Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 11:42 PM Dakar – Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, President of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA), Director General of the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP), was received Wednesday in Dakar by the Senegalese Minister of Culture and Communication, Mr. Abdoulaye Diop. The meeting, which takes place on the sidelines of the 8th meeting of the FAAPA Executive Council, which opens on Thursday, was an opportunity to discuss the role and mission of the Atlantic Federation, which brings together currently around twenty African news agencies, and also to discuss the situation and the enormous challenges that African news agencies are currently facing, in a context of Covid-19, infected by fake news and many slippages in the level of ethics. Speaking on the occasion of this meeting, which took place in the presence of press agency officials who are members of the FAAPA Executive Council, Mr. Abdoulaye Diop underlined all “the pleasure for Senegal to receive prestigious institutions like FAAPA ”, qualifying the 8th meeting of the executive council in Dakar as“ of capital importance ”. In this regard, he highlighted the importance of the role incumbent on African agencies in the dissemination of reliable information which takes into account the “reality” of each country on the continent. In this sense, the Minister emphasized the “sense of collective responsibility” which must prevail within press agencies and the media, with the aim of providing credible information which is of close interest to African citizens and which reflects the “True image” of each African country. Instead of focusing on various facts and fake news, we must provide readers with information that affects the citizen, said the Senegalese official. This interview was an opportunity for Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, President of FAAPA, to highlight the importance of the Executive Council meeting on Senegalese soil, the aim being to share experiences between African agencies, as well as to explain the mission devolved on the Atlantic Federation which was created seven years ago. After listing the challenges facing African news agencies, especially after the consequences of the pandemic, and the need for public service, Mr. Hachimi Idrissi cited as a “model to follow” for other countries the example of the national press agency “APS” which, he said “benefits from all the interest on the part of the public authorities to consolidate it, to transform it and to put it in professional orbit”. “Here we have a structuring model that can be used by other countries,” the FAAPA president noted in a statement. “The public authorities consider that the press agency needs to be accompanied to produce a quality public service”, added Mr. Hachimi Idrissi, expressing his “satisfaction, because the very mission of the FAAPA is to ensure that the African public authorities become aware of the centrality of press agencies in the communication and information sector and in the country ”. He stressed that in “the countries which are not aware of this centrality, there has been a lot of fake news and a lot of slippages”. “Whereas when there is a reference public service we are sure to know that the right information exists”, he noted, noting that “the Dakar stage of the FAAPA executive council is a stage of consolidation in which we have just seen an example of the needs of a press agency being taken over by the public authorities ”. On the program of the 8th meeting of the FAAPA Executive Council, there is an inaugural conference focusing on the theme “ The digital transition of African news agencies, urgency and challenges ”, the presentation of the Federation's activity report and the review of the Action Plan for the year 2022, in addition to reading the final report of the 5th FAAPA General Assembly and reading the report and statistics on the FAAPA website, among other activities. The FAAPA, which currently brings together around twenty African press agencies, constitutes a professional platform to promote the exchange of experiences and multimedia information and products. Created on October 14, 2014, the Federation has set itself the objectives of establishing a strategic partnership and developing professional relations between press agencies. It also aims to contribute to the consolidation of the free flow of information and to strengthen cooperation and coordination at the level of regional and international forums.