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2005-05-22 Nairobi

2005, May 22: The Aga Khan pointed out that media coverage of the continent was at times adversarial and negative and called for changes that promote greater partnership between journalists and government. He said that Africa has suffered what he described as “manipulative journalism” promoted by materialism, commercial interests, civil society and practised by ill educated reporters. This kind of journalism, he said preys on gullible journalists and is in conflict with public interest, Africa’s human development and moral aspirations.

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President Mwai Kibaki addresses participants of the International Press Institute Conference and 54the General Assembly at K.I.C.C, Nairobi on Sunday.

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President Kibaki confers with the Aga Khan after officially opening the IPI Congress yesterday

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The Aga Khan (L) and the Director of the International Press Instiute Johann Fritz listen to the opening remarks during the official opening ceremony of the International Press Institute and the 54th World Congress General Assembly in Nairobi May 22, 2005. Rwanda President Paul Kagame accused the western media of portraying Africa as a continent wracked with poverty, war and disease, adding that it was up to Africans to change that image,and he also said that the negative portrayal of the continent was one of the reasons it was lagging behind in development.

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From left: IPI global chairman Wilfred Kiboro, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, President Kibaki, the Aga Khan, IPI director Johann P Fritz and Vice-President Moody Awori at the official opening of the International Press Institute World Congress and 54th General Assembly in Nairobi yesterday. Photo by Joseph Mathenge

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Highness the Aga Khan addresses delegates of the IPI World Congress at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre yesterday.

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President Kibaki (centre) with Rwanda President Paul Kagame (left) and The Aga Khan during the official opening of the International Press Institute world congress and 54th general assembly at Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, yesterday.

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President Mwai Kibaki welcomes His Highness The Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, when he paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi yesterday.

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