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African Media Leaders Forum postponed due to Ebola crisis

10 September 2014, 09:00

Dakar - The African Media Initiative (AMI) on Tuesday announced the postponement of the 7th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) due to the Ebola epidemic in West African countries.

Report says the forum was scheduled for November 12 to 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“As part of precautionary measures to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into South Africa, the Department of Health issued a travel advisory for travellers.”

“Especially those coming from affected countries,” AMI said in a statement.

Also Read: Ebola: Ban to convene high-level meeting at UN headquarters to scale-up response

AMI, however, advised that the event would take place in November 2015 in South Africa.

“The current travel advisory, and the bleak outlook provided by international medical agencies, including Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), has forced this postponement,” AMI explained.

According to the Event Director, Maimouna Jallow, AMLF is a pan African event with approximately half of its delegates coming from West Africa.

“The AMLF is about networking, discussing ideas and finding new and joint solutions to problems that plague the African media sector.”

“We cannot take the risk of half of our core constituents being left out of the conversation,” Jallow said.

AMI reemphasized its solidarity with those affected by the Ebola epidemic, saying it will continue to use its extensive media networks to support governments and people to fight this crisis.

-    NAN


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