China news­pa­per to open of­fice in Nigeria

Daily Trust - - AFRICA - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Bei­jing, China

The Chi­nese na­tional daily, China Daily, said it will open an of­fice in Nigeria be­fore the end of this year in or­der to fur­ther strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

This is in­tended for Nige­ri­ans to un­der­stand de­vel­op­ments in China as well as to serve Chi­nese com­pa­nies in the coun­try.

This was dis­closed yes­ter­day by the Board Di­rec­tor, Deputy Chief Edi­tor of the news­pa­per Mr. Gao An­ming dur­ing a meet­ing with a group of jour­nal­ists from Africa in Bei­jing, China.

The of­fice will be set up in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a lo­cal com­pany and will start print­ing in Nigeria.

“We will send a re­porter by the end of this year to Nigeria to study and un­der­stand how news­pa­per work is done in Nigeria but we are go­ing to em­ploy some jour­nal­ists within the coun­try to work for the news­pa­per,” he said.

Apart from the China Daily, the news­pa­per is also print­ing a weekly paper ti­tled Africa Weekly which was launched in 2010 with news across African coun­tries es­pe­cially on Chi­nese in­vest­ments across the con­ti­nent and printed in Nairobi.

Also speak­ing, the As­sis­tant to Ed­i­torin-Chief and Edi­tor, In­ter­na­tional Edi­tion, Mr. Ji Tao, an­nounced the news­pa­per’s plan to start print­ing Africa Weekly in French to serve the fran­co­phone coun­tries in the con­ti­nent which is ex­pected to start from Congo and Sene­gal.

Field­ing ques­tions on how the com­pany sur­vived the pres­sure from the govern­ment be­ing a na­tional news­pa­per, An­ming said they do not ex­pe­ri­ence any pres­sure from govern­ment as the com­pany is in­de­pen­dent and does not rely on govern­ment for its rev­enue.

“We gen­er­ate our rev­enue from advertisement, circulation and Cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions that use our news con­tents. Govern­ment do not sub­si­dize for us and we do not have govern­ment of­fi­cials sit­ting down in our of­fice to dic­tate for us. We crit­i­cize govern­ment pol­icy and govern­ment does not in­flu­ence our ed­i­to­rial,” he said.

On the con­tent of the news­pa­per, he said “it is a gen­eral news­pa­per that cov­ers ev­ery as­pect of the so­ci­ety and we have 50 per­cent each for both news con­tents and advertisement.

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