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New Dawn Reporter Edwin Genoway is back from the Highway Africa Journalists conference in Grahams Town, South Africa. The conference was intended to strengthen independent media, promote high standards in journalism, and support the important role media plays in building democratic and open societies as well as advancing human and economic development.

Edwin described his participation in the conference as wonderful and a knowledge-sharing experience as he interacted with over 500 journalists from around the world. Edwin said he learnt about the concepts of media regulation, media and civil rights, Newspapers in Education in Zambia, rewriting media ethics for the internet era and corruption in the media work places, amongst many others topics.

The 2012 Highway Africa Conference was held on the theme “Africa Rising: how the media frame the continent’s geopolitics, trade and economic growth”.

The seminar was also aimed at creating opportunity for a robust and informed exchange of ideas around the changing global geopolitical environment and the place of journalism in covering those changes and facilitating global debates.

Edwin left here through the sponsorship of Lonestar Cell MTN to Liberia at the conference that brought together hundreds of journalists from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, China, Cuba, London, South Africa, America, and The Gambia, amongst many others countries.

He explained that the Highway Africa Conference 2012 in association with the Global Forum for Media Development offered exciting sessions of various interests. There were debates with high-level media experts, practical workshops, teaching journalists new skills and focused discussion groups that will develop new ideas and partnerships.

He promised to use the knowledge acquired from the training in his daily reportage and noted the second panel on the first day, Freedom of Information, Transparency and Good Governance in the Digital Age has given him a broad knowledge on how digital, mobile media and the internet have changed the information landscape and media development.

Edwin has meanwhile commended the management of the New Dawn for allowing him to stay away from job for two weeks to attend the wonderful experience and exposure.

He also thanked the Lonestar Cell MTN for the sponsorship to attend the conference and encouraged the institution to continue on the path of building the capacity of Liberian journalists. He also expressed gratitude to the MTN family in South Africa for being very receptive during his stay in that country.

Edwin maintained that his appreciation to the Lonestar Cell MTN family will in no way influence his independence as a Liberian journalist, adding, “It is necessary to thank someone if they do something for you; the MTN was not under compulsion to send me to South Africa; it could have given the opportunity to another journalist or any of its employees.”

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