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Vanguard Man to Speak in Toronto

10 February 2007 at 22:31 | 36674 views

Sahr Musa Yamba, the Patriotic Vanguard’s correspondent in Winnipeg, Canada, will on Thursday, February 15th together with other top African panelists, speak on the media in Africa at the University of Toronto.

Sahr(photo), a graduate of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, will speak mainly on the media in Sierra Leone. He is scheduled to take part in what has been anticipated by the organizers (Journalists for Human Rights) to be a "thought-provoking" discussion to be moderated by a leading Canadian journalist, Marci Ien on "the role of the media in African development".

The panelists, most of them African journalists, will, according to JHR, "explore issues related to the role of the media in Africa, particularly its effects on human rights, economic development and good governance".

The five panelists are Ato Kwamena Dadzie, JHR’s Country Director and leading journalist in Ghana who is currently on a speaking tour in Canada, Innocent Madawo,a former News Editor of the Zimbabwe Inter-African News Agency, Thomas Asiimwe, a former journalism professor in Uganda, Sahr Musa Yamba, a former editor of Concord Times newspaper in Freetown and now with the Patriotic Vanguard in Canada,and Nick Fobih, a Ghanaian-Canadian expert on African governance. The moderator,Marci Ien, is Canada AM news anchor and recipient of the Canadian Radio and Television News Director’s Award in 1995.

The event will be held at the Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building (University of Toronto) at 144 College Street, Room B250. This building is only steps from the north west exit of Toronto’s Queeen’s Park subway station. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the panel discussion starts at 7:00pm. The event will last until 8:00 pm. Attendees could also join the panelists for a drink and casual conversation following the event at O’Grady’s Tap and Grill, 171 College Street, directly across the street from the event venue. JHR has reserved the top section of the bar and there will be no cover.

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)is a growing charitable organization that harnesses the power of the media to combat human rights abuses. By building the capacity of the media to report effectively on human rights issues, JHR’s work pressures abusers to stop and empowers victims to fight back. Since 2002, JHR has run projects in 10 African countries and works with local media organizations to reach 20 million Africans with human rights related stories on a weekly basis.