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Cameroon hosts General Assembly of Union of Francophone Press

Update: 23-11-2019 | 17:41:08

The 48th General Assembly of the Union of Francophone Press (UPF), themed “Journalism of Emotions, Journalism of Information”, took place in Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon, from November 18 – 22.

The event drew nearly 400 journalists from 60 French-speaking countries across the world.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on November 19, UPF President Madiambal Diagne said the event was meant to reaffirm the public’s right to accessing trustworthy and effective sources of information, adding that Yaoundé would be a place that marks renewal in information work on the basis of ensuring the principle of respect for truth and highlighting the objectiveness in the Francophone press.

A number of seminars and round-table dialogues were held with different topics such as “Emotions in media, is it a block off or a plus for information?”, “Emotions, manipulation and information, challenges of ethic and deontology”, among others.

The 49th UPF is due to be held next year in Tunisia which will also host the 18th Francophone Summit.

Founded in 1950, the UPF is a non-governmental organisation that aims to ensure citizens’ right to information freedom and basic values of the press.

It is headquartered in Paris, France, with nearly 60 sub-committees and over 3,000 member journalists in 110 countries. Vietnam’s UPF sub-committee was established by Vietnam News Agency in 1997 when Vietnam hosted the seventh Francophone Summit in Hanoi and the 29th UPF General Assembly.

VNA

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