Period In Nigeria .(UK)

(33)YANG JIAO- Internet, Investment Policies And Chinese Entrepreneurs In Ghana. University Of Florida.(U.S.A)

(34)BARNABAS  THONDHLANA- Media, Political Rhetoric's And Political Violence.Zimbabwe.(ZIMBABWE)

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 MEDIA WORK SHOP -3

 5.00pm-  6.00pm  SESSION-2: PANEL DISCUSSION: 'Announcing of elections results' ahead of an Electoral Commission: When does 'announcing' become 'endorsement' of a particular political party contesting a democratic election?

The Panel aims to address and examine among others the location of such media practices, their constitutional legitimacy and their relevance to freedom of information in a democratic dispensation. It will seek to address media practises such as the 'announcing of elections results' ahead of an Electoral Commission or the 'deployment of Press Conferences' by political parties as political posturing during voting and ballot counting period of an election. The conference will address both the constitutional and ethical issues that arise from such practices and provide context for comparison, dialogue and analysis between media practices situated in different cultural-political environment. When does 'announcing' become 'endorsement' of a particular political party contesting a democratic election? What is the impact on the electorate of such early announcements of election results from electoral constituencies? What are the implications for social and national cohesion of such practice in fiercely contested elections? what is the way forward?

The  Panel  is represented  by the Four (4) major political parties in Ghana  that contested the  last (2008) General Elections.

 

CHAIRPERSON: DR. YAW BAODU-AYEBOAFOH (General Manager –Newspapers-Graphic Corporation)

 

Panel Member: MR.  BERNARD MONAH  - PNC ( General-Secretary)

Panel Member: MR. WLIIAM  DOWOKPOR - (Communications Director) CPP

Panel Member: MR. ASIEDU-NKATIA  - (General –Secretary) NDC

Panel Member: MR. AKOTO AMPAW - LLB ( Member Ghana Bar Association,& Coalition on the Rights of Information Bill) Ghana

Panel Member: MR.  DAN BOTWE  -  NPP

 

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6.00pm-6.30pm: OFFICIAL CLOSING CEREMONY ………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 


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