Praia, Sep 27 (Inforpress) – The Minister of State defended that building a developed, inclusive and democratic country requires plural, independent and responsible public communication, stressing that the future of African press agencies depends on the consolidation of democracy.
Fernando Elísio Freire made these statements this Thursday, presiding over the official opening ceremony of the 7th meeting of the Executive Board of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA), which is taking place in Praia, under the theme “The Challenges of African press agencies in the 21st century ”.
The Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Sports stressed the importance of the event, which, as he stressed, allows us to build the path of a free society and exchange of experiences, with a view to contributing to the construction of a democratic Africa and bearer of all values of freedom of the press, namely in terms of information and multimedia training. “Building an inclusive and democratic developed country requires a pluralistic, independent and responsible public media, promoting the autonomy and dignity of the human person in partnership with NGOs, religious organizations in particular, but also promoting, preserving and disseminating social values,” he said.
For Fernando Elísio Freire, “There is no future for press agencies if democracy does not win in Africa”, reinforcing, on the other hand, the “strong commitment” of the Cabo Verdean Government to promote press freedom and reinforce Inforpress’s autonomy and independence.