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For decades we were forced to consume content that has nothing to do with Africa such programs leading to a degradation of thinking and traditions in African countries.

RT, Sputnik and other Russian media to open offices in Africa – Putin

from RT Live

WORK has already begun for Russian media outlets to open new offices in Africa, including RT and Sputnik, President Vladimir Putin has said.

Russia and Africa should create a joint information space, Putin argued on Thursday, addressing participants at the Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum in St. Petersburg.

Russian President Vladinir Putin addresses the the Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum in St. Petersburg ©  AFP / Tass / Valery Sharifulin

Objective and unbiased information on global events will be broadcast on the continent, the Russian leader added.

Work is already underway to open offices of the leading Russian media outlets in Africa: TASS news agency, Rossiya Segodnya [media group, which includes RIA Novosti and Sputnik], RT television channel, the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Rossiyskaya Gazeta [newspaper],” Putin stated.

Some Russian news outlets already have bureaus operating in Africa, including TASS, which maintains a number of offices there. The outlet has so far focused on reporting African news to Russian readers, but will now expand its operations to broadcast to an African audience.

During a panel hosted by RT as part of the summit, Gregoire Ndjaka, the head of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), said that “we’re open to cooperation with all Russian media. We’re ready to welcome them in Africa.”

“For decades, we were forced to consume content that has nothing to do with Africa,” he pointed out, adding that such programs have led to a “degradation of thinking and traditions” in some countries.

Russia is “very capable and has the media technologies needed by Africa, but in order to succeed on this market, it must understand that there has to “be mutually beneficial cooperation,” the AUB chief added.

The content produced by the Russian media has “to reflect the situation in Africa. Africa is a developing place. Africa is constantly at work. One shouldn’t see Africa through the lenses of stereotypes, the ideas perpetuated by legacy media,” he said.

According to Ndjaka, the presence of outlets like RT and Sputnik is “very important” for Africa, as it’s needed to “maintain the balance” in coverage of events on the continent.