Stories about Abidjan Blog Camps
2010 was an eventful year for Rising Voices and its community. The community bade farewell to the outgoing Director of Outreach, David Sasaki and welcomed the new Director Eduardo Ávila. In this post we look at some of the notable news of the grantees community we featured in the Rising Voices website in 2010.
As threats to public interest journalism are evident from all quarters, journalists are increasingly resorting to cover only certain types of news and neglect serious events, failing media to be a watchdog, exposing malpractices and holding people accountable. Théophile Kouamouo of Abidjan Blog Camps explains why true public interest journalism is urgently required in Africa
The African blogosphere exploded with anger and concern when Théophile Kouamouo was arrested with his two colleagues of the Ivorian Daily Le Nouveau Courrier for refusing to name the source of a published report. Ivorian bloggers like Manasse Dehe used blog posts and Facebook groups to update latest information and spread the news to the world. The three journalists were freed on 26th of July after spending two-weeks in prison.
Théophile Kouamouo, one of Francophone Africa's leading bloggers, and the project leader of the Rising Voices grantee Abidjan Blog Camps has been arrested for publishing a newspaper report. Théophile Kouamouo is the Managing Editor of the Ivorian daily 'Le Nouveau Courrier', which published a report on the embezzlement in the coffee and cocoa sector of Ivory Coast. Théophile and his colleagues of the newspaper were arrested because they did not reveal the source of the information.
Members of the Rising Voices grantee Abidjan Blog Camps participated in the Abidjan Barcamps 2010 in March. In that event its project leader Theophile Kouamouo advocated for an union of online content producers in Ivory Coast, which would seek to protect their production and their value.
Things are not always as it seems and there are stories behind stories. People read many news everyday and are usually influenced by these reports. There is hardly any effort to fact check by a common person. But blogging and citizen journalism can make a difference. The bloggers of Ivory Coast discuss about cocoa and fare trade, a new website called Avenue Afrique, the second Edition of Barcamp Abidjan and many more issues.
On Saturday, December 19, 2009 the second Alloco Bloggers Party was organized in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Dozens of Ivorian bloggers were present including several bloggers who attended the Abidjan blog camps. Meanwhile the success of the citizen journalism platform Avenue 225 in Ivory Coast led Israël Yoroba to launch a similar platform titled Avenue 223 in neighboring Mail.
Today is the Blog Action Day and this annual event aims to unite the world's bloggers where they write about a single topic in a single day to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion on the subject. Some of the members of Rising Voices projects participated in this event and we bring to you a brief round-up.
It was a busy weekend for three Rising Voices grantee projects as representatives from Blogging Since Infancy, Voces Bolivianas, Abidjan Blog Camps, and HiperBarrio all spoke about their projects at major international conferences.
Rising Voices grantee Abidjan Blog Camps has recently launched a blog outreach campaign targeting the teenagers from high schools of Ivory Coast. The 'blog your holidays' workshop will be held for two weeks. In the first week the students will receive training on citizen journalism and how to blog. On the second week they will search materials for their posts which will be published simultaneously in their own blogs and the project blog.
Théophile Kouamouo, one of Francophone Africa's leading bloggers, is arranging a series of blogcamps in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with the help of a community of experienced bloggers and supported by a Rising Voices Micro Grant. The workshops on blogging, podcasting, video-blogging etc. will bring more and more Ivorians to the blogosphere to voice their opinions on different issues that affect their lives.