President Idi Amin of Uganda has called for the establishment of a Pan-African news agency and suggested it set up headquarters in Uganda.
President Idi Amin of Uganda has called for the establishment of a Pan-African news agency and suggested it set up headquarters in Uganda. Speaking at the opening of conference of Organisation of African Unity Information Ministers on Monday (7 November), President Amin also attacked the Western and 'Zionist' mass media. He said the delay in establishing a Pan-African news agency had exposed Africa to the 'unscrupulous machinations' of the 'imperialist and Zionist mass media". President Amin added that many of the conflicts among African states had been caused by false mass media reports.
SYNOPSIS: The conference was held at Arua, about 220 miles (352 kilometres) north-west of Kampala, the Ugandan capital, and close to the Zaire/Sudan borders. Kololo Hill at Arua is the site of a new earth satellite station, which President Amin was officially to open the same day. Alur tribal dancers greeted the delegates.
Among the delegates that President Amin greeted was the assistant secretary general of the Organisation of African Unity, Mr Peter Onu. The Arua station, supervised by United States personnel, is equipped for television radio telex and telephone transmissions. It has two dishes, one-linked with a satellite over the Indian Ocean, and the other for television transmissions throughout Uganda. Among the guests were President Amin's wife, Sarah, and son Moses.